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Golden Goal Gives Crusaders Early Morning Victory
Jordyn Ryfiak knocked home the match-winner early Saturday morning.
Jordyn Ryfiak knocked home the match-winner early Saturday morning.
Grand Canyon (0-2-0)
at
Valparaiso (2-1-0)
8/30/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 193
1st2nd1OT Final
Grand Canyon0000
Valparaiso0011
Scoring
VALPO93:52RYFIAK, Jordyn (CHMELA, Hailey )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
GCULena, Catherine93:5214
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen93:5201
Stats at a GlanceGCUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)5 (1)11 (5)
Saves41
Offsides05
Corner Kicks12
Fouls1410
Yellow Cards42

Friday, August 30, 2013

In a game which spanned two days, sophomore Jordyn Ryfiak (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) made sure it was the Valparaiso women's soccer team and its fans which would go to bed happy, as Ryfiak found the back of the net in the 94th minute for the golden goal in a 1-0 victory over Grand Canyon at Brown Field.

The clock struck midnight late in the second half, but the two teams kept playing on, as the game would eventually head into overtime scoreless. The Crusaders held the better of play early in extra time, and made it pay just inside of four minutes into the extra session. Senior Hailey Chmela (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) gained possession in the box and had an attempt at goal blocked by a GCU defender, where it deflected to Ryfiak. From the edge of the six-yard box, Ryfiak sent a shot which hit off the inside of the right-hand post and into the net for the game-winner.

"I thought Hailey had a very good performance today - her ability to get in behind in the first half set a tone for us," said Crusader head coach John Marovich. "I'm excited that in the end, she was able to create an opportunity for Jordan - I think it was well deserved. The same goes for Jordan as well. She did some very good work in the second half and did a tremendous job of helping us keep possession. It was fitting she was able to finish it off with a goal after a great effort."

The start of the game was delayed nearly three hours due to inclement weather from storms moving through the area, with the teams being called off the field as just over 30 minutes remained in pregame warmups. Once the lightning subsided, the teams re-took the pitch for the final half-hour of warmups at approximately 9:45 p.m., with kickoff finally coming at 10:20 p.m.

The first half saw Valpo control play, as the Crusaders kept the Antelopes from even attempting a shot or winning a corner kick. Meanwhile, of Valpo's five shots in the first three-quarters of an hour, the Crusaders had one stellar opportunity. Chmela took a strike from just inside the top of the box in the 26th minute that eluded Grand Canyon goalkeeper Cat Lena, but caromed off the upper-right corner of the goal frame and back into play.

In the second half, the Crusaders maintained the better of possession, but the shots evened out, as Grand Canyon (0-2-0) had five attempts to Valpo's four. Neither side had a real quality scoring chance in the period, however, as the game advanced into overtime.

Senior Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./East) ended up having to make just one save to earn her second shutout of the season, while Lena stopped four shots for the Antelopes. Valpo ended the contest with an 11-5 edge in total shots.

"I was pleased with the way our midfield was able to help us keep the ball in the second half," said Marovich. "We had the ball a bit more, although we maybe gave away a few more chances, it felt like we had better control of the game and gave ourselves more chances to be successful. In the end, we're happy to get the result - Grand Canyon has a nice team that was good for us to play against with the different problems they posed us."

Valparaiso (2-1-0) hits the road for the first time this season on Sunday to take on Kent State. Live stats for the match will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo