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Crusader Women Win Third Straight Season Opener
Jackie Thomas scored Valpo's first goal of the season.
Jackie Thomas scored Valpo's first goal of the season.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Final Stats 

                Valparaiso opened the 2007 season on Friday afternoon with a 2-0 shutout victory over Murray State at Eastgate Field.  The victory marked the Crusaders’ third straight season-opening win, and first shutout ever to begin a new year.

                 The Crusaders found the scoreboard just 15:24 into the new campaign.  Sarah Jewell (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill H.S.) took a corner kick from the farside and found Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) who headed the ball off of the goal post and connected on what would end up being her second career match-winner.

                 Valpo took the 1-0 lead into intermission, despite outshooting the Racers 6-2 in the opening 45 minutes.  

                “In the first half we did a good job combining between the midfield and forward line creating opportunities, head coach Stephen Anthony said.  “I’m very pleased we were able to score off a corner kick.  We take great pride in trying to execute properly on all restarts and when you get a goal it is a strong way to start the season.”  

                Jessie White (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) added an insurance goal with 15:07 remaining in the match, taking a through ball from Reva Van Aartsen (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East H.S.) and beating Murray State goalkeeper Tara Isbell from 20 yards out.  Sammy Olson (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) started the play from the midfield and also drew an assist.

                 Erin Murray (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley H.S.) made a pair of saves in the match for the Brown and Gold to earn her 15th career shutout.  Isbell made two stops as well for Murray State (0-1).

                 “Erin’s leadership in the back just continues to keep this team well organized and along with Jackie Thomas it was a solid effort defensively to earn the shutout.”

                 The Crusaders finished the match holding a 10-8 advantage in shot attempts as well as a 3-0 edge in corner kick opportunities.

                 “I was very pleased with how disciplined we were defending along the backline and in the midfield,” Anthony said on the victory.

                 Valparaiso (1-0) will continue its homestand on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders host Illinois State.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Eastgate Field.