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Valpo Set for Sunday's Title Match vs. Milwaukee
Valpo looks for its first Horizon League title on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valpo looks for its first Horizon League title on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Match #21: Sunday, November 8, 1 p.m. CST
#3 Valpo (11-8-1, 5-3 Horizon)
    at #1 Milwaukee (11-5-3, 8-0 Horizon)
Horizon League Tournament Championship
Engelmann Field (2,000, Grass) - Milwaukee, Wis.

This Week in Crusader Soccer: Valparaiso takes on Horizon League regular season champion Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon in the championship match of the 2009 Horizon League Tournament with a trip to the NCAA Tournament at stake for the winner.

On the Air:
Every Crusader Horizon League Tournament match will be broadcast live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.  Live stats will be provided through www.valpoathletics.com for the matches as well.  Sunday’s championship contest will also be able to seen live on the Horizon League Network.

Head Coach John Marovich:
John Marovich is 21-14-4 in his second season overall and with Valpo.  Just the third coach in program history, he has moved into second place all-time in victories for the Crusaders.

Series Notes: Valparaiso and Milwaukee are meeting for the 11th time in a series dating back to 1993.  The Panthers have won each of the previous 10 contests, including a 5-1 win over the Crusaders at Eastgate Field back on October 4 of this season.  This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools in Horizon League Tournament play.

Wrapping Up Semifinal Action: Valparaiso earned its second Horizon League Tournament victory in school history on Friday evening with a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Wright State in Milwaukee.  Brooke Henderson had a goal and an assist for the Crusaders while Jessie White added the match-winning tally.  Mele Cabral made four saves for the Brown and Gold between the posts as Valpo won its seventh consecutive match.

Scouting Milwaukee:
The Panthers advanced to the championship match with a 2-0 victory over Loyola (Chicago) on Friday night in the other semifinal.  Milwaukee, the regular season champion, is led by Sarah Hagen, who entered the tournament with 43 points, tallying 19 goals and five assists.  Kate Megna also entered the tournament with 15 assists and 21 total points for the Panthers.  Jamie Forbes sports a 1.10 goals against average and recorded her ninth shutout of the season in the semifinals.

Valpo in the Horizon League Tournament:
The Crusaders have advanced to the championship of the Horizon League Championships for the first time in school history.

Another 10-Win Season:
Valparaiso has assured itself of its sixth straight 10-win season following the victory against Green Bay in the tournament quarterfinal.  The 11 wins this year are the third most in program history, and a win in the championship would tie the 2005 and 2006 squads with a school-record 12 victories.

Freshmen Scoring Duo:
Rookies Rachel Hoaglin and Luisa Desario have paced the Valpo offensive attack this season.  Hoaglin has a team-leading 19 points, including a team-best seven goals and five assists.  She ranks third in the conference in goals and points and fourth in assists.  Desario is fifth in the Horizon League with six goals this year and has 15 total points.  Each of the freshmen has two match-winning goals this year as well.

Win Streak Second Longest Ever: Valpo has won seven straight matches, tied for the second longest streak in school history.  The Crusaders posted eight consecutive triumphs from September 8 through October 1 of 2006.  The current streak began on October 11 with an overtime victory against Detroit, and since then has seen Valpo post five consecutive 2-0 wins.

Henderson Breaks Out in Semifinal Action:
Sophomore Brooke Henderson entered Friday night’s match with two career points on a goal earlier in the season.  Against Wright State she tallied three points, scoring a goal and adding her  first career assist. 

Cabral Ties Career Mark: Mele Cabral’s eight clean sheets on the season rank second all-time for the Crusaders behind her 10 shutouts last year.  She now has matched Erin Murray’s (2004-2007) career shutout record with 20 on the year.

All-Time Scoring Leaders:
Sarah Jewell, Jackie Kondratko, and Jessie White are all in the top-10 on Valpo’s career points list.  Jewell and Kondratko have moved into a seventh place tie with 33 points each while White ranks 10th with 26 points.  Jewell is sixth all-time with 14 career goals while Kondratko is one spot back with 13 career tallies.  White is tied for ninth on the all-time assist list with eight career helpers.

Cabral All-Time Goals Against Average Leader:
Mele Cabral qualified for Valpo’s all-time goals against average list earlier this season when she surpassed 2,500 career minutes in goal.  The senior’s 0.89 career mark moves her in front of Erin Murray (2004-2007) for the top spot.  Murray previously held the record with a 1.19 career goals against mark.

Lots of Games: Jessie White has moved into fifth place all-time in matches played with 77 career appearances at Valpo.  The senior has started 72 matches during her career and with a start in the championship will move into a tie for 10th on the all-time list.

Moving Up the Team Leaderboard: Valpo’s 28 goals and 80 points this season rank as the fifth best single season performances by a Crusader team in school history.  The team’s 24 assists are fourth best as well.  Defensively, 24 goals allowed and a 1.18 team goals against average rank fourth on the single season charts while the team’s eight shutouts are second best.

Team Captains:
Valpo has tri-captains for the 2009 season.  Seniors Mele Cabral and Jackie Kondratko joins sophomore Tracy Roos in assuming the role this year.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo