The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee scored three times in the first half and Valparaiso could not recover on Friday evening as the Panthers defeated the Crusaders 5-0 at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
Sarah Hagen scored the first of two goals on the evening at the 20:44 mark on a header off of a cross from Keara Thompson to break the scoreless deadlock and Makenzie Gillaspie added another header goal less than seven minutes later.
The Panthers took a 3-0 lead into the locker room following a goal from Thompson just before halftime as Milwaukee outshot Valpo 11-4 in the opening 45 minutes.
Hagen added another goal in the 61st minute and Megahan Elvington capped the scoring at the 82:31 mark.
Milwaukee outshot Valpo 21-5 on the evening, including an 11-1 edge on goal. Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) and Stefanie Matsas (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.) each made three saves between the posts for the Crusaders, with each playing one half on the evening.
Leslie Deebach made the only save for Milwaukee (7-4-2, 3-0 Horizon).
Valparaiso (5-6-3, 1-3) will remain in Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon to battle Green Bay. Kickoff is slated for noon.
Match Notes: Matsas’ appearance marked her collegiate debut … Sarah Melhorn (White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake H.S.) saw her string of consecutive starts end at 51 as she missed the match … Milwaukee leads the all-time series 12-0 … Hailey Chmela (Hawthron Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich H.S.) had Valpo’s lone shot on goal.