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Crusaders Fall to Cleveland State
Trisha Wladecki had three shot attempts off the bench Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Trisha Wladecki had three shot attempts off the bench Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, October 22, 2010

While Valparaiso out-shot Cleveland State on the day, the Vikings scored just before halftime and then added an insurance tally late in the second half as the Crusaders fell, 2-0, Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.

“I thought we had some good chances to score today,” said Crusader head coach John Marovich.  “Tara Ellis (Portage, Ind./Portage) created a great chance we couldn't finish on.  Then Cleveland State scored late in the first half and we ended up chasing the game, something that we haven't been good at throughout this season.”

The Crusaders and Vikings each tallied five shot attempts in the opening 45 minutes, with Valpo pushing the tempo in the latter stages of the half, putting three shots on goal in a three-minute stretch.  But CSU's Kelly Zinkiewich stopped all three shots, and the Vikings got on the board in the 43rd minute.  Jessica Bound set a cross into the six-yard box from the end line, where Natalie Daniels outjumped everyone and headed the ball into the back of the net for the game's opening tally.

Valpo controlled the game in the second half, out-shooting Cleveland State by an 8-3 count and maintaining possession for the better part of the half in its offensive end.  But the Crusaders couldn't push the tying marker across the goal line, as Zinkiewich made two more saves and other efforts were just outside the goal frame. 

Then, the Vikings got their second goal in the 76th minute after a corner kick.  Taylor Vidovic corralled the ball inside the 18 and sent it towards net, where Sylvia Olsby took it on the edge of the six-yard box and sent it through traffic into the left side of the net for the 2-0 margin.

Valparaiso closed the game with a 13-8 edge in shot attempts and placed five shots on goal to the Vikings' four.  Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North) made a pair of saves in net for the Crusaders, while Zinkiewich stopped five shots over the course of the game.  Cleveland State (9-6-2, 5-2-0 Horizon) held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.  Valpo sophomore Trisha Wladecki (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) led the Crusaders with three shot attempts.

“We all wish we could score that one goal to get us over the top, but it just hasn't happened for us yet,” said Marovich.  “We're going to come out professionally on Sunday against Youngstown State and look to play a solid and strong game to close out the year.”

Valparaiso (5-8-4, 1-5-1 Horizon) closes out the regular season at Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon as it faces off with Youngstown State.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., with Senior Day ceremonies taking place prior to the game.  All the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo