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Valpo Women Rally Past UMKC in Season Opener
Trisha Wladecki had a goal and an assist in the season-opening victory on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Trisha Wladecki had a goal and an assist in the season-opening victory on Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) and Trisha Wladecki (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake H.S.) each had a goal and an assist as Valparaiso rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat UMKC 3-2 on Saturday evening in the regular season opener for both teams played at Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field in Kansas City, Mo.

Trailing 1-0 at intermission, the Crusaders tied the match just under 10 minutes into the second half.  Wladecki sent a cross from the right side that connected with Catherine Terrell (Brighton, Mich./Brighton H.S.) in the box.  Terrell finished into the lower right corner of the net, past Kangaroo goalkeeper Jami Finnell.

“Cat’s run on her goal was just outstanding,” head coach John Marovich said.

With 20:17 remaining in regulation, Wladecki gave Valpo the lead.  She finished a cross from Desario inside the 18-yard box to make it 2-1 Crusaders.

Desario then added what would prove to be a key insurance goal less than seven minutes later.  Desario converted on a through ball from Brooke Henderson (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) with a low finish, increasing the advantage to 3-1.

“We utilized the field much better in the second half than we did in the first,” Marovich added.  “We had some really good runs.”

With just under 10 minutes remaining, UMKC cut Valpo’s lead in half as Taylor Bare finished a feed from Ashley Gann.  The Kangaroos would not be able to convert again though, and the Crusaders won their season opener for the fifth time in the last six years.

Valpo finished the match holding a 12-8 shot advantage, including a 7-4 advantage on goal.  Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) made two saves in winning her collegiate debut while Finnell made four stops for the Kangaroos.

The Crusaders also held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks earned on the evening.

The first half was scoreless until 2:29 before the break when Gann picked up a loose ball and scored from just inside the 18-yard box to give UMKC (0-1) a 1-0 lead at the break.

“We were a bit out of sorts in the first half,” Marovich said.  “We got out of playing our game.”

Valparaiso (1-0) will return home on Friday evening as the Crusaders host Eastern Illinois under the lights of Brown Field.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Valpo is now 5-13 all-time in season openers, with all five victories coming in the last six years … this was the first meeting ever between the Crusaders and UMKC … the Aug. 21 start matched 2009 for the earliest opening match date in program history … the three goals scored were the most by Valpo since tallying three in a 3-2 win against Detroit on Oct. 11, 2009 … Valpo won despite trailing at halftime, something the Crusaders were not able to do last season (0-4) … the Crusaders also won with the Kangaroos scoring first, after going 0-7-1 when the opposition tallied the first goal in 2009 … besides Manski, freshmen Amanda Ulin (Solon, Iowa/Solon H.S.) and Lauren Gagnon (Grand Haven, Mich./Spring Lake  H.S.) both started their collegiate debuts.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
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
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 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
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