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Valpo Continues Best Start with Win at IPFW
Casey Pedersen scored her first goal as a Crusader on Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Casey Pedersen scored her first goal as a Crusader on Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, September 03, 2010

Valparaiso scored three times in less than 18 minutes spanning both halves on Friday evening as the Crusaders defeated IPFW 4-2 at Hefner Stadium in Fort Wayne, Ind. to improve to 3-0-1 on the season, the best four match start in program history.

“I was really pleased with the performance of our team tonight, especially in the second half,” head coach John Marovich said. “We were able to tweak some things with the system during the match and the kids responded to them.”

The Crusaders found the scoreboard first with just over 10 minutes remaining before halftime.  Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) picked up a Mastodon clearing attempt, dribbled down field, and fired a blast from 25 yards out, beating goalkeeper Erin Nayler.

Valpo took the 1-0 lead into intermission, despite being outshot 5-3 by IPFW.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Valpo struck again.  Brooke Henderson (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) headed home a free kick off of the foot of Sarah Melhorn (White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake H.S.) to make it 2-0 Crusaders.

“We scored some really nice goals tonight, including Brooke’s off of a set piece” Marovich added.

Four minutes later, Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Barlett H.S.) gave Valpo a three goal advantage with her second tally of the season.  Catherine Terrell (Brighton, Mich./Brighton H.S.) started the play, finding Lauren Gagnon (Grand Haven, Mich./Spring Lake H.S.) in the middle of the box.  Gagnon slotted the ball to Desario, who beat Nayler one on one for the goal.

“In the second half we did an extremely good job of moving the ball and changing the point of attack,” Marovich said.

IPFW (1-3) got on the scoreboard with 32:24 to play in the match as Lisa Underwood scored her first goal of the season with Tara O’Toole drawing the assist.

Valpo immediately answered as Casey Pedersen (Northville, Mich./Mercy H.S.) scored her first goal as a Crusader.  With Henderson drawing the assist, Pedersen beat Nayler from 25 yards out to the far post, giving the Brown and Gold a 4-1 advantage.

The Mastodons would add one late goal with just under 20 minutes remaining as Arianne Mason scored on a ball that slipped through Valpo keeper Kristen Manski’s (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) hands, but that would be the last time IPFW would find the back of the net on the night.

“We played pretty solid defensively all night, but we made two mistakes and that’s what we have to clean up,” Marovich concluded.

Valpo finished the match with just eight total shot attempts, but six of them were on goal with four finding the back of the net.  IPFW had 15 total attempts, with Manski making five stops between the posts.

The Crusaders return home on Sunday afternoon to host Eastern Kentucky at Eastgate Field, looking to remain unbeaten on the 2010 season.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Match Notes: Valpo is now 7-2-1 all-time against IPFW and has won four straight meetings between the two schools … this was the first time all season Valpo was outshot in a match … Desario is the only multi-goal scorer for the Crusaders this season, with seven other players having one goal each … Desario also has a team-leading six points … Gagnon tied Desario for a team-leading two assists … Hoaglin and Desario each have eight career goals … Valpo’s four goals in a match were the most since posting a 4-0 victory against IPFW at Eastgate Field on Sept. 7, 2007.

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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
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