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Valpo Blanks Butler in Driving Rain Storm
Mikki Nuccio scored Valpo's lone goal just before intermission. (John Enright)
Mikki Nuccio scored Valpo's lone goal just before intermission. (John Enright)
Butler (7-8-1, 2-4 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (8-6-2, 4-2 Horizon)
10/19/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 84
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Valparaiso101
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Shots (on Goal)16 (8)8 (5)
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Offsides03
Corner Kicks62
Fouls1111
Yellow Cards11

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mikki Nuccio’s (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon H.S.) goal with just five seconds remaining before halftime proved to be the difference in the match as Valparaiso defeated Butler 1-0 on a rainy and windy Wednesday afternoon at Eastgate Field.

“Both teams dealt with the difficult conditions well today and that is a testament to all of the players on both sides,” head coach John Marovich said after the match.

In the first half the Crusaders were moving with the wind but were unable to crack the back of the net until the final seconds.  Kelsey Draper (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg H.S.) started the play, leaving the ball for Casey Pedersen (Northville, Mich./Mercy H.S.).  Pedersen gave a touch to Nuccio at the top of the box, and the senior blasted the ball over Bulldog netminder Julie Burton into the back of the net for the lone goal of the match.

“It was a bit frustrating in the first half when we had the wind,” Marovich added.  “We wanted to take advantage of having the wind.  Mikki hit it hard and with the wind it helped what was a good shot.  Getting that goal before halftime was really big.”

The second half saw the Bulldogs try to take advantage with the wind, outshooting the Crusaders 12-2 in the stanza.  Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) came up big for the Brown and Gold, making six saves to keep Butler off of the scoreboard and securing the win.

“We went into the second half with a defensive plan and we did a pretty good job executing it,” Marovich said of the final 45 minutes.

Manski finished the match with eight saves for her sixth shutout of the season, moving the sophomore into a tie for third on the Crusaders’ single season charts.

“That’s a great shutout today,” Marovich stated.  “Against the wind the ball floats on you and makes it tough to judge.  In the second half, win the wind, the ball comes in at a rapid pace.”

Butler (7-8-1, 2-4 Horizon) finished the match outshooting the Crusaders 16-8 and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities.  Burton made four saves for the Bulldogs, three of which came in the first half.

With the victory, the Crusaders have assured themselves a berth in the Horizon League Championships which begin November 1 on campus sites.

“I had told the team all season long that despite our record and past successes we had not accomplished anything yet,” Marovich concluded.  “Now we have accomplished something.  Our next goal is to be prepared for Wright State on Sunday.”

Valparaiso (8-6-2, 4-2) will close out the home portion of the regular season against Wright State on Sunday afternoon at Eastgate Field.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. with Senior Day festivities taking place prior to the match.

Match Notes: Butler leads the all-time series 6-3 but the Crusaders have won the last three meetings between the two schools … Manski’s shutout was the 11th of her career, third all-time at Valpo … Nuccio’s goal was her third of the season, all match-winners … four of Nuccio’s five career tallies are match-winners … Pedersen’s assist was her second of the season while Draper’s was the first of her career … Pedersen now has 16 career points … the shutout was the eighth of the year for the Crusaders, tied for second on the team’s single season charts … Tracy Roos (Centennial, Colo./Cherry Creek H.S.) came out of the match for the first time since 2009 … Roos has started all 74 matches during her career … all four Horizon League wins by Valpo have been 1-0.

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M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
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Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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Apr 18 Valpo 6
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Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
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Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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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
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Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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Apr 25
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Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M 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
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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)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3
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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
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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
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