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Crusaders Take Down Youngstown State Saturday
Rita Craven netted the match-winner for Valpo on Saturday.
Rita Craven netted the match-winner for Valpo on Saturday.
Valparaiso (8-5-2, 2-2-1 HL)
at
Youngstown State (4-10-1, 2-3 HL)
10/19/2013 | Youngstown, Ohio | Attendance: 257
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso022
Youngstown State000
Scoring
VALPO47:41CRAVEN, Rita
VALPO56:53WENZEL, Robin (CRAVEN, Rita , MANSKI, Kristen)
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0004
YSUPODOLSKY, Jackie90:0026
Stats at a GlanceVALPOYSU
Shots (on Goal)17 (8)13 (4)
Saves46
Offsides00
Corner Kicks131
Fouls129
Yellow Cards10

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A pair of goals early in the second half were more than enough for the Valparaiso women's soccer team on Saturday afternoon at Youngstown State as the Crusaders earned their first road win of the season and picked up three key Horizon League points with a 2-0 victory.

"We came out today and we had a nice composure about our performance," said Crusader head coach John Marovich. "I felt like as we got into the match, we were able to make a few adjustments in our attacking which really paid off - we were able to create ourselves lots of chances down the flank, which resulted in numerous corners."

The teams played to a scoreless draw through 45 minutes despite constant pressure from Valpo, as the Crusaders out-shot the Penguins 8-5 in the first half and also earned nine corner kicks. Both Valpo goalkeeper Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) and YSU goalkeeper Jackie Podolsky made two first-half saves to keep the game scoreless.

Valpo broke the seal on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the second half, however. Sophomore Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) made a run down the left side, beating a pair of YSU players before collecting the ball from 12 yards out and sending it inside the far post to put the Crusaders on top, 1-0.

The Crusaders added an insurance goal in the 57th minute as well. Following a save by Manski, the senior unleashed a punt well down the field that Craven ran onto. Craven then sent a cross into the box to freshman Robin Wenzel (Woodstock, Ill./Marian Central Catholic), who was there to apply the finish into the upper-right 90 to make it 2-0 Valpo.

Manski had to make just one save following her assist on Wenzel's goal to maintain the clean sheet, ending the night with four total saves in her 30th career shutout. Podolsky stopped six shots for Youngstown State (4-10-1, 2-3-0 Horizon). Valpo ended the day with a 17-13 advantage in shots and an enormous 13-1 edge in corner kicks over the Penguins.

"In the first half, we got a number of crosses in and other chances, but maybe were just not quite on time with our finishing," said Marovich. "But in the second half, we remained composed and consistent, kept persisting and didn't panic just because the score was still 0-0. We had those opportunities in the second half, and got good execution from the players involved in the goals to finish. Overall, I'm just really pleased with our team's overall performance - to go on the road and earn three points is never easy and has happened only a couple of times in the Horizon League this season."

Valparaiso (8-5-2, 2-2-1 Horizon) will look to make it back-to-back road wins next Saturday afternoon at Detroit. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT, with live stats and live video links available at ValpoAthletics.com.

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