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Crusaders' Season Comes to an End Tuesday
Kristen Manski and the Crusaders dropped their first-round tournament game at Detroit on Tuesday. (Courtesy Jamar Brown - Detroit Athletics)
Kristen Manski and the Crusaders dropped their first-round tournament game at Detroit on Tuesday. (Courtesy Jamar Brown - Detroit Athletics)
Valparaiso (8-7-3, 2-3-2 HL)
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Detroit (11-7-1, 4-3 HL)
11/5/2013 | Detroit, Mich. | Attendance: 0
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Scoring
DETROIT106:37BROWN, Heather (ZAWACKI, Sara )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen106:3714
DETROITDUNBAR, Martha106:3702
Stats at a GlanceVALPODETROIT
Shots (on Goal)9 (2)13 (5)
Saves42
Offsides11
Corner Kicks66
Fouls715
Yellow Cards10

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The Valparaiso women's soccer team saw its season come to a heartbreaking end on Tuesday afternoon in Detroit, Mich., as Detroit scored less than four minutes from the end of double overtime to send the Crusaders to a 1-0 defeat in opening-round play of the 2013 Horizon League Championship.

Regulation play proved to be mainly a battle in the middle third of the field between the fifth-seeded Crusaders and the fourth-seeded Titans, as while Detroit out-shot Valpo 10-8 in the opening 90 minutes, only five combined shots were on goal. Senior Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) made three saves in regulation for the Crusaders, while Martha Dunbar made a pair of stops for Detroit to keep the game scoreless.

While there weren't many shots on goal, both sides had opportunities in regulation ring off the goal frame. The Titans had a shot hit the post in the final minute of the first period, and then also put a shot from the right flank off the crossbar in the 86th minute. Then, with less than 90 seconds to go in the second half, the Crusaders had a corner kick placed perfectly in the center of the box, but the ensuing header hit the post to ensure the game would enter extra time scoreless.

Both sides had one shot attempt blocked by a defender in the opening 10 minutes of extra time, and Manski then made a simple save on a header from the top of the box in the 103rd minute. But the Titans scored the golden goal in the 107th minute, as Sara Zawacki's cross got knocked to Heather Brown, on the left side of the box, just outside the six. Brown's strike beat Manski to the near post to send Detroit (11-7-1) into the tournament semifinals.

Tuesday's loss ended the Crusaders' season, as well as the careers of seniors Manski, Hailey Chmela, Tara Ellis, Lauren Gagnon, Katie Gratzianna and Amanda Ulin. The group of six seniors helped Valpo to 31 victories over their four-year Crusader careers, combining to make 333 appearances in the Brown and Gold, including 217 starts. In their last three seasons, Valpo posted three of the top-five defensive seasons in program history, including the nation's best GAA in 2012.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo