The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team kicked off a five-match road swing on Friday evening in Dayton, Ohio, falling to Wright State by a 3-0 final.
The Raiders took the lead less than 10 minutes into the match, an advantage they would not relinquish.
How It Happened
- Mattie Cutts played a ball for Wright State over the top to forward Sarah Colvin in the 10th minute. Crusader goalkeeper Kezia Gesell (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Glenlawn Collegiate Institute) came rushing out to try to corral the pass, but Colvin was able to lob a chip over Gesell and into the back of the net for the game’s first goal.
- Wright State (4-3-0) added insurance goals from Andrea Gomez in the 55th minute and Jordyne Helinski in the 61st minute to close the scoring.
Inside the Match
- The Crusaders were out-shot 11-5 on Friday, including a 6-4 Wright State advantage in attempts on goal. After out-shooting its opponents in each of the season’s first five matches, Valpo has now been out-shot in each of its last two fixtures.
- Valpo did enjoy a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks on Friday and now has attempted 43 corners through seven matches, versus just 15 for its opponents.
- Gesell stopped three shots in goal, while WSU goalkeeper Maddie Jewell made four saves.
- Sophomore Ali Quillen (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) and junior Natalia Kontul (Solon, Ohio/Solon) played the full 90 minutes in the back for the Crusaders. Quillen has now gone the distance in 22 straight matches.
Thoughts From Coach Marovich
"We were able to see tonight how thte team responds to adversity, which gives us a great opportunity to grow as individuals and as a team."
"We have to have short memories and prepare for our game on Sunday. We must respond the same way in defeat as we do when victorious - we simply learn and move on to the next task."
Valpo (4-3-0) looks to close the weekend on a winning note Sunday at Fort Wayne. Kickoff is slated for noon, with live stats and live video available via ValpoAthletics.com.