The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team continued its five-match road swing on Sunday, but was unable to overcome host Toledo, as the Rockets earned a 2-0 victory over the Crusaders.
How It Happened
- The Rockets got on the board midway through the first half, as Hannah Sacfaria fed Alena Sidwell for a goal in the 23rd minute.
- Valpo immediately pushed in search of the equalizer, as just seconds after Toledo’s goal, junior Sydney Griffin ( Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central [New Hampshire]) hit the post and junior Cory Griffith (Lemont, Ill./Providence Catholic) had a follow-up effort saved by Toledo keeper Madison Perrin.
- Toledo added an insurance goal eight minutes into the second half, as Scafaria completed a three-point day.
Inside the Match
- Toledo held a narrow 10-9 edge in the shots column over the Crusaders, with both sides placing six efforts on goal. Griffith led Valpo with five shot attempts, including four on goal.
- Freshman Kezia Gesell (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Glenlawn Collegiate Institute) made four saves in goal for the Crusaders, while Perrin stopped six shots for Toledo.
- The match was Valpo’s final road non-conference contest of the season, as the lone non-conference fixture remaining is a matchup against Chicago State on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Thoughts From Coach Marovich
“Unfortunately, we gave away a goal uncharacteristically, which caused us to have to chase the game. We gave ourselves a great chance right after conceding, but their goalkeeper made a nice save.”
“Chasing the game takes its toll on you and we just weren’t good enough today in the final third. We will continue to work on that this week to prepare for The Valley opener next week. It’s time for the second season.”
Valpo (5-5-0) opens up its first season of play within the Missouri Valley Conference since 1998 next Saturday night, as the Crusaders trek to Springfield, Mo. to face Missouri State. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m., with live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.