Match #12: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. CDT
Valpo (6-5, 0-1 Horizon)
at Loyola (5-5, 1-0 Horizon)
Match #13: Friday Oct. 5, 4 p.m. CDT
Detroit (3-6-1, 1-0-1 Horizon)
at Valpo (6-5, 0-1 Horizon)
This Week in Crusader Soccer: Valparaiso heads to Chicago on Tuesday evening for a rare midweek Horizon League contest as the Crusaders battle Loyola. Valpo then returns to Eastgate Field on Friday to begin its final homestand of the season as the Crusaders welcome Detroit to town in another league tilt.
On the Air: Friday’s match against Detroit will be carried live by WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Students will be providing both the play-by-play and color commentary. Tuesday’s contest at Loyola will not be broadcast.
Series Notes: Loyola holds a 10-4 advantage all-time against Valparaiso and have won each of the last five meetings between the two schools, including last year’s 1-0 victory at Eastgate Field. The Ramblers are the only school the Crusaders have faced every year since the women’s soccer program was founded in 1993. Detroit is 3-0 all-time against Valparaiso but the two schools have not met since the Titans won an 8-1 match back on September 24, 1995.
Scouting Loyola: The Ramblers have won three straight matches following a 3-1 victory at Drake on Sunday afternoon. Loyola is 3-1 at home this season. Cynthia Morote-Ariza leads the Ramblers offensively with five goals and five assists for 15 points. Katie Heidenreich has added six more points, including a pair of goals for Loyola, which has had nine different goal scorers this year. In goal, Colleen Dougherty and Lauren Sommer have split time between the posts. Daugherty has a 1.45 goals against average while Sommer is at 2.00.
Scouting Detroit: The Titans enter the week unbeaten in their last three matches following a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. Detroit downed Green Bay 2-0 in its Horizon League opener last Friday. Trina Kochanski leads Detroit with four goals and nine points while Emily Kiely has added five points for the Titans. In goal, Katie Fortenberry has logged every minute for Detroit, posting a 1.65 GAA and a .721 save percentage.
Wrapping Up Last Week’s Action: Valpo wrapped up non-conference action on Friday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over Indiana State. Ani Michl scored a pair of goals and Jessie White had the match-winner for the Crusaders. Sarah Jewell added a pair of assists in the victory. On Sunday, the Crusaders opened Horizon League play dropping a 2-0 decision to Butler. The Bulldogs scored on a free kick in the first half and added a penalty kick goal in the final minutes.
Anthony Closing in on Win #75: Head coach Stephen Anthony is one win shy of 75 for his career. The Crusader leader has led Valpo to 40 victories since the start of the 2004 season.
Michl Finds Scoring Column: After scoring just once during her freshman season, Ani Michl found the back of the net twice in Valpo’s victory over Indiana State. The sophomore entered the match with five career points and nearly doubled the total in just one match.
Murray Keeps Adding to Shutout Record: Erin Murray has already recorded her third shutout this season, giving her 17 for her career. Her school record is the most clean sheets for any Crusader, male or female, in school history. The three shutouts this year already tie for fifth on the school’s single season charts.
Thomas Makes Goals Count: Jackie Thomas currently leads the Crusaders in scoring with four goals, all of which have resulted in match-winners for Valpo. Her four match-winners are tied with Lori Moore (2000 and 2001) and Lori Johnson (2006) for the most in a single season in Crusader history. In addition, Thomas now has five career victors, tied for fourth all-time.
Johnson and Brown Also Score Winners: Lori Johnson is third in school history with six match-winning goals over the course of her career while Kendall Brown is just one match-winner behind, as her five markers are tied for fourth on the all-time list with Jackie Thomas.
Home Season Winding Down: When Valpo entertains Detroit on Friday afternoon, it will mark the beginning of the Crusaders’ final homestand of the season. The Brown and Gold will host Milwaukee on October 12 before entertaining Green Bay on Senior Day October 14.
Four Among Scoring Elite: Valparaiso currently has four players among the top-10 in school history on the all-time goal scoring list. Junior Kendall Brown is tied for fourth all-time with 15 goals while classmate Lori Johnson is alone in sixth place after scoring a goal this year to give her 12 for her career. Sophomore Sarah Jewell has moved into a tie for seventh on the scoring charts after posting goal number 11 earlier this season. Jackie Thomas has scored four times this year, ranking her in a tie for ninth with eight career markers.
McGlone and Murphy Tied for Seventh on All-Time Assist Charts: Dana McGlone and Laura Murphy each are in a tie for seventh place on Valpo’s career assist list. The pair each have seven helpers during their career wearing the Brown and Gold.
Brown, Johnson, and Jewell Among Points Leaders: Kendall Brown is tied for fourth in school history with 36 career points. Lori Johnson and Sarah Jewell are both tied for seventh on the same list with her 29 points. Jewell already has five this season.
Jewell Leads Crusaders in Helpers: Sarah Jewell dished out a pair of assists in the victory over Indiana State to give her three on the season, leading the Crusaders and ranking fourth in the Horizon League. The sophomore now has five helpers for her career.
Valpo Has Five Shutouts in 11 Matches: The Crusader defense has been stingy throughout the first 11 matches of the year. Valpo has shutout five opponents, one shy of the current school record of six set in 2004 for single season shutouts as a team. As a team, Valpo has posted a 0.90 goals against average.
Home Sweet Home: Valparaiso is 5-2 thus far this season at Eastgate Field, continuing to show how difficult it is for opponents to win on the Crusaders’ home turf. Valpo is now 22-7-1 at home since the start of the 2004 season.
Horizon League Play Remains: The remainder of Valpo’s regular season will consist of entirely Horizon League contests. The Crusaders last eight matches of the year are all against conference foes. Prior to this season, Valpo had not played more than three consecutive league matches in any one season.
Winning Non-Conference Season Again: Valpo has assured itself of its fourth straight winning season outside of league play. The Crusaders have gone 6-4 this year, and have posted a winning mark outside of conference play every year beginning in 2004.
Valpo Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll: The Crusaders were selected to finish in sixth place in their inaugural season as members of the Horizon League according to the preseason poll conducted of the league’s head coaches. Valpo will open Horizon League play on September 30 at Eastgate Field against Butler.