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Late Goal Pushes Michigan Past Crusaders
Rachel Hoaglin scored her first collegiate goal to put Valpo in front 1-0. (Ray Acevedo)
Rachel Hoaglin scored her first collegiate goal to put Valpo in front 1-0. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

For the second straight match Valparaiso battled until the very end, but on Sunday evening Kristen Goncalves scored with just 1:16 left in regulation to lift Michigan to a 2-1 victory over the Crusaders in front of a large crowd at Eastgate Field.

Goncalves took a long ball from Amanda Bowery on the other side of midfield and took advantage of a Crusader defender slipping and falling, then beat goalkeeper Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) one-on-one for the match-winning tally.

The Crusaders scored quickly to open the match for the second straight contest, giving the fans at Eastgate Field something to cheer about.  Jessie White (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) won the end line to the left of the Wolverine goal and sent a cross to the far side where freshman Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) raced in and headed the ball past Kristen Keane to give Valpo a 1-0 lead just 6:04 into the contest.

“That was just a fantastic goal,” head coach John Marovich said afterwards.  “Hats off to Rachel.  That’s a fantastic way to get your first college goal.”

Michigan (1-1) tied the match at the 21:59 mark of the first half scoring on an own goal.  Amanda Bowery sent a free kick into the center of the box which a Crusader defender tried to head away, but unfortunately for the Brown and Gold, it deflected into the back of the goal instead, knotting the score at one.

In an evenly matched first half, the Crusaders went into intermission holding a 6-5 advantage on shot attempts.

In the second half, the Wolverines had more of the possession and scoring opportunities, but the Valpo defense held strong.  Cabral made two of her three saves for the match in the final 45 minutes, but Goncalves took advantage late to score the match-winning goal.

Michigan ended up with a 13-8 advantage in shot attempts, but just a 5-4 edge on goal.  Keane made three stops as well for the visiting Wolverines.

“I want to personally thank everyone that came out to support us today,” Marovich concluded with.  “The crowd was incredible and we fed off of it.  We definitely gave them something to cheer about with a great goal in the first half.”

Valparaiso (0-2) will look to bounce back on Friday evening as the Crusaders close out the two-match homestand at Eastgate Field with a 4 p.m. contest against Northern Illinois.  The match will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

Match Notes: Michigan was the first Big Ten team to visit Eastgate Field since Purdue in 2000 … the loss snapped Valpo’s streak of winning two consecutive home openers … Hoaglin’s goal was her first collegiate tally … White’s assist was the seventh of her career, just one shy of moving into the top-10 all-time at Valpo in helpers … it was also White’s 21st career point … freshman Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) made her first collegiate start.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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