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Valpo Defeats Butler for First Time in School History
Jackie Kondratko registered her fifth career match-winning goal. (Ray Acevedo)
Jackie Kondratko registered her fifth career match-winning goal. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Valparaiso earned a home match for the Horizon League Tournament on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated instate rival Butler for the first time in school history with a 2-0 shutout against the Bulldogs at Eastgate Field.

Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) and Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) provided the offense and Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) registered her third straight shutout as the Crusaders assured themselves of a third place finish in the Horizon League, their highest finish since joining the conference.

Playing on a wet field with winds over 20 miles per hour, the two schools battled to a scoreless draw over the first 45 minutes of play.  Butler had a 6-4 shot advantage, utilizing the win at its back, but Cabral made three saves to keep the Bulldogs off of the scoreboard.

“I thought we managed the game well in the first half with the conditions what they were and the wind in our face,” head coach John Marovich said.  “We did a good job in the air.”

Kondratko put the Crusaders on the scoreboard 9:17 out of the locker room.  Cabral started the play with clearing the ball with a throw-out and Kondratko ended up finishing with a header in the box off of a cross from the left side by Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.).

“In the second half we were able to press the game with the wind and Jackie’s goal was just world class,” Marovich added.

Hoaglin then added an insurance goal with 17:09 remaining, poking the ball away from Butler goalkeeper Jessica Schein and pushing it just past the goal line.

Butler (7-10-1, 3-3-1 Horizon) finished the match outshooting Valpo 9-6, but the Crusaders’ midfield play helped control the tempo.

Jessie White (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) did an outstanding job of putting pressure on in the second half,” Marovich concluded.  “It helped set the tone and led to that second goal.”

Cabral finished the match with four saves for her sixth shutout of the year, ranking her in a tie for second on the single season charts at Valpo.

Valparaiso (8-8-1, 5-3), which has reached .500 for the first time this season, will close out the regular season at Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon hosting IPFW on Senior Day.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. with all the action heard live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

Match Notes: Butler had won the first six matches all-time in the series prior to Friday … Kondratko’s match-winning goal was the fifth of her career, ranking her in a tie for seventh all-time … the goal was the 11th of her career, moving her into a tie for eighth with Lindsay Holley (2001-2004) and Jackie Thomas (2004-2007) on the all-time list … Hoaglin’s goal gives her six on the year, tied for ninth on the single season list … her 16 points rank her eighth for a single season … Valpo has scored 22 goals this season, tied for fifth most in school history for a single season.

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