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Valpo Falls to Milwaukee in Horizon League Championship
Jessie White was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team. (Trevor Thompson)
Jessie White was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team. (Trevor Thompson)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Valparaiso’s seven-match winning streak and season came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a 4-0 decision to Milwaukee in the championship match of the 2009 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Championship.

The Crusaders, the tournament’s third seed, was appearing in their first tournament championship match since joining the conference in 2007.  With the win, Milwaukee, the regular season champion and top seed, earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“This is tough for our kids,” head coach John Marovich said.  “They really battled out there there today and fought throughout.  They overcame a lot this year to have the finish to the season they had.”

Sarah Hagen scored three times in the first half and had four in the match to add to her Horizon League-leading goal total, giving her 24 on the year.  She put the Panthers on the board just 8:53 into the match.  Nicole Sperl sent the ball in from the right side and Hagen headed it into the back of the net.

“Hagen is able to finish and had two headers today,” Marovich said.  “She’s just a really good goal scorer.”

She then added her second tally just 3:46 later as Louise Vraney tipped the ball past Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) and Hagen pushed the ball into the back of the net.  With 21:54 to play before halftime, Laurel Ragalie chipped the ball past the Valpo defense and Hagen finished it for her third goal of the half.

Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) had Valpo’s first chance of the match 28 minutes in, firing a shot from 30 yards out that was saved by Jamie Forbes.

Milwaukee (12-5-3) outshot Valpo 8-2 in the opening half, but both of the Crusaders’ shots were on goal, forcing Forbes to make the stops.

Hagen added her fourth goal of the match with 22:40 remaining, scoring on a header off a cross from Makenzie Gillaspie from the right side and Valpo was unable to find the back of the net to break up the shutout.

The Panthers outshot the Crusaders 14-3 for the match, including a 5-2 edge on goal.  Milwaukee also had the only three corner kicks while holding Valpo without one for the match.

“We wanted to try and change the game and try to take away something they like to do,” Marovich added.  “We tried to limit their shots and we did that holding them to just 14 total.”

Jessie White (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) and Brooke Henderson (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) were both named to the All-Tournament Team following the championship.

Valparaiso finished the season with an 11-9-1 record, posting the third most victories in a single season in school history.

Match Notes: Milwaukee has won all 11 meetings all-time with Valpo … White appeared in her 78th career match, fifth all-time in school history, starting her 73rd career contest, 10th most at Valpo … Valpo’s seven-match win streak was the second longest in school history.

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. #21/21 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