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Valpo Shuts Out Eastern Illinois 2-0
Michelle Nuccio notched the match-winner, the second of her career. (Ray Acevedo)
Michelle Nuccio notched the match-winner, the second of her career. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (3-3-1)
at
Eastern Illinois (1-5-1)
9/11/2011 | Charleston, Ill. | Attendance: 93
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso202
Eastern Illinois000
Scoring
VALPO23:51NUCCIO, Mikki
VALPO26:01HOAGLIN, Rachel (DESARIO, Luisa )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0003
EIUTALDONE, Jessica90:0023
Stats at a GlanceVALPOEIU
Shots (on Goal)15 (5)10 (3)
Saves33
Offsides00
Corner Kicks76
Fouls73

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A pair of goals less than three minutes apart midway through the first half proved to be the only scoring on Sunday afternoon, but it was more than enough for Valparaiso as the Crusaders registered their second shutout of the season, 2-0, over Eastern Illinois at Lakeside Field in Charleston, Ill.

“I thought this was a good win today,” head coach John Marovich said after the match.  “I am really happy with the fact that despite coming off of our overtime match on Friday, we came out with a lot of energy to start.  We wrapped up a four-game road trip 2-1-1.  Any time you get seven points on the road during a trip like this is a real positive.”

Senior Mikki Nuccio (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon H.S.) recorded the match-winner with her first goal of the season for the Crusaders at the 23:51 mark.  She gathered a ball played into the right side and beat goalkeeper Jessica Taldone from 10 yards out to put Valpo on top 1-0.

“The key to our victory today was the spark by some of the kids off of the bench,” Marovich said.  “They made a difference in us getting our first goal.”

Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) added her second goal of the weekend just 2:10 later.  She took a cross from Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) from the left side of the end line and headed the ball into the back of the net.

“Desario and Hoaglin have been a very good combination for us this year,” Marovich added.

Valpo took the 2-0 lead into intermission having outshot the Panthers 9-5 in the opening 45 minutes, including a 4-1 advantage on goal.  The Crusaders continued to control the match in the second half, but was unable to add any more goals and left with the two-goal victory.

Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) made three saves in goal for the Crusaders in the victory, notching her first shutout of the season.  The sophomore netminder now has six career clean sheets, moving her into fourth place alone on Valpo’s career shutout chart.

Valpo finished the match outshooting the Panthers 15-10.  Taldone tallied three saves between the posts for Eastern Illinois (1-5-1).

Valparaiso (3-3-1), having returned to the .500 mark for the first time since Sept. 2, will return to Eastgate Field on Friday afternoon to open Horizon League action.  Kickoff against Green Bay is set for 4 p.m.

Match Notes: Eastern Illinois leads the all-time series 7-3-1 but Valpo has won the last three matches between the two schools … Nuccio’s match-winner was the second of her career … her goal was the third in her four years at Valpo … Hoaglin now has a team-leading three goals and seven points on the season … Hoaglin has moved into a tie for ninth all-time with 11 career goals … she has 28 career points, 10th most in school history … Desario’s assist was her second of the season and seventh of her career … the junior has 27 career points.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo