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Crusaders Take Regular Season Opener From DePaul
Rita Craven tallied the lone goal in Friday's win.
Rita Craven tallied the lone goal in Friday's win.
DePaul (0-1-0)
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Valparaiso (1-0-0)
8/23/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 326
1st2ndFinal
DePaul000
Valparaiso101
Scoring
VALPO31:21CRAVEN, Rita (CRONIN, April )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
DPUGODINEZ, Alejandria90:0012
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0005
Stats at a GlanceDPUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)9 (5)5 (3)
Saves25
Offsides12
Corner Kicks20
Fouls1612
Yellow Cards01

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Valparaiso women's soccer team opened the 2013 campaign on the right foot Friday evening at Brown Field, as a goal in the 32nd minute from sophomore Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) was the deciding tally in a 1-0 victory over Big East foe DePaul.

"Being at home with a Big East opponent, I thought the energy was great for the match," said Crusader head coach John Marovich. "Our fans were great tonight - we had some singing in the crowd, and it was just such a great environment. The reason our players were able to battle and fight through the game tonight was because of the energy present in the stadium."

Both sides had limited opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, with both Valpo and DePaul taking just three shots apiece. All three of the Blue Demons' shots were on goal, but from distance, allowing Crusader goalkeeper Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) to make a trio of saves.

"I liked our attitude and commitment to trying the play in the first half," said Marovich. "We had some very good ideas and really good vision. We just did a good job in being aggressive in trying to get forward."

Meanwhile, Valpo had just one shot on goal in the first half, but made it count for the eventual game-winning tally. A nice run of possession led to freshman April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) carrying down the right flank towards the end line. Cronin passed the ball along the ground to Craven on the right side of the box, and Craven took a touch before sending a well-placed shot inside the far post from 10 yards out to give the Crusaders the edge.

"The goal goes back to vision," said Marovich. "We had some great combination play up the flank, and April slipped in a really nice ball. Rita did a very good job staying composed and letting the play develop. She found a seam at the back post, and finished clinically. It really was a team goal with the bit of possession we had before we got to goal - it was more than just one or two passes."

DePaul would out-shoot Valpo 6-2 in the second half, but again the Crusaders limited the Blue Demons to low-percentage chances. Three of the shots came in the final 10 minutes as DePaul pressed looking for the equalizer, but Manski made one of her two second-half saves late and saw the other two attempts wide as the Crusaders held the clean sheet in the opener.

"The game changed a little bit in the second half," said Marovich. "DePaul was urgent to get to goal quickly, and we didn't have as much of the ball as we would have liked. But I thought we did a really good job winning the ball in the air in the last 45 minutes."

DePaul (0-1-0) ended up with a 9-5 advantage in shots and took the only two corner kicks of the match as well. Manski made five saves for the 23rd shutout of her career, while Alejandria Godinez stopped two shots in the losing effort for the Blue Demons.

"Kristen did a nice job in goal tonight," said Marovich. "She made some saves in the end on some silly fouls we gave away - that's something we need to clean up going forward. I thought everybody who got on tonight did a really nice job, but now we have to get ready a tough game Sunday."

Valparaiso (1-0-0) turns around to play Miami (Ohio) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The RedHawks are receiving votes in the national polling and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Live stats for the game will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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