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Crusaders Top Northwestern 1-0
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Valparaiso (3-2-0)
9/5/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 361
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Northwestern000
Valparaiso101
Scoring
VALPO32:38ANESINI, Katriona (RYFIAK, Jordyn )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
NUHascher, Jenna90:0014
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0004
Stats at a GlanceNUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)13 (4)7 (5)
Saves44
Offsides00
Corner Kicks22
Fouls49

Friday, September 06, 2013

Early pressure from the Crusaders set the tone for the remainder of the match Thursday night against the Northwestern Wildcats.  That pressure eventually led to the lone goal scored in an impressive 1-0 victory for the Crusader women. Freshman Katriona Anesini (Seattle, Wash./Ballard) put Valpo ahead in the 33rd minute of the match and the Crusader defense ensured that the freshman's goal would be the game winner.

The Crusaders put their stamp on the game early; dominating possession and building a dangerous attack through the midfield.  Early on the game, the Crusaders put together several periods of solid possession that resulted in great chances on goal.  Senior Hailey Chmela (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) and sophomore Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) each took shots early in the game. Craven's chance forced the Wildcat goalie to produce an important early game save.  Craven was active all night, pressuring the Northwestern backs and turning them over in dangerous areas.  This type of pressure would eventually lead to the Crusader goal.

"I thought in the first half we had a good start to the game - we developed a rhythm and really started to keep the ball and build through our midfield", said head coach John Marovich.  "Our defending in the first half really allowed us to keep the ball and play the way that we wanted to.  Our backs made it difficult to turn and face goal.  As a result, we were able to win back possession and limit their amount of quality chances."

In the 33rd minute of the match, the Crusaders won the ball in the midfield and immediately looked to go forward.  An early ball played into Sophomore Jordyn Ryfiak (Rockford, Mich./Rochford) resulted in a creative flick into the Wildcat penalty area.  The flick was met by Anesini, who showed tremendous skill finishing the chance with a one touch effort.  The play could not have been more perfect as the goal was not only Anesini's first touch of the match, but her first career goal and game winner.  

Needing a goal in the second half, Northwestern played a more direct style of soccer in hopes of getting in and behind the Crusader back line.  Although the Wildcats took 9 shots in the second half, they were unable to create a quality chance.  Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North) only needed to make 4 saves on the night, as Tara Ellis (Portage, Ind./Portage), Shelby Oelschlager Glendale, Ariz./Mountain Ridge), Kelsey Draper (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg), and Jennifer Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) were able to sort out much of the Wildcat pressure before it became an issue.  

"The second half was a little different; they came out and played more direct and really tried to press the game.  They bypassed their midfield and played direct ball into their forwards to run onto.  This caused a little more trouble for us but our backs were able to win balls in the air and keep the ball out of our area."

Each of the five games the Crusaders have played in this season has been decided by just 1 goal.  The importance of this type of win cannot be understated, as the Crusaders now sit at 3-2-0 on the season.  Going forward, a close victory against a good side such as Northwestern will only help the Crusaders overcome challenges down the road. 

"Northwestern was a very good side; they had athletes who were very dangerous in the attack.  There were going to compete hard for 90 minutes.  We knew being up a goal, they were going to fight hard to try and level the game.  I really liked how we handled that pressure.  We played a little more direct than I would have liked, but it allowed us to kill the game a preserve the win.  It was good to get a win at home against a side like Northwestern.  This win will give us an opportunity to work on some things in training and keep improving as we go forward." 

The Crusader women are back in action at Brown Field on Sunday to take on the IPFW Mastodons (2-2-0).  The match is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff.  Live stats 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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Horizon League Tournament
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