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Crusaders Complete Weekend Sweep With Win Over EIU
Hailey Chmela and Katie Gratzianna during Senior Day ceremonies.
Hailey Chmela and Katie Gratzianna during Senior Day ceremonies.
Eastern Illinois (0-9-0)
at
Valparaiso (6-3-1)
9/22/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 311
1st2ndFinal
Eastern Illinois011
Valparaiso202
Scoring
VALPO11:59FASSBINDER, Jenny (GAGNON, Lauren )
VALPO40:57LUDWIG, Sarrah (WARNER, Kristen )
EIU71:16MILLER, Hannah (RADLOFF, Meagan )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
EIUHINTON, Emily90:0024
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0014
Stats at a GlanceEIUVALPO
Shots (on Goal)12 (5)11 (6)
Saves44
Offsides22
Corner Kicks25
Fouls1615
Yellow Cards10

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Valparaiso women's soccer team closed out its non-league slate Sunday afternoon at Brown Field on a positive note, as first-half goals from sophomores Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) and Sarrah Ludwig (Downers Grove, Ill./South) stood up for the Crusaders in a 2-1 victory over Eastern Illinois.

Sunday served as Senior Day for the Crusaders, as prior to the game, Valpo honored its six seniors: Hailey Chmela (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich), Tara Ellis (Portage, Ind./Portage), Lauren Gagnon (Grand Haven, Mich./Spring Lake), Katie Gratzianna (Elmhurst, Ill./York), Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) and Amanda Ulin (Solon, Iowa/Solon). The group of six has been part of 29 victories and counting in their four years in Crusader uniforms.

With all six seniors in Valpo's starting eleven on Sunday, it would be Gagnon who helped to set up the game's opening goal in the 12th minute. With the ball in the attacking third, Gagnon sent a pass on the left side to Fassbinder, who controled outside the box and then made a move past her defender. The sophomore hit a shot from 15 yards out which EIU goalkeeper Emily Hinton looked to save, but it bounced off her hands into the back of the net at the near post to give Valpo the early 1-0 advantage.

Valpo added its second goal of the game just over four minutes before the break. Junior Kristen Warner (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard South) took a corner kick from the left side and sent it to the top of the box on the far side. Ludwig was there to corral it, took a touch and then rifled a strike inside the near post to make it 2-0 to the Crusaders at halftime.

"I thought to get two goals in the first half put ourselves in a really great situation," said Crusader head coach John Marovich. "The set piece that Sarrah scored off of was well-excuted and was a great shot by her."

Having been limited to just two first-half shots by the Crusader defense, Eastern Illinois pushed forward in the second half, ending the final 45 minutes with 10 shot attempts. The Panthers pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute, when on a break, Meagan Radloff chipped a pass over a Valpo defender, setting up Hannah Miller for a one-on-one with Manski. Miller finished to bring EIU back to within 2-1, but over the last 18 minutes, the Crusaders surrendered just two shot attempts, neither of which were on frame.

"In the second half, it was unfortunate that we gave away a goal, but these are things we have to learn to deal with," said Marovich. "We haven't been up 2-0 much this year, and to play with the lead for 45 minutes, it takes a different mindset than playing up 1-0. We need to do a better job playing just to kill the game and not be too anxious to score. Our players felt good going forward and tried too hard to score that third goal, got caught in a counter and gave away a goal. We've got to be more thoughtful about picking and choosing when to push for another goal in those situations, but that's a gt lesson to learn prior to going into league play."

Eastern Illinois (0-9-0) closed out the game with a slight 12-11 advantage in the shots department, while the Crusaders put six attempts on goal to the Panthers' five. Both Manski and Hinton made four saves. The Crusaders also earned five of the day's seven corner kicks.

Valparaiso (6-3-1) kicks off Horizon League play on Saturday night at defending league champion Milwaukee. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m., and links for live stats and live video 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