Match #5: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m. CDT
Valpo (3-1, 0-0 Horizon)
at Purdue (3-1-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Match #6: Friday Sept. 14, 4 p.m. CDT
Belmont (4-0, 0-0 A-Sun)
at Valpo (3-1, 0-0 Horizon)
Match #7: Sunday Sept. 16, 1 p.m. CDT
Northern Iowa (1-2, 0-0 MVC)
at Valpo (3-1, 0-0 Horizon)
This Week in Crusader Soccer: Having won two straight matches, Valparaiso is set for a busy week as the Crusaders play three contests over a five-day span. The Brown and Gold opens the week at Purdue on Wednesday afternoon before hosting Belmont and Northern Iowa over the weekend.
On the Air: Sunday’s match against Northern Iowa will be carried live by WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Students will be providing both the play-by-play and color commentary. Wednesday’s match at Purdue and Friday’s match against Belmont will not be aired.
Series Notes: Purdue has won both previous meetings with Valpo but the two schools have not faced each other since a 7-1 Boilermaker victory on September 7, 2000. The Crusaders are 1-0 against Belmont, having posted a 3-2 overtime victory over the Bruins last year in Nashville, Tenn. Valpo holds a 2-1 series edge against Northern Iowa, including a 4-0 triumph in Cedar Falls, Iowa last year.
Scouting Purdue: The Boilermakers enter the contest on a three-match winning streak following a 1-0 victory over #1-ranked Portland on Sunday afternoon. Shauna Stapleton leads Purdue in scoring with three goals on the season. In goal, Jenny Bradfisch has posted a 0.57 goals against average and a .700 save percentage over 470 minutes of action this year.
Scouting Belmont: The Bruins enter the weekend a perfect 4-0 and have yet to allow a goal on the season, outscoring opponents 5-0. Belmont has yet to play a road match this year. Five different Bruins have scored the goals, while Zirka Thompson and Micaela Crowley have split time in goal during the first four matches of the season.
Scouting Northern Iowa: The Panthers enter this weekend coming off of a 1-0 victory over Green Bay last Sunday afternoon. Northern Iowa plays at IUPUI on Friday before the Panthers visit Valpo on Sunday. Chelsie Hochstedler leads UNI in scoring with three goals on the season. Heidi O’Mara has played every minute in goal thus far, posting a 1.66 goals against average and a .759 save percentage through four matches.
Wrapping Up Last Week’s Action: Valpo posted a pair of shutouts last weekend, defeating IPFW 4-0 and IUPUI 2-0. Against the Mastodons, the Crusaders held IPFW without a shot in the first half and got a goal and an assist from Lynnea Pappas in the victory. At IUPUI, Valpo used unassisted goals by Brittany Derksen and Jessie White in the final 20 minutes of the match on the way to victory.
Succeeding in Overtime: The Crusaders are unbeaten in overtime over their last 15 contests (6-0-9) dating back to 2003.
Murray Keeps Adding to Shutout Record: Erin Murray recorded her second shutout of the season against IUPUI, giving her 16 for her career. Her school record is the most clean sheets for any Crusader, male or female, in school history. The two shutouts this year already tie for sixth on the school’s single season scoring charts.
Trio Among Scoring Elite: Valparaiso currently has three players among the top-eight in school history on the all-time goal scoring list. Junior Kendall Brown is tied for fourth all-time with 15 goals while classmate Lori Johnson is alone in sixth place after scoring a goal this year to give her 12 for her career. Sophomore Sarah Jewell has moved into a tie for seventh on the scoring charts after posting goal number 11 last week against IPFW.
McGlone and Murphy Tied for Seventh on All-Time Assist Charts: Dana McGlone and Laura Murphy each are in a tie for seventh place on Valpo’s career assist list. The pair each have seven helpers during their career wearing the Brown and Gold.
Brown, Johnson, and Jewell Among Points Leaders: Kendall Brown is tied for fourth in school history with 36 career points. Lori Johnson ranks seventh on the same list with her 29 points while Sarah Jewell has moved into eighth place with 24 points over her career.
Thomas Joins Johnson and Brown in Winners: Lori Johnson is third in school history with six match-winning goals over the course of her career. Kendall Brown is just one match-winner behind, as her five markers are tied for fourth on the all-time list. Jackie Thomas has joined the duo after netting a pair of match-winners already this season. Thomas now has three for her career, moving her into a tie for seventh on the all-time list.
Pappas Has Three-Point Match: Freshman Lynnea Pappas recorded the first three points of her career on Friday afternoon against IPFW. The rookie scored the Crusaders’ third goal, bending home a corner kick, while assisting on the match-winner with another feed from the corner.
Cabral Earns First Career Shutout: Sophomore netminder Mele Cabral earned her first collegiate shutout against IPFW, registering two saves in the win. For her career, she now has now allowed just two goals in more than 330 minutes of action throughout the course of two years. She also has posted a 3-0 career record.
Valpo Has Three Shutouts in Four Matches: The Crusader defense has been stingy throughout the first four matches of the year, allowing just two goals total. Valpo has shutout three opponents, half of the current school record (six) for single season shutouts as a team. Valpo’s 0.75 shutout percentage ranks ninth in all of NCAA Division I.
Sharing the Wealth: The Crusaders have had seven different goal scorers on the nine tallies thus far this season. In addition, 10 different players have registered at least one point on the year.
Valpo Racks Up Corners: The Crusaders have already won 25 corner kick opportunities this season while surrendering just four chances to their opponents. Valpo had similar numbers in 2006, racking up 119 chances to just 30 for the opposition.
Valpo Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll: The Crusaders were selected to finish in sixth place in their inaugural season as members of the Horizon League according to the preseason poll conducted of the league’s head coaches.