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Freshmen Key Crusader Victory over Central Michigan
Becky Clever's first collegiate goal was the match-winner.
Becky Clever's first collegiate goal was the match-winner.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Box Score

                A pair of freshmen teamed for the lone goal of the match with just over 15 minutes remaining in regulation as Valparaiso continued the best start in program history with a 1-0 victory over Central Michigan on Friday afternoon at Eastgate Field.

                In Valpo’s sixth 1-0 match of the season, including five victories, a pair of rookies came off of the bench mid-second half to provide the deciding tally.  Mikki Nuccio (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon H.S.) sent a feed to Becky Clever (Cincinnati, Ohio/Madeira H.S.) on the right side from the middle of the penalty area and Clever went one-on-one with Chippewa goalkeeper Shay Mannino before beating her and finding the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.

                The Crusader defense remained strong the rest of the way to hold on for the shutout, despite Central Michigan (5-2) outshooting the Brown and Gold 8-3 in the second half.  The Chippewas held a slim 11-10 shot advantage for the match as Valpo had a 7-3 edge in the first 45 minutes.

                “I am really proud of the way the match went and the way we battled today.  We kept our shape well,” head coach John Marovich said.  “We kept plucking away offensively and Becky was able to stick one in the back of the net.”

                Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) made five saves, including three in the second half, to record her sixth shutout of the season, and third straight.  The six shutouts tie Erin Murray’s 2004 and 2007 school marks for clean sheets in a season, and Cabral moves into second place alone on the all-time list with eight for her career.

                “I am really happy for Mele,” Marovich added. “It couldn’t have happened to a better kid.  She played behind Murray for two years watching and now is performing.  She has been very calm all year and dealt with the pressure she has faced on the field.  Her restarts have helped us immensely.”

                Mannino made three saves for the Chippewas as Central Michigan surrendered just its fourth goal of the season.

                Valparaiso (6-1-1) will return to Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon for the final match prior to Horizon League play when the Coyotes of South Dakota visit.  The match can be heard live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

 

Match Notes: Valpo’s 6-1-1 mark through eight matches betters the start of the 2006 team which went 6-2 … Clever’s goal was her first collegiate match-winner as well as first goal … Nuccio recorded her first collegiate point with the assist … Central Michigan was receiving votes in the latest SoccerBuzz Great Lakes Region poll … Valpo is now 2-3 all-time against Central Michigan with both wins coming at Eastgate Field … Cabral has now gone 308:00 without allowing a goal and has lowered her season’s goals against average to 0.24 … the six shutouts as a team is second most in school history for a single season, with the school record being eight set in 2007 … Valpo is unbeaten in its last six matches (5-0-1).

 
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Apr 5 9th/11 (28.33)
W Track DePauw Invitational Greencastle, Ind.
Apr 5 8th/10 (29)
W Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
M Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
Baseball Wright State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 3
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 6
Baseball Wright State 0 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 2
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 9
W Tennis Valpo 5 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
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.
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M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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Apr 15 Toledo
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Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 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
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
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo