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Valpo Heads to Colorado for Two Matches This Weekend
Sarah Melhorn and the Crusaders head west in search of wins.
Sarah Melhorn and the Crusaders head west in search of wins.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Match #2: Friday, Aug. 29, 5 p.m. CDT
Valpo (1-0, 0-0 Horizon)
at Colorado College (1-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Match #3: Sunday Aug. 31, 1 p.m. CDT
Valpo (1-0, 0-0 Horizon)
at Air Force (0-1, 0-0 Mountain West)

This Week in Crusader Soccer: Valparaiso takes to the road for the first time during the 2008 season as the Crusaders head west to Colorado for a pair of matches.  On Friday, the Brown and Gold will face Colorado College before visiting the United States Air Force Academy on Sunday afternoon.

On the Air: Friday’s match will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.  Sunday’s contest can be heard online as well, at www.sportsjuice.com.  Valparaiso University students will be providing both the play-by-play and color commentary.

Head Coach John Marovich: John Marovich is 1-0 in his first season overall and with the Crusaders after serving as an assistant for six years.

Series Notes: Valparaiso has never met Colorado College or Air Force in women’s soccer action in the program’s history.

Scouting Colorado College: The Tigers are coming off of a season-opening victory against Oklahoma 3-1 last Friday afternoon and are in the midst of seven-match homestand to open the 2008 season.  Emily Beans and Sydney Fetter each scored once for Colorado College, and the Tigers were also aided by an own goal while outshooting the Sooners 16-3.  The Tigers return 17 letterwinners from last year’s squad which went 10-6-3 overall and tied for fourth in Conference USA.  This year, Colorado College has been picked to finish third in the league.

Scouting Air Force: The Falcons opened their season on Sunday dropping a 2-1 overtime match at Northern Colorado.  Meagan Eissele scored Air Force’s lone goal with under 15 minutes remaining in regulation to force the extra session.  The Falcons return 15 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 2-14-2 overall and finished eighth in the Mountain West Conference.  Air Force hosts Idaho State on Friday before entertaining Valpo.

Wrapping Up Ball State: Jackie Kondratko scored on a failed clearing attempt with just under 20 minutes to play in regulation on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated the Cardinals 1-0 at Eastgate Field in the season opener for both schools.  Valpo outshot Ball State 7-5 for the match and Mele Cabral made four saves to earn her third career shutout. 

Marovich Opens Career with a Victory: John Marovich became the first Crusader head coach in the history of the women’s soccer program to win in his debut with the 1-0 victory over Ball State.  Marovich is the third coach in Valpo history.

Recent Success in Openers: With the win over Ball State, Valpo has now won four straight season openers and improves to 4-12 all-time in openers over 16 seasons.

Cabral Moves Up Shutouts Chart: With the shutout in the season opener, Mele Cabral now has three career clean sheets, moving her into a tie for fourth place on Valpo’s career list. 

Cabral Shutout Streak Approaches 400 Minutes:
Mele Cabral has not given up a goal in her last 381:47 of action dating back to October 8, 2006 against Lewis.  The junior did not surrender a goal in 2007 and has recorded three straight shutouts in matches she has started and completed.

Trio Among Top Scorers All-Time: Kendall Brown ranks in a tie for third place all-time at Valpo with 18 career goals.  Her 44 career points also rank third on the Crusader career list.  Lori Johnson is sixth in school history with 12 goals and seventh with 31 points while Sarah Jewell is tied for seventh with 11 goals and eighth with 27 points.

Newcomers Make Valpo Debuts: Tracy Roos, Brooke Henderson, Laura Romberg, and Erin Suckling made their Crusader debuts in the opener against Ball State.  Roos drew a starting assignment on defense in her first match with the Brown and Gold.

Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Crusaders were selected to finish in a tie for fifth place in the Horizon League according to the preseason poll conducted of the league’s head coaches.

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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo