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Desario Scores Twice in Valpo's Win over Ball State
Luisa Desario had two goals in the win. (Ray Acevedo)
Luisa Desario had two goals in the win. (Ray Acevedo)
Rachel Hoaglin tallied the match-winner. (Casey Pedersen)
Rachel Hoaglin tallied the match-winner. (Casey Pedersen)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Freshman Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) scored her first two collegiate goals and Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) added the match-winner in the final with less than 14 minutes remaining in regulation as Valparaiso defeated Ball State 3-2 on Thursday evening at the Varsity Soccer Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. in the opening round of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup hosted by Purdue.

“I’m proud of our team because we executed what we wanted to do against a very high line from BallState,” said head coach John Marovich.

Valpo struck first just under 20 minutes into the contest.  Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) sent a long lead pass ahead to Trisha Wladecki (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake H.S.).  Wladecki sent a cross to Desario who found the back of the net from 15 yards out to put the Crusaders on top 1-0.

Both teams had seven shots in the opening half, but it was Valpo that had the better chances, forcing Cardinals’ goalkeeper Nicole Wood to make four saves in the opening 45 minutes to keep the Brown and Gold’s lead at just one heading into intermission.

Ball State (0-3) came out quickly after the break, scoring twice in the first eight minutes to take the lead.  Christine Concannon took a feed from Jackie Eft at the top of the penalty area and just scored over the outstretched  arms of Crusader netminder Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) just 3:45 into the half.

Three-and-a-half minutes later, the Cardinals took the lead.  Megan Ridley took a pass from Eft in the middle of the penalty area to tally her first goal of the season and put Ball State up 2-1.

Desario’s second tally of the match tied the contest at two with just over 20 minutes remaining.  Kondratko sent a long ball from midfield to Desario, who outran the defender and beat Wood one-on-one.

“I thought we had outstanding performances from Desario and (Laura) Romberg (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills H.S.),” Marovich said.  “Their efforts really hurt Ball State – Luisa with her pace and Romberg with her distribution.”

Hoaglin added her second goal of the year with 13:14 to play to give Valpo the victory.  After Kondratko had won the end line, the ball bounced around in the box, deflecting off of several players before Hoaglin finished it off for her first career match-winner.

“I think our persistence throughout the match is what allowed us to score three goals today and win the match,” added Marovich.  “I think it shows the character of this group to not panic once we gave up the two goals. We had the confidence to continue to do what we asked them to do and it paid off in the end. The best part of today’s match is we found our character and that character is something I'm extremely impressed with.”

Valpo outshot Ball State 12-4 in the second half to finish with a 19-11 advantage in the match, and forced Wood to make seven total saves.  Cabral finished the night with two stops to earn the victory for the Crusaders.

Valparaiso (2-3) will look for its third straight victory on Saturday evening when the Crusaders face the host Boilermakers.  Kickoff against #14 Purdue is set for 4:30 p.m. CDT with all the action carried live online through www.valpoathletics.com.

Match Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series with Ball State 4-1 and has won two straight meetings … this was Valpo’s first neutral site match since November 2, 2006 when the Crusaders played Western Illinois in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament semifinals in Rochester, Mich. … five of Valpo’s six goals this season have been scored by freshmen … Cabral earned an assist on Desario’s second goal, her first collegiate assist … Kondratko now has three assists on the season and 20 career points.

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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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
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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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
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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
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Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
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Apr 19
W 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
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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
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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
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Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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Apr 25
W 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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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