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Henderson's Goal Lifts Valpo Past Liberty
Brooke Henderson's header was the match-winner on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Brooke Henderson's header was the match-winner on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Rachel Hoaglin had the assist on Henderson's goal. (Ray Acevedo)
Rachel Hoaglin had the assist on Henderson's goal. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Brooke Henderson’s (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) first collegiate goal proved to be the difference in the match for Valparaiso on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders topped Liberty 1-0 at Eastgate Field.

With the Crusaders controlling play throughout most of the match, Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) found the sophomore’s head in the middle of the goal box off of a corner kick and Henderson beat Flames’ goalkeeper Karen Blocker 23:47 into the first half. For Hoaglin, a freshman, it was her first career point.

“Brooke scored just a tremendous goal,” head coach John Marovich said after the match.  “It helped us earn a good, solid win.”

Valpo controlled the play on the offensive end for a majority of the contest, outshooting Liberty 7-2 in the first 45 minutes of play.  Blocker made all four of her saves in the first half to keep the Flames in the match, as Valpo earned six corner kicks in the stanza as well.

Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) and Jessie White (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) each had solid opportunities early in the half for the Crusaders, only to be turned aside by Blocker.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, the Crusaders took care of the possession in the second half, outshooting Liberty (1-5) by a final margin of 12-6.  Valpo earned four more corner kicks, and Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) made three of her five stops in the second half to preserve her second shutout of the season.  Valpo finished with a 10-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities.

“I like the way we killed the game in the second half,” Marovich added.  “We played smart and intelligent, and while we tried to score a second goal, we didn’t allow ourselves to make a mistake.”

Valparaiso (3-5) will now enter Horizon League action on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Dayton, Ohio to battle Wright State in a 12 p.m. CDT contest.

Match Notes: This was the first meeting ever between Valpo and Liberty, and the Crusaders’ first contest ever against a Big South foe … Henderson’s goal also marked her first two career points for the Brown and Gold … Hoaglin now is tied for the team lead with five points this year … Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) had two shots in the match and is now tied with Sarah Jewell (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill H.S.) for eighth on the career list with 88 … Cabral’s shutout is the 14th of her career … Laura Romberg (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills H.S.) earned her first start of the season in the midfield.

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
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
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)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
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
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
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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