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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 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
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 Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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