H.S.) notched her third shutout of the season on Friday afternoon and Valparaiso’s offense
tallied two second half goals as the Crusaders earned their first Horizon
League victory of the season, 2-0, at Eastgate Field.
Cabral needed to make just
two stops on the afternoon on her way to her 15th clean sheet of her
“I thought we played a full 90
minutes tonight and kept consistent with our pressure,” head coach John
Marovich said after the match. “It was a
solid attacking performance.”
After both teams played a
scoreless first half, Valpo found the scoreboard with 23:35 remaining in the
contest. Janine Lytle (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster H.S.) took the ball deep in the right corner
and sent a cross into the box that Rachel
Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy
of Holy Angels H.S.) collected and beat goalkeeper Maddie Drusch on a shot from
five yards out to make it 1-0 Crusaders.
Twenty minutes later the
Crusaders added an insurance goal when Drusch was trying to clear a ball at the
top of the box, but Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett
H.S.) stepped in front, and had the ball deflect off of her and past Drusch
into the back of the net.
Valpo controlled the pressure
throughout the second half, outshooting the Phoenix 9-4 in the stanza, with six of the
shot being on net. The Brown and Gold
also earned all nine of their corner kick opportunities during the final 45
For the match Valpo held a
14-6 shot advantage, and forced Drusch to make six saves for Green Bay (2-6-2, 0-1-1 Horizon).
“This was a big three points
for us,” Marovich added. “Now we have to
put it behind us and hit the road for another one on Sunday.”
Valparaiso (4-6, 1-1) will head to Chicago on Sunday evening for a match with
Loyola. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Match Notes: Green
Bay leads the all-time series 8-2-1, but Valpo is 2-0-1 in the last three
meetings against the Phoenix … Lytle’s assist was the first point of her career
… freshman Hoaglin and Desario are tied for the team lead with three goals each
… rookies have accounted for seven of Valpo’s nine goals this year.