H.S.) scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season just 2:30 into overtime
on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated Detroit 3-2 at Eastgate
Field in a key Horizon League match for both teams.
Desario took a pass from Tracy Roos (Centennial, Colo./Cherry
Creek H.S.) and rifled a shot from 20
yards out past the Titans’ backup goalkeeper Madeline Franko for her first
collegiate match-winner as Valparaiso improved to 2-3 in conference play (six
points), moving into sixth place in the league standings. The top six teams qualify for the Horizon
League Tournament beginning November 1.
“To get a win like this after
playing overtime on Friday shows the fitness of our kids,” head coach John Marovich said after the
“Our attack has been flying
around recently and the six goals this weekend are a product of that.”
Valpo jumped on top just
under 13 minutes into the match as Sarah
Melhorn (White Bear Lake,
Minn./White Bear Lake H.S.) sent
a feed ahead to Jackie Kondratko
(Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.), who scored from 15 yards out on the right side,
making it 1-0 Brown and Gold. For
Kondratko, it was her third goal of the season and she is tied with Desario
with a team-leading 10 points overall.
Detroit (3-10-1, 1-3 Horizon)
answered just over 10 minutes later as Trina Kochnaski scored on a rebound off
of a Alyssa Korson shot that was set up by a corner kick and the two teams went
into intermission deadlocked at one.
Ten minutes into the second
stanza Jessie White (Buffalo Grove,
Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) made it 2-1 Crusaders
with her first goal of the season, following her own shot, which was blocked
initially, and putting the rebound past starting goalkeeper Joanna Hinde.
The Titans tied the match
with 8:12 to play though, playing a player down following a red card to Hindein
the 77th Trina
Kochanski settled the ball in the top of the box and scored just over the
outreached arms of Valpo goalkeeper Mele
Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.), setting the stage for
Valparaiso outshot Detroit
24-10 in the match, including 15-2 after halftime, and held a 5-1 advantage on
corner kick opportunities. Hinde made
six stops in goal for the Titans while Franko made another. Cabral had two saves for the Crusaders.
“Brooke Henderson (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake H.S.) and Laura Romberg (Vernon
Hills H.S.) did a great job shoring up our midfield today,” Marovich added.
Valparaiso (5-8-1, 2-3) will take to the road for a pair of
matches next weekend, beginning with a 3 p.m. CDT contest against Youngstown
State on Friday in Youngstown, Ohio.
Match Notes: Detroit
leads the all-time series 4-2 but Valpo has won two of the three meetings since
joining the Horizon League … Roos and Melhorn, both defenders, each had their
first collegiate assists … Kondratko now has 25 career points, ninth most
all-time at Valpo … White has 23 career points, moving into a tie with Beth
Muskovich (1996-1999), Allison Swanson (2002-2005), and Jackie Thomas
(2005-200) for 10th on the career points list … Swanson and Thomas
were both present for the match on Homecoming weekend … Valpo is now 5-2 when
scoring first … the Crusaders scored six goals in two matches this weekend
after tallying 10 total the first 12 contests.