Goals by freshmen Luisa Desario (Bartlett,
Ill./Bartlett H.S.) and Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) just 32 seconds apart
proved to be the difference on Sunday as Valparaiso recorded its third straight
victory with a 2-0 shutout against Cleveland State at Krenzler Field in
With the win, the Crusaders
have assured themselves no worse than a fifth place finish in the Horizon
League, and have guaranteed themselves a spot in the Horizon League Tournament
which begins November 1.
The Crusaders controlled the
play throughout the match, outshooting the Vikings 18-3, and did not allow a shot
attempt against them in the second half on the way to a 10-0 advantage in the
final 45 minutes after the two schools battled through a scoreless first half.
“I thought we were solid and
focused for the full 90 minutes today,” head coach John Marovich said. “The first 20 we really moved the ball
and had great opportunities. We really imposed ourselves on the match
today and I was really proud of our performance.”
Valpo got on the scoreboard
just 5:36 after intermission as Desario scored her team-leading sixth goal of
the season, firing a shot from five yards out that beat goalkeeper Kelly
Zinkiewich up high. Janine Lytle (Wooster,
Ohio/Wooster H.S.) drew the
assist on the goal. With the goal,
Desario moved into a tie for ninth place on Valpo’s single season scoring list.
Hoaglin added the insurance
goal just 32 seconds later, firing a blast from 30 yards out that found the
back of the net for her fifth tally of the year.
“I thought in the second half
we came out and did what we needed to do, like get the ball out wide,” Marovich
added. “We had two really fine finishes. Hoaglin’s goal was phenomenal and Luisa’s was
as well from getting the ball out wide. We did a great job of finishing off the
game and did a great job of getting three points on the road.”
H.S.) made two saves for her fifth shutout of the season while Zinkiewich made
10 stops in goal for Cleveland
State (3-12-1, 2-4-1
Valparaiso (7-8-1, 4-3) will wrap up conference play on Friday
afternoon as the Crusaders begin their final homestand of the season looking
for its third straight victory. Valpo
will host Butler at 3 p.m. at Eastgate Field
with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).
Match Notes: Valpo
leads the all-time series 6-0, winning three times in Cleveland … the last
three meetings between the two schools have resulted in 2-0 shutout victories …
Cabral’s five shutouts on the season are tied for fourth on the single season
charts and her 17 for her career are second most in school history … Lytle’s
assist was her second of the season … Hoaglin has a team-leading 14 point, tied
for 10th on the single season list.