Valparaiso earned a home match for the Horizon League Tournament
on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated instate rival Butler for the first time in school history
with a 2-0 shutout against the Bulldogs at Eastgate Field.
Jackie Kondratko (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) and Rachel Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy
of Holy Angels H.S.) provided the offense and Mele Cabral (Boulder, Colo./Fairview H.S.) registered her third
straight shutout as the Crusaders assured themselves of a third place finish in
the Horizon League, their highest finish since joining the conference.
Playing on a wet field with
winds over 20 miles per hour, the two schools battled to a scoreless draw over
the first 45 minutes of play. Butler had a 6-4 shot
advantage, utilizing the win at its back, but Cabral made three saves to keep
the Bulldogs off of the scoreboard.
“I thought we managed the
game well in the first half with the conditions what they were and the wind in
our face,” head coach John Marovich
said. “We did a good job in the air.”
Kondratko put the Crusaders
on the scoreboard 9:17 out of the locker room.
Cabral started the play with clearing the ball with a throw-out and
Kondratko ended up finishing with a header in the box off of a cross from the
left side by Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett
“In the second half we were
able to press the game with the wind and Jackie’s goal was just world class,” Marovich
Hoaglin then added an
insurance goal with 17:09 remaining, poking the ball away from Butler goalkeeper Jessica Schein and pushing
it just past the goal line.
Butler (7-10-1, 3-3-1 Horizon) finished the match
outshooting Valpo 9-6, but the Crusaders’ midfield play helped control the
“Jessie White (Buffalo
Grove H.S.) did an outstanding job of putting pressure on in the second half,”
Marovich concluded. “It helped set the
tone and led to that second goal.”
Cabral finished the match
with four saves for her sixth shutout of the year, ranking her in a tie for
second on the single season charts at Valpo.
Valparaiso (8-8-1, 5-3),
which has reached .500 for the first time this season, will close out the
regular season at Eastgate Field on Sunday afternoon hosting IPFW on Senior
Day. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. with all
the action heard live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso)
and online at www.valpoathletics.com.
Match Notes: Butler
had won the first six matches all-time in the series prior to Friday …
Kondratko’s match-winning goal was the fifth of her career, ranking her in a
tie for seventh all-time … the goal was the 11th of her career,
moving her into a tie for eighth with Lindsay Holley (2001-2004) and Jackie
Thomas (2004-2007) on the all-time list … Hoaglin’s goal gives her six on the
year, tied for ninth on the single season list … her 16 points rank her eighth
for a single season … Valpo has scored 22 goals this season, tied for fifth
most in school history for a single season.