Wednesday, December 16, 2009
11-9-1 Overall (5-3 Horizon League/3rd Place)
This Year in Crusader Soccer: Valparaiso posted its highest finish since joining the Horizon League with an 11-9-1 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference play to finish third during the regular season. The Crusaders advanced to their first Horizon League Tournament championship match before falling to Milwaukee 4-0.
Head Coach John Marovich: John Marovich is 21-15-4 through two seasons overall and at Valpo. Just the third coach in program history, he has moved into second place all-time in victories for the Crusaders and has the top winning percentage (.575) of any coach in school history.
Wrapping Up Tournament Action: Valparaiso advanced to the championship match for the first time since joining the Horizon League. The Crusaders, the tournament’s third seed, hosted Green Bay in the quarterfinals, posting a 2-0 shutout against the Phoenix. The victory was Valpo’s first in Horizon League Tournament action since joining the league prior to the 2007 season. The Crusaders topped second-seeded Wright State in the semifinals 2-1 to advance to play regular season champion Milwaukee in the title tilt. The Panthers, playing on their home field, downed the Brown and Gold 4-0 in the final.
All-Tournament Team: Jessie White and Brooke Henderson were both named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team. Henderson scored a goal and added an assist on the match-winning goal in the semifinal victory over Wright State. White tallied the match-winner against the Raiders to send the Crusaders to the championship match.
Freshmen Duo Earn All-League Honors: A pair of freshmen, Luisa Desario and Rachel Hoaglin, were each named to the Horizon League All-Conference teams as well as the All-Newcomer Team. Desario, a First Team All-League selection, scored six goals, including two match-winners, and had 15 points during her rookie season with four of the goals coming in conference play. She led the Crusaders with 61 shot attempts on the year. Hoaglin, a Second Team All-League pick, led Valpo with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. She also had a pair of match-winners and four tallies came in league action for the Crusaders.
Another 10-Win Season: Valparaiso posted its sixth straight season of finishing over .500 as well as the sixth straight year of recording 10 or more wins. The 11 wins this year marked the third most in program history, behind the 12 victories posted by both the 2005 and 2006 squads. Valpo has posted 65 victories since the 2004 season after winning just 42 matches during the program’s first 11 seasons.
Kondratko Earns Academic All-America Honors: Senior Jackie Kondratko was named a First Team Academic All-America selection by CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine, the first First Team selection in program history. The two-time First Team Academic District V pick is a mechanical engineering major, and also earned Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month honors in October.
Win Streak Was Second Longest Ever: Valpo won seven straight matches from October 11 through November 6, tied for the second longest streak in school history. The Crusaders posted eight consecutive triumphs from September 8 through October 1 of 2006.
Desario Valpo’s First Player of the Week: Luisa Desario became Valpo’s first Player of the Week selection since joining the Horizon League after earning the honor on September 7 following her first two collegiate goals at Ball State as part of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.
Cabral Shuts Them Out: Mele Cabral’s eight clean sheets this season rank second all-time on the single season list for the Crusaders behind her 10 shutouts last year. She also matched Erin Murray’s (2004-2007) all-time shutout record with 20 over her four-year career.
All-Time Scoring Leaders: Sarah Jewell, Jackie Kondratko, and Jessie White all finished their careers in the top-10 on Valpo’s career points list. Jewell and Kondratko moved into a seventh place tie with 33 points each while White ranks 10th with 26 points. Jewell is sixth all-time with 14 career goals while Kondratko is one spot back with 13 career tallies. White is tied for ninth on the all-time assist list with eight career helpers.
Cabral All-Time Goals Against Average Leader: Mele Cabral qualified for Valpo’s all-time goals against average record when she surpassed 2,500 career minutes in goal. The senior’s 0.96 career mark moved her in front of Erin Murray (2004-2007) for the top spot. Murray previously held the record with a 1.19 career goals against mark.
Lots of Appearances: Jessie White moved into fifth place all-time in matches played with 78 career appearances at Valpo. The senior started 73 matches during her career and moved into a tie for 10th on the all-time list.
Kondratko Ties Single Season Record: With her four match-winning goals this season, Jackie Kondratko tied the school’s single season record set by Lori Moore (twice), Lori Johnson, and Jackie Thomas.
Moving Up the Team Leaderboard: Valpo’s 28 goals and 80 points this season rank as the fifth best single season performances by a Crusader team in school history. The team’s 24 assists are fourth best as well. Defensively, 28 goals allowed and a 1.31 team goals against average rank fourth on the single season charts while the team’s eight shutouts are second most all-time.
Hoaglin and Kondratko on Scoring Charts: Rachel Hoaglin and Jackie Kondratko each led the Crusaders with seven goals this year, tied for seventh most on the Crusader single season list. The seven tallies were the most by a Crusader since Sarah Jewell scored 10 in 2006.
Hoaglin’s Assist Total Third Best: Rachel Hoaglin’s five assists this season tie her for third on the single season charts. Combined with her seven goals, her 19 points rank her sixth on the single season list in that category as well.
Team Captains: Valpo had tri-captains for the 2009 season. Seniors Mele Cabral and Jackie Kondratko joined sophomore Tracy Roos in assuming the role this year.