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Valpo Women Host Eastern Illinois in Home Opener Friday
Luisa Desario had a goal and an assist in the season opener last Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Luisa Desario had a goal and an assist in the season opener last Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Valparaiso (1-0, 0-0 Horizon)
Match #2: Friday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. CDT
vs. Eastern Illinois (2-0, 0-0 OVC)
Brown Field - Valparaiso, Ind.
Match #3: Sunday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m. CDT
at Evansville (0-2, 0-0 MVC)
Arad McCutchan Stadium - Evansville, Ind.

This Week in Crusader Soccer: Valparaiso plays under the lights on campus for the first time in program history on Friday evening as the Crusaders host Eastern Illinois at Brown Field.  The Brown and Gold then remains instate on Sunday when Valpo heads to Evansville.

On the Air: Both matches this weekend can be heard live online with Sunday’s contest also available on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso).  Friday’s match against Eastern Illinois will be carried through sportsjuice.com.  Access to the audio of both matches is available through www.valpoathletics.com.  Live stats will also be available through www.valpoathletics.com for both matches.

Head Coach John Marovich: John Marovich holds a 22-15-4 record both overall and with Valpo in his third season at the helm of the Brown and Gold.  Just the third head coach in program history, Marovich has the best winning percentage (.585) ever at Valpo, and ranks second in total victories.

Series Notes: Valparaiso and Eastern Illinois are meeting for the first time since 2003, with the Panthers holding a 7-1-1 all-time advantage.  Valpo won the last contest between the two schools 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 28, 2003.  Evansville holds a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Crusaders, but Valpo has won the last two meetings between the two schools.  The last time the two met the Crusaders posted a 3-0 victory at home on Sept. 24, 2006.

Wrapping Up Last Week’s Action: Valpo won its season opener for the fifth time in the last six years on Saturday evening, coming from behind to down UMKC 3-2 in Kansas City, Mo.  Trisha Wladecki and Luisa Desario each had a goal and an assist while Catherine Terrell added a goal as the Crusaders scored three times in the second half for the victory.

Scouting Eastern Illinois: The Panthers opened the season with victories over IUPUI (2-0) and Evansville (1-0, ot), both at home in Charleston, Ill.  Ashley Streid, the team’s leading scorer with four goals a year ago, had one of the match-winners this year with Kristin Germann providing the other.  Kaylin Lorbert has made six saves in goal, playing a majority of the minutes.  Eastern Illinois is picked sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season.

Scouting Evansville: The Purple Aces are still looking for their first victory of the season after falling to Indiana (3-0) and Eastern Illinois (1-0, ot) during the opening weekend.  Chaviel Harrison has played every minute in goal this year for Evansville thus far, and has recorded eight saves.  Evansville is tabbed fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.

Looking for More Opening Success: After defeating UMKC 3-2 last Friday for the fifth season-opening victory in the last six years, the Crusaders will open the home portion of the schedule on Friday with Eastern Illinois.  Valpo is 4-13 all-time in home openers after falling 2-1 to Michigan in the 2009 debut at home.

Three Freshmen Start Collegiate Debuts: Valpo had three freshmen in the starting lineup on Saturday against UMKC, including Kristen Manski in goal.  The rookie made two saves for her first collegiate win.  In addition, Amanda Ulin and Lauren Gagnon both started their first college matches against the Kangaroos.

Other First Time Valpo Appearances: Redshirt-junior Casey Pedersen came off of the bench to make her first appearance in a Brown and Gold uniform after sitting out last season with an injury.  Pedersen transferred to Valpo before the 2009 season from Binghamton.  Freshmen Marta Luna and Hailey Chmela both made their collegiate debuts for the Crusaders as well on Saturday.

Looking to Continue the Winning Tradition: Valparaiso enters the 2010 season having posted six consecutive winning seasons following last year’s 11-9-1 record overall.  Last year also marked the sixth 10-win season in program laurels, all of which have come during the last six years.

Pencil Them in the Lineup: Junior Tracy Roos has started all 41 matches during her career at Valpo.  Sarah Melhorn also has an impressive streak of her own, having started the last 39 straight matches dating back to the 2008 campaign.

Rallying after Surrendering the First Goal: Valpo posted a victory after giving up the first goal of the match in the season opener against UMKC, something the Crusaders were unable to do in 2009.  Valpo was 0-7-1 when the opposition scored first a year ago and was just 1-5 in 2008 in the same situation.

A Second Half Rally: Valpo’s win after trailing at halftime against UMKC was also something the Crusaders had not done in awhile.  The last time the Crusaders trailed at the break before coming back to win was the 2006 season opener on August 25, a 2-1 overtime win at Indiana State.

Team Captains: Valpo will have co-captains for the 2010 season.  Junior Tracy Roos has been named a team captain for the second straight season and will be joined in that role by senior Sarah Melhorn.

Crusaders Picked Third in Preseason Poll: The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish third in the Horizon League this season according to the preseason poll.  The Crusaders finished third in the regular season a year ago before advancing to the tournament championship match.

This and That: Valpo’s next six matches will be played in the Hoosier State, with four coming at home along with road matches at Evansville and IPFW.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana