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Crusaders Win at Green Bay, Secure Third Place
Katie Gratzianna scored the game's lone goal Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Gratzianna scored the game's lone goal Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (10-5-3, 3-2-2 HL)
at
Green Bay (5-11-1, 2-4-1 HL)
10/27/2012 | Green Bay, Wis. | Attendance: 113
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso011
Green Bay000
Scoring
VALPO67:51GRATZIANNA, Katie (ELLIS, Tara )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0003
GBBEHLE, Nastacia90:0015
Stats at a GlanceVALPOGB
Shots (on Goal)11 (6)8 (3)
Saves35
Offsides10
Corner Kicks83
Fouls1110
Yellow Cards11

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A goal off a corner kick by junior Katie Gratzianna (Elmhurst, Ill./York) in the 68th minute gave the Valparaiso women's soccer the lead on Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, Wis., and the Crusaders would not relinquish it, downing Green Bay by a 1-0 final.  The win ends the regular season with the Crusaders on 11 points in the Horizon League table, good for the third seed in the Horizon League Championship.

"We're definitely pleased with the result today," said Crusader head coach John Marovich.  "It's exciting to see our players finish in third place, with how tight the league race has been.  It was definitely a crazy day today - waiting on the Youngstown State-Wright State result, knowing what we had to do to host and knowing Green Bay had to push hard to get a win or tie to get in."

An even first half saw the Phoenix out-shoot the Crusaders 6-4, with both sides putting multiple attempts on goal.  Junior goalkeeper Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North) stopped three shots in the opening 45 minutes to keep the Phoenix off the scoreboard, while Green Bay goalkeeper Nastacia Behle made two first-half saves.

Early in the second half, the teams learned that Youngstown State had defeated Wright State in overtime, meaning that the Crusaders knew they would have to win to earn a home game in the league tournament, while the Phoenix would have to win or tie to make the tournament.  Valpo kept Green Bay from getting any opportunities in the opening 20-plus minutes of the second half, while offensively, the Crusaders picked up three early shot attempts and earned four corner kicks.

It was the fourth corner kick of the second half that would lead to the game's lone goal, as junior Tara Ellis (Portage, Ind./Portage) sent the kick into the box and Gratzianna was there to head it home in the 68th minute.  It was the second goal of the season for the Crusader junior back and the team-best third assist of the year for Ellis.

"I thought in the second half we played well," said Marovich.  "It was nice to see us score on the corner - it's something we've been working on the last few days in training, and it's always nice to see those things translate to the match.  Then we did a really good job in the last seven minutes killing the game off."

With Green Bay (5-11-1, 2-4-1 Horizon) now knowing it would have to score to make the tournament, Valpo did a stellar job keeping the Phoenix at bay, surrendering just two second-half shots, neither of which were on frame.  The Crusaders were able to maintain possession, earning three late corners as the clock wound down and Valpo clinched the third seed and a home game in the tournament.

Valpo ended the game with an 11-8 edge in shots, and put six on goal to Green Bay's three.  Manski tied the Crusader single-season shutout record with her tenth clean sheet of the campaign.

Valparaiso (10-5-3, 3-2-2 Horizon) reached double figures in wins for the eighth time in the last 12 years with Saturday's win.  As the third seed in the Horizon League Championship, Valpo will host sixth-seeded Loyola on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Eastgate Field.  Live stats for the game will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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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
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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)
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
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May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo