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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.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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