Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Another One-Goal Win For Crusader Women
Hailey Chmela runs with the ball on Sunday.
Hailey Chmela runs with the ball on Sunday.
IPFW (2-4-0)
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Valparaiso (4-2-0)
9/8/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 318
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IPFW000
Valparaiso101
Scoring
VALPO19:39CHMELA, Hailey (ELLIS, Tara )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
IPFWSam Pavlika90:0011
VALPOMANSKI, Kristen90:0004
Stats at a GlanceIPFWVALPO
Shots (on Goal)10 (4)10 (2)
Saves14
Offsides02
Corner Kicks26
Fouls128
Yellow Cards10

Sunday, September 08, 2013

If it feels like the movie Groundhog Day when the Valparaiso women's soccer team takes the field in 2013, there's a good reason why - for the sixth time in as many games this season on Sunday, the Crusaders battled their opponents to a 1-0 decision, and for the fourth time, it was Valpo which came out victorious, finding the back of the net on a header in the 20th minute from senior Hailey Chmela (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich).

While the game featured just one goal, both sides had solid opportunities to crack the scoreboard throughout the match. The Crusaders pushed early in the first half, earning a pair of corners in the first four minutes, but nothing came about of them.

IPFW then had perhaps its best scoring chance of the contest in the 18th minute, as when Valpo goalkeeper Kristen Manski (St. Charles, Ill./North) picked up a ball in the box that had been played back with the feet by a Crusader defender, the referee whistled the offence, which resulted in an indirect free kick just eight yards from the goal. Manski stood her ground and came up big, positioning herself perfectly to knock away the ensuing strike at goal and then easily corraling a follow-up attempt from the Mastodons to keep IPFW off the scoreboard.

With some energy following the successful stop, the Crusaders immediately went on the attack and capitalized less than two minutes later. A foul deep in its offensive end near the sideline gave Valpo what amounted to practically a corner kick. Senior Tara Ellis (Portage, Ind./Portage) took the free kick and sent it into the box, where it bounced once before Chmela got her head on it and sent it inside the far post to give the Crusaders the 1-0 advantage.

Valpo looked destined to put a second tally on the scoreboard for the first time this season in the 28th minute, but the woodwork denied the Crusaders, as Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way South) had her shot ricochet off the crossbar. Jordyn Ryfiak (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) was there for an attempt at the rebound, but her header was knocked behind for a corner kick, as the game eventually went to the break 1-nil to the Crusaders.

"I thought the first half, we weren't as sharp with our possession as we have been - we weren't connecting and we just off a little," said Crusader head coach John Marovich. "But our shape was good, and we were able to earn set pieces, one of which we scored on. Hailey did a fantastic job finishing her goal, and it was a well-deserved goal for her for the work she's put in over our last three games."

The first part of the second half saw the Crusaders keep pushing, looking for the insurance tally. Katriona Anesini (Seattle, Wash./Ballard) had an effort in the 48th minute slide left of goal, while Shelby Oelschlager (Glendale, Ariz./Mountain Ridge) saw a solid scoring chance denied by IPFW goalie Sam Pavlika in the 56th minute.

Then, in the 64th minute, freshman Morgan Manzke (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) had space to take a shot from the left-hand edge of the box and beat Pavlika with the strike, but it would sail just right of frame as it remained a 1-0 contest. IPFW had a pair of solid chances in the last 20 minutes, but couldn't make anything of either of them, as Mayson Whitman sent a shot high and Sydney Hoareau couldn't find the net from the right-hand side of the area, sending her effort left as the Crusaders completed the clean sheet.

"We put some fresher players, players who hadn't seen as much action out for the second half, and they did a tremendous job doing what we asked them to do," said Marovich. "We had some good looks at goal with that group, including a great shot at the back post by Morgan, who had a great performance today. We had some other solid chances too - from an attacking standpoint, we're starting to put things together, but it's a process, and going forward, we need to do a better job of finishing those chances, because I think we left some goals on the park tonight."

Both sides attempted 10 shots on Sunday, with IPFW (2-4-0) placing four on goal and the Crusaders ending with just two on goal despite their number of stellar chances. Pavlika stopped one shot for the Mastodons, while Manski made four saves to earn her fourth shutout of the year and the 26th of her career. It also marks the 19th straight match that Manski has not surrendered more than one goal. Valpo earned six corner kicks over the course of the match to just two for IPFW.

"At the end of the day, it's about winning, and our team won a great game today," said Marovich. "So many people stepped up for us - players who didn't have heavy minutes on Thursday were able to come in and help us keep a high intensity and high performance level. I'm really proud of our group right now."

Valparaiso (4-2-0) will spend a full weekend on the road for the first time this season next weekend, starting off with a Friday night contest at IUPUI. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, and live stats will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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
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
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay