110 minutes was not enough time for Valparaiso or IUPUI to find a goal on a warm and humid Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, as the two squads ended their non-league match in a 0-0 draw.
The first half saw very few opportunities either way, as Valpo out-shot the Jaguars by just a 4-2 margin, with both sides getting just one shot on target. The second half was a different story, as the Crusaders controlled play early on, registering six shot attempts in the first 15 minutes.
Included among those efforts was the best scoring chance of the day for Valpo, as junior Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) controlled the ball for a good stretch by herself at the top-right corner of the box, and moving past a couple defenders, sent a cross in towards the far post. Sophomore April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) ran onto the cross a few yards wide of the post at the end line, but her shot from point-blank range was corralled right on the goal line by IUPUI goalkeeper Nicole Kulovitz to keep it a scoreless game.
Both sides would end up with two saves in the second half to send the game to extra time. IUPUI had the best shot at netting a golden goal, as a strike from 15 yards out hit the outside of the left-hand post less than 90 seconds into the first extra period.
Valparaiso out-shot IUPUI (0-1-1) on the day by a 15-8 count, but the Jaguars put four shots on goal to the Crusaders’ three. Sydney Galvez-Daley (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick [Creighton]) earned her first career shutout by making four stops, while Catherine Schmidt played the first half and both overtime periods in goal for the Jaguars, making one save to earn the draw.
Valparaiso (0-1-1) heads to the state of Arizona next weekend for a pair of games, beginning with a Friday night affair at Grand Canyon. Kickoff is slated for 9 p.m. CT.