The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team dominated the stat sheet Saturday afternoon in a Horizon League match at Detroit, but in the end, it was the Titans who came away with the match-winner in the second overtime period to send the Crusaders to a 1-0 defeat.
Valpo out-shot Detroit on the match in the key league battle by a 15-5 margin and put eight shots on goal to the Titans’ four. But the two sides played through 90 minutes scoreless and then the first period of extra time to hit the 100-minute mark. Then, less than two minutes into the second overtime period, Detroit’s Anna Mindling fed a long ball to Jennifer Borawski, who knocked it home from the top-left corner of the box for the match-winner.
Crusader goalkeeper Sydney Galvez-Daley (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick [Creighton]) made three saves in goal for Valpo, while her counterpart on the Titans, Claudia Eustaquio, made seven saves and the Detroit (7-8-2, 3-4-1 Horizon) defense was also credited with one stop. The two sides both attempted four corners on the afternoon as well.
“We are disappointed in not coming away with points after working so hard during this road conference match,” said Crusader head coach John Marovich. “We put ourselves in good situations early, but didn't find the final pass into the net. We had very good pressure during the second half and the first overtime, but their goalkeeper had an outstanding performance to keep the game scoreless. Detroit is a group that competes every second and this match epitomizes the level of the Horizon League, which mean any small moment can change a game.”
Valparaiso (6-7-3, 3-4-1 Horizon) closes out the regular season at home at Brown Field against Cleveland State next Friday evening, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. With a win, the Crusaders would be in the Horizon League Championship for sure, while a draw combined with a Wright State win over Detroit would also put Valpo in the field. Friday night’s fixture can be seen live on ESPN3.com, with live stats also available via ValpoAthletics.com.