October 22, 20161st2ndFinal
OAKAlison Holland90:0001
VALPOTess Barrett90:0014
Stats at a GlanceOAKVALPO
Shots (on Goal)5 (5) 3 (1)
Corner Kicks24
Yellow Cards13
Crusader Women Fall in Home Regular Season Finale
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Crusader Women Fall in Home Regular Season Finale
Tess Barrett punches out a ball into the box Saturday.

The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team finished out the 2016 regular season home schedule at Brown Field on Saturday night, but it would be an unhappy finale, as an own goal late in the first half was the game’s lone tally in a 1-0 Oakland win over the Crusaders.

How It Happened

  • The Crusaders controlled a good bit of play in the first half, but could not connect in the attacking third, as both sides struggled for shot opportunities.
  • The game’s lone goal came in the 36th minute, as a failed clearance by a Valpo defender resulted in an own goal for a 1-0 Oakland lead.
  • Valpo goalkeeper Tess Barrett (Tinley Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) made a pair of nice saves on Emma Voelker among her three stops, including a leap in the 43rd minute to knock a shot over the crossbar.
  • The Crusaders had a number of set pieces in the attacking half following fouls in the second half and also earned three corner kicks, but were unable to find the equalizer.

Inside the Match

  • The two sides combined for just eight shot attempts on Saturday, as the Golden Grizzlies owned a narrow 5-3 advantage in the category.
  • Barrett has now surrendered one goal or fewer in six of her seven starts in Horizon League play.
  • 10 of Valpo’s last 11 matches have been decided by just one goal.
  • The Crusaders find themselves in a three-way tie for fifth place entering the final match of the regular season. Valpo is tied with Oakland and UIC, with the Crusaders holding the tiebreaker over the Flames.

Thoughts From Head Coach John Marovich

“I thought our first 45 minutes were good – thought our attitude was right and felt like our intensity was good. Our midfield did a great job in the first half, and we were able to get the ball into the attacking third. But unfortunately, we weren’t able to convert on any of our dangerous opportunities.”

“One mistake in the back, and we created a problem for ourselves with an own goal, forcing us to chase the game. I felt like our attitude was still good after the goal, however – we continued to play with the right mindset as we looked to get it back.”

“Especially in Horizon League play, when you find yourself down a goal in the second half, it’s very difficult to try to get that equalizer when the team in the lead is trying to kill the game off. It’s a tough situation, and we weren’t able to overcome it tonight. Now we have to work toward next weekend’s match, and the positive news heading into that match is our fate is in our own hands.”

Next Up

The Crusaders (8-9-0, 4-4-0 Horizon) close out the regular season Friday evening at Northern Kentucky for a 6 p.m. kickoff. A victory over the Norse would guarantee Valpo a spot in the Horizon League Championship. Links for live coverage will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.