A goal by Lauren
Patterson with just over 10 minutes to play proved to be the difference on
Sunday afternoon as Wright State defeated Valparaiso 1-0 at Eastgate Field.
“We have to find a
way to score goals and right now we’re just not doing that,” Valpo head coach John Marovich said after the match.
The Crusaders had
the first scoring chance of the match, midway through the first half. Rachel
Hoaglin (Lakeville, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels H.S.) fired a shot that
Meghan Hackerson made a diving save on to keep the match scoreless into
Luisa Desario (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett H.S.) had another
chance to put Valpo in front with about 30 minutes to play, just missing the
inside of the near post from 10 yards out.
Kristen Manski (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) kept the
Crusaders in the match late in the second half, making a diving stop as well as
coming out of the goal to deflect another attempt.
headed home a corner kick off of the foot of Brittany Persaud with 10:26 remaining
in regulation for the match’s lone goal.
Wright State (8-8,
3-3 Horizon) outshot the Crusaders 13-11 for the contest, and held a 6-4
advantage on goal. Manski turned aside
five shots for the Brown and Gold while Hackerson made three saves and Brooke
McCurdy made one in the second half for the Raiders. The visitors held an 8-1 advantage in corner
kick opportunities in the match as well.
1-4-1) closes out the regular season with a pair of matches next weekend at
Eastgate Field, beginning on Friday afternoon when the Crusaders host Cleveland
State. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Match Notes: Desario had three shot attempts and is now
tied with Allison Swanson (2002-2005) for seventh on the career charts with 102
… Wright State leads the all-time series 8-1.