Despite having much the better of the stat line, the Valpo soccer team was unable to come away with the result Friday evening at Brown Field against Chicago State, as the Cougars took advantage of a penalty kick in the 88th minute for the deciding goal of the 2-1 final score.
How It Happened
- Valpo out-shot CSU in the first half by an 8-1 margin and earned four corner kicks, but it was the Cougars’ one shot which was the difference at intermission. CSU scored off of a corner kick in the 14th minute, with Veronika Avila earning the goal off an assist from Delaney Kenney.
- The Beacons pushed and pushed in the second half in search of the equalizer, as their numerous attacks resulted in a few near-misses in scrambles in the box and at least one ball off the woodwork.
- Finally, the breakthrough came in the 74th Sophomore Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) unleashed a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that beat CSU keeper Alexa Seiler inside the far post to level the match.
- Valpo continued to stay on the front foot after tying the match, trying to find the match-winner with four more shots in a 10-minute span. Meanwhile, Valpo keeper Georgia Henkel (Houston, Texas/Stratford) made a leaping save off a CSU counter in the 86th minute to keep it 1-1.
- But another counter by the Cougars proved to be Valpo’s downfall, as the Beacons were called for a foul in the box. CSU’s Dyana Dawood slotted home the penalty for the deciding tally.
Inside the Match
- Joyner’s goal was the fourth of her career.
- Valpo out-shot CSU on the evening 24-7 and put 15 of its efforts on goal. Seiler tallied 14 saves in goal for the Cougars.
- CSU’s first goal snapped a personal shutout streak of 284 minutes for Henkel.
- Sophomore Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) made her first career start on Friday, while freshman Kylie Schiemann (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) made her Valpo debut off the bench.
Valpo (1-2-2) continues nonconference play on Sunday afternoon at Ball State. Kickoff from Muncie is set for noon CT.