Women’s Soccer drops final road match of regular season

The Valpo women’s soccer team closed out the road portion of its 2019 regular season schedule on Saturday evening, falling 3-0 to Drake in Urbandale, Iowa.

How It Happened

-          Valpo goalkeeper Georgia Henkel (Houston, Texas/Stratford) made a pair of early saves in the fourth and 11th minutes to keep the scoreline 0-0.

-          Drake got on the board in the 18th minute, on a high center shot from Hannah Bormann. Cassie Rohan and Annie Schmitz picked up assists on Bormann’s goal.

-          The Bulldogs doubled their lead just over six minutes before halftime on a shot to the lower right from Vanessa Kavan, assisted by Olivia Bruce.

-          Valpo had a good look at goal on a free kick just outside the box in the 51st minute, but senior Adi Johnson (Rockford, Ill./Rockford Christian) had her shot saved by Drake goalkeeper Kelsie Stone.

-          Drake added a third goal as Bruce found the back of the net in the 77th minute, with assists from Bormann and Erika Townley.

Inside the Match

-          Drake held a slight 8-6 edge in shots for the match, but put six of its efforts on goal versus just one shot on goal for Valpo.

-          Henkel made three saves for the Brown and Gold, while Stone had to stop just the one shot to earn the shutout for the Bulldogs.

-          Four Valpo field players played the full 90 minutes on Saturday. Freshman Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) went the distance for the 10th straight match, while sophomore Morgen Metzger (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) has played the entirety of the last eight fixtures.

-          Meanwhile, Johnson went the full 90 for the fourth consecutive match after working her way back to fitness following injury. Senior Ali Quillen (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) played the entire match as well after missing Valpo’s last outing due to illness.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“It was a tough day today for our group. In the first half, we struggled with connecting passes, which caused us to have to defend more than we would want. However, in the second half, we came out on the front foot and had more possession, which brought us back into the game.”

Next Up

Valpo (1-14-1, 1-5-0 MVC) closes out the regular season at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 against UNI. Valpo is still in position to potentially qualify for the MVC Tournament with a win on Thursday and favorable results elsewhere.