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DePaul Comes Up Short in Season Opener
Natasa Radosavljevic had a pair of shots on goal in Friday night's 1-0 loss at Valparaiso.

Natasa Radosavljevic had a pair of shots on goal in Friday night's 1-0 loss at Valparaiso.

Aug 23, 2013

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VALPARAISO, Ind. - All it took was one shot to spoil DePaul's season opener on Friday night.

A first-half goal gave Valparaiso a 1-0 victory over DePaul on the winner's home field.

Valparaiso scored in the 32nd minute on a shot by former Lincoln-Way North star Rita Craven into the far post from 10 yards out. Ex-Glenbrook South forward April Cronin was credited with an assist.

"I didn't think we were ready in the first half, and because of that we took a goal," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "Their player (Craven) made a timing run into the box and got on the end of the ball.

"We didn't do a good job denying the service. We played better in the second half but couldn't score the tying goal."

Craven had the only shot on goal by the Crusaders in the first half. DePaul's Natasa Radosavljevic had a pair of shots on frame and Erin Pekovitch had one in the first 45 minutes.

The Blue Demons had four chances for the equalizer in the second half. In the 74th minute, Ashleigh Goddard had a header off a Rebekah Roller corner kick that was saved by Valparaiso goalkeeper Kristen Manski.

In the 83rd minute, Amber Paul fired a shot that went wide right. A minute later, Paul's shot at the Crusader net was turned away by Manski.

In the 88th minute, Radosavljevic's attempt went over the net.

"I thought our back four (Rachel Pitman, Kylie Nordness, Nina Kodros, Brianna Ryce) did well," Chastain said. "They limited Valparaiso's scoring chances. Other than the goal, I never felt they would score.

"We beat Valparaiso at our place last year in a physical battle. The players knew it would be physical again. But for some reason, they weren't ready for that.

"It's our task to be ready to play on Sunday."

The Blue Demons will look to even their record with a 1 p.m. game at Saint Louis.

NOTES: DePaul outshot Valparaiso 9-5 and had five shots on goal to three for the Crusaders... the Blue Demons outshot the home team 6-2 in the second half... DePaul had the only two corner kicks of the game... Paul led the way with four shots and one on goal... Radosavljevic fired off three shots with two on frame... Pekovitch and Goddard each had one shot on goal... Nordness, Kodros, Pitman, Ryce and Roller played all 90 minutes.