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Crusaders Picked Seventh in PFL Preseason Poll

Friday, August 04, 2006

Valparaiso University's football team has been predicted to finish in seventh place in the Pioneer Football League this season according to the preseason balloting done by the league's head coaches.

Head coach Stacy Adams' squad garnered 15 points and was picked to finish ahead of Butler in 2006 as the PFL returns to one eight-team league as opposed to the two-division format used during the past five years.

San Diego, last year's PFL champion, was picked to repeat, followed by Dayton and Drake. Morehead State was tabbed fourth, with Jacksonville and Davidson picked fifth and sixth respectively.

Ballots were tabulated with seven points for a first place vote, with one point less being awarded for each succeeding place. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own school.

Valpo went 3-8 overall and 103 in the PFL North in 2005, finishing in fourth place in the division.

The Crusaders will open up their 2006 season on Saturday, September 2 when the Crusaders travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to battle Wisconsin Lutheran.

2006 Pioneer Football League Preseason Poll
Team - Points
1. San Diego (5) - 45
2. Dayton (2) - 43
3. Drake - 37
4. Morehead State - 32
5. Jacksonville (1) - 26
6. Davidson - 17
7. Valparaiso - 15
8. Butler - 9
(First place votes in parentheses)
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler