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Valpo Selected to Finish Sixth in Horizon League Women's Soccer Poll
Sarah Jewell and the Crusaders were picked 6th in the Horizon League.
Sarah Jewell and the Crusaders were picked 6th in the Horizon League.

Friday, August 24, 2007

            Valparaiso University, set to play its inaugural season in the Horizon League, was predicted to finish in sixth place in the league’s 2007 preseason women’s soccer poll.

            Head coach Stephen Anthony’s squad returns 18 letterwinners, including 10 starters from last year’s 12-4-3 season, which saw the Crusaders win their second consecutive Mid-Continent Conference regular season crown.

            The Crusaders tallied 30 points in the preseason poll, trailing Detroit by two points for fifth place and Butler by just four points for fourth place.  Milwaukee, the defending seven-time Horizon League champion, was picked to win its eighth consecutive crown followed by Loyola and Wright State.  Green Bay, Youngstown State, and Cleveland State round out the bottom third of the preseason balloting.

            The voting, done by the league’s head coaches, awarded eight points for a first place vote through one point for an eighth place vote.  Coaches could not vote for their own team and one coach abstained from voting.

            Valparaiso will open the 2007 regular season on Friday, August 31, as the Crusaders host Murray State at Eastgate Field.  Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

 
2007 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

 

 

1.

Milwaukee (7)

56

2.

Loyola (1)

49

3.

Wright State

42

4.

Butler

34

5.

Detroit

32

6.

 

Valparaiso

 

30

 

7.

Green Bay

23

8.

Youngstown State

14

9.

Cleveland State

8

(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