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Crusaders Look to Rebound in 2004

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

After a disappointing 2003 season in which Valparaiso University failed to qualify for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time since 2000, the Crusaders will look to reverse their fortunes as the 2004 campaign begins.

Head coach Stephen Anthony returns 12 letterwinners, including eight starters from the 2003 team which finished 3-11-3 overall and 1-2-3 in Mid-Con play earning a fifth place finish.

Offensively, Valpo will look to put the ball in the net more than they managed last season. All 15 goals from last year were scored by players returning this year, giving Anthony a reason to believe that the offense will find the back of the goal more often.

Up front, sophomore Jen Bartels tied for the team lead with four tallies a year ago, and will look to pace the Brown and Gold's offense along with a pair of seniors. Lindsay Holley set a new school single-season assist record last year with six, and finished with eight points for Valpo. Fellow senior Amy Miller also found the goal last year coming off of the bench, and will look to help add fire power to the Crusaders' offense.

Lorna Torrez returns after battling an injury for most of 2003 to add support up top for the Brown and Gold as well. Torrez scored once while starting the first six matches of the season before missing the remainder of the year.

Four newcomers will also vie for time at forward. Brittany Derksen, Courtney Rahrig, Jennifer Wegehaupt, and Britta Zewers will all look to make a difference in the Valpo lineup.

Senior Kelly Faulkner will look to anchor the Valpo midfield along with junior Allison Swanson. Faulkner has come off the bench for Valpo over the first few years of her career, while Swanson has been a mainstay in the starting lineup.

Lauren Cooper, who missed last season with an injury, will also compete for time in the midfield along with freshman Sonney Ziegahn.

Valpo's backline also consists of a talented group of individuals. Liberty Ziegahn and Emily King were both Second Team All Mid-Continent Conference selections in 2003, and will look to spearhead the defense. Ziegahn and King, who moves from her midfield position last season where she scored four goals and tallied ten points, both started every match last season for the Crusaders.

Junior Ashley Shaneyfelt also will transition to the back for the Brown and Gold after dishing out three assists for the Crusaders, while Amanda Meyer adds another weapon for Valpo on defense after scoring three goals a year ago.

Kristi Dixon came off the bench for Valpo as a sophomore last season to add depth to the lineup, and will look to make an additional impact for the Brown and Gold this year. Freshman Karie Sahly also joins the squad in 2004 and will fulfill various roles on the field for the Crusaders this year.

In goal, Danielle Guerra returns for Valpo after posting a 1.68 goals against average and a pair of shutouts during her sophomore campaign. The junior made nine starts in 2003, and will look for the starting assignment this year. Guerra will battle Erin Murray for the job, though, as the freshman will look to make her own impact for the Brown and Gold.

The 2004 schedule will be a challenging one for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders open with four of their first five matches on the road. The campaign begins on August 27 with the Brown and Gold traveling to Illinois State. Two days later, Valpo will return to Eastgate Field for its 2004 home opener against Loyola (Ill.).

The Crusaders open Mid-Continent Conference action at home on September 19 when the Jaguars of IUPUI visit Eastgate. Mid-Con foes Southern Utah and Oral Roberts will also visit Valparaiso this season, with the latter battling the Brown and Gold at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Field on October 28 in the final Mid-Con match of the year.

In addition to hosting non-conference foes Cleveland State and North Dakota State at Eastgate Field, Valpo will entertain Central Michigan on October 30 for Senior Day and the final regular season match of the year.

The difficult schedule will challenge the Crusaders throughout the 2004 season, but should help Valpo return to the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament held in Rochester, Mich. during the first weekend in November.

The Crusaders return a great deal of talent from last year's squad, including all of their top goal scorers. When the freshman mesh with the upperclassmen, Valpo will look to once again rise toward the top of the Mid-Con standings and provide yet another exciting season of Crusader soccer action at Eastgate Field.
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo