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Valpo Headed to the NCAA Tournament after Taking Mid-Con Crown 3-1 against Oakland on Sunday

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Valparaiso is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's history as the Crusaders defeated Oakland 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla. to claim its first Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title.

Emily King (Colona, Ill./United Township H.S.), the tournament's Most Valuable Player, scored twice and Courtney Rahrig (Centennial, Colo./J.K. Mullen H.S.) notched the match-winner as the Crusaders were victorious for the first time in three finals appearances. Valpo also avenged its regular season loss to the Golden Grizzlies and beat Oakland for just the third time in 11 meetings all-time against its conference foe.

?This is the biggest moment in our program's history," head coach Stephen Anthony said. ?I'm so excited for our players and their opportunity to continue playing next week."

After a scoreless first half, King put Valpo on the board 9:13 into the second stanza, dribbling in and scoring from 20 yards out for her third goal of the tournament and tenth of the season.

Oakland tied it less than nine minutes later as Kristi Vandeberghe found the back of the net with Lia Williamson earning the assist at 61:59.

Rahrig made the most of her only goal of the season, notching her tally with 16:21 remaining in the contest from 25 yards out. For the sophomore, who was also named to the Mid-Con All-Tournament Team, it was just her second career goal playing out of the backfield.

King gave Valpo its insurance goal with 13:11 left in the match scoring on a free kick from 22 yards out to set a new Mid-Con Tournament record with her fourth goal on the weekend. Her 11th tally of the season also tied the Crusaders' single season mark which Lori Moore established during the 2000 campaign. King now has 21 goals for her career. She also broke the single season record for points. The senior has now tallied 27 points surpassing Moore's total of 24 in 2000 and 2001.

?The way we battled back after allowing that tying goal shows the character of this team," Anthony, the Mid-Con co-Coach of the Year said.

Erin Murray (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley H.S.) made three saves in the victory, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team, while Oakland's Jessica Howard turned away four Valpo shot attempts.

Valpo outshot the Golden Grizzlies 16-13 for the match, 10-5 in the second stanza. The Crusaders also earned six corner kicks while Oakland (9-8-1) tallied three.

Dana McGlone (Littleton, Colo./Heritage H.S.) also earned All-Tournament Team honors after tallying a pair of assists in Valpo's 2-0 semifinal victory over Southern Utah on Friday night.

Valpo (12-7-1) has already set a single season record for victories in a year. The Crusaders will learn where they are heading for the NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon when the field of 64 is announced live on ESPNews between 4 and 4:30 p.m. The team will gather at BuffaLouies in Valparaiso to watch the selection show.

The First Round will be held Friday, November 11 on campus sites with the Second Round scheduled for Sunday, November 13.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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