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Valpo Women's Soccer Picked Seventh in Horizon League Preseason Poll
Luisa Desario and Rachel Hoaglin hope to have lots to celebrate this season for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)
Luisa Desario and Rachel Hoaglin hope to have lots to celebrate this season for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, August 08, 2011

Valparaiso University has been predicted to finish in seventh place in the Horizon League’s 2011 preseason women’s soccer poll according to the voting done by the league’s head coaches.

Fourth-year head coach John Marovich returns 19 letterwinners, including 10 starters from last year’s 5-8-5 team, which posted a 1-5-2 mark in conference action, finishing in a tie for seventh in the Horizon League standings.

The Crusaders tallied 24 points in the preseason poll to place seventh, finishing ahead of Green Bay and Youngstown State.  Three-time defending champion Milwaukee was projected to win the league title yet again, garnering seven of the nine first place votes, with Butler tabbed second.  Wright State and Detroit each picked up one first place vote and were selected third and fourth respectively, followed by Cleveland State and Loyola (Chicago).

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.

Valparaiso will open the 2011 regular season on Friday, Aug. 19, as the Crusaders host Morehead State at Brown Field.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. 

 

2011 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

 

1.

Milwaukee (7)

63

2.

Butler

52

3.

Wright State(1)

49

4.

Detroit (1)

41

5.

Cleveland State

38

6.

Loyola

31

7.

Valparaiso

24

8.

Green Bay

18

9.

Youngstown State

8

 

(First place votes in parentheses)

 

 

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.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
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
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
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
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.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
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
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler