#12 Rita Craven
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Lincoln-Way North|
2014: Started all 20 matches in the midfield for the Crusaders as a junior ... became the first All-American in program history, as she was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American ... earned NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American accolades as well, one of just 12 players nationally named to that squad ... boasted highest GPA of First Team Scholar All-American honorees ... also a First Team All-Great Lakes Region and First Team Scholar All-North/Central Region recipient ... named Horizon League Player of the Year, the first-such honor for a Crusader in program history ... also named league Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-League honoree ... also a College Sports Madness First Team All-League selection ... ranked third on the team with five goals, led the team with three assists and tied for second with 13 points ... four of her five goals were of the match-winning variety, tying the Crusader single-season record and tied for the Horizon League lead ... owns seven career match-winners, tied for second in program history ... scored match-winning goal to open her season account Sept. 7 at Western Illinois ... also tallied the game-winning goal next time out at IPFW Sept. 12 ... recorded assist on the match-winner Sept. 19 at Eastern Illinois ... recorded first career multi-goal game Sept. 24 against Oakland in Horizon League opener ... was the first multi-goal game by a Crusader since November of 2009 ... named HL Player of the Week by College Sports Madness Sept. 29 following performance against the Golden Grizzlies ... registered another match-winning goal in league play at UIC Oct. 8 ... tallied assist in regular season finale Oct. 31 at Green Bay ... played ball in to April Cronin for eventual match-winner in HL semifinal against Green Bay Nov. 6 to pick up another assist ... a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District V selection as well ... named to Horizon League Academic All-League squad ... member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
2013: Started all 18 matches for Valpo during her sophomore campaign ... ranked fourth on the team with 1,398 minutes played ... finished the year tied for the team high with seven points, tallying two goals and a team-best three assists ... opened season with match-winning goal in 1-0 victory over DePaul Aug. 23, the Crusaders' first win in program history over a major-conference opponent ... picked up all three of her assists within Horizon League play, including helpers Sept. 28 at Milwaukee and Nov. 1 in a draw with Green Bay ... also was in on both goals Oct. 19 at Youngstown State, scoring the eventual match-winner to open Valpo's account that day before assisting on an insurance tally ... registered 33 shot attempts on the season, 10 of which were on target ... named to the Horizon League Academic All-League Team ... member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
2012: Started all 19 games at midfield in her rookie season with the Crusaders ... made her collegiate debut on Aug. 17 versus IUPUI and recorded four shot attempts...her first goal as a Crusader was a match-winner at IPFW on Sept. 16 ... logged 1,474 minutes and 22 shot attempts on the year ... named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner with the Phoenix ... an All-State selection in Illinois as a junior ... earned All-Midwest accolades as a senior ... led team to the Southwest Suburban Red Conference and regional championships as a sophomore and junior ... team won sectional title in 2012 ... an All-Area selection in 2010 ... named to the All-Sectional Team as a freshman ... selected to the Pepsi Showdown All-Tournament Team as a junior ... earned Southtown Star Player of the Week honors as a sophomore and junior ... had 17 assists as a senior ... played club soccer for Darien Soccer club ... also lettered in volleyball and basketball.
Personal: Rita is the daughter of Jim and Carla Craven ... major is biology.