The Valparaiso University women’s soccer team had three players earn Horizon League postseason awards, as the league announced its postseason honors Monday afternoon. Both senior midfielder Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and junior forward April Cronin (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) repeated as First Team All-League honorees, while freshman midfielder Kelsey Jahn (Oregon, Wis./Oregon) represented the Crusaders on the All-Freshman Team.
Craven repeats as a member of the All-Horizon League First Team after putting together another strong season in the middle of the park for the Crusaders. The league’s Player of the Year and a Third Team All-American last season, Craven started all 17 matches at midfield this season for Valpo, tying for team-high honors with three assists and ranking second on the team with six goals and 15 points. Craven has scored a pair of match-winning goals this season, giving her nine for her career, second-most in Valpo history, and ranks ninth in Crusader history with 14 career goals and nine career assists.
Cronin joins Craven as a repeat member of the First Team All-League after another standout year on the attack. Cronin paces Valpo with seven goals, three assists and 17 points on the year, and is tied for second in the Horizon League with her seven goals. She is tied for eighth on Valpo’s single-season goal-scoring chart this year and has boosted her career total to 17 goals, sixth-best all-time at Valpo and just one goal shy of fourth position.
Jahn was named an All-Freshman Team selection by the league’s coaches for her work in the midfield this year for Valpo. Jahn has appeared in all 17 games in her rookie campaign as a Crusader, starting on 14 occasions and playing a total of 1,299 minutes on the season.