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Crusader Men Tabbed Sixth in Horizon League Poll
Head coach Mike Avery's Valparaiso side is projected to finish sixth in the Horizon League this year.
Head coach Mike Avery's Valparaiso side is projected to finish sixth in the Horizon League this year.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Valparaiso University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League by the league’s head coaches, as announced by the League office today.

Each of the league’s nine head coaches had a vote, and was not allowed to vote for their own squad.  Eight points were awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less being awarded for each place down to one point for an eighth-place vote.

UIC was tabbed as the unanimous favorite to capture the League title.  Green Bay and Loyola followed the Flames, with Butler and Milwaukee picked fourth and fifth.  Wright State, Detroit and Cleveland State were projected seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Valparaiso’s exhibition season continues Wednesday as the Crusaders play at St. Francis (Pa.).  The regular season kicks off Friday, August 29 as Valpo hosts Eastern Illinois at Eastgate Field at 4 p.m.

2008 Horizon League Preseason Poll

Team

Points (1st)

1.

UIC

64 (8)

2.

Green Bay

52 (1)

3.

Loyola

51

4.

Butler

43

5.

Milwaukee

39

6.

Valparaiso

26

7.

Wright State

25

8.

Detroit

23

9.

Cleveland State

13