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Valpo Men Picked Fourth in Preseason Soccer Poll

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

The Valparaiso University men's soccer team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the Mid-Continent Conference according to the annual preseason poll conducted of the league's head coaches.

Head coach Mis' Mrak's squad, which finished 5-10-2 overall and in fourth place with a 2-2-1 record in the Mid-Con last season, earned 16 points in the poll.
Oakland, which has won at least a share of the conference title each of the past three seasons, has been tabbed as the favorite, followed by UMKC and Western Illinois. Centenary, the newest member of the Mid-Con, and Oral Roberts were picked in a tie for fifth place, while Oral Roberts rounds out the poll.

Valpo will open its regular season on Friday evening when the Crusaders host Southwest Missouri State beginning at 4 p.m. at Eastgate Field.

2003 Mid-Continent Conference Preseason Poll-Men's Soccer
1. Oakland (6) - 36
2. UMKC (1) - 29
3. Western Illinois - 25
4. Valparaiso - 16
t-5. Centenary - 15
t-5. Oral Roberts - 15
7. IUPUI - 11
(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