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Valpo Tabbed Fourth in Mid-Con Preseason Poll

Friday, August 20, 2004

Valparaiso University's women's soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference for the 2004 season according to the preseason poll as selected by the league's head coaches.

Head coach Stephen Anthony's squad is coming off of a 3-11-3 season overall and a 1-2-3 mark in Mid-Con play, finishing in fifth place in 2003. The Crusaders earned 19 points in the league poll.

Oakland, the defending conference champions, was tabbed to repeat as champions, while Oral Roberts was selected second. Centenary was selected to finish just ahead of Valpo, while IUPUI and Western Illinois tied for fifth in the balloting. Southern Utah rounds out the preseason poll.

First place votes earned six points in the poll on a scale that saw one point issued for a sixth place pick. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Crusaders will open up their 2004 regular season on Friday, August 27, as Valpo heads to Normal, Ill. to battle Illinois State in a 4 p.m. kickoff.

2004 Mid-Continent Conference Preseason Poll
Team Points
1. Oakland (6) - 36
2. Oral Roberts (1) - 31
3. Centenary - 24
4. Valparaiso - 19
5. IUPUI - 14
Western Illinois - 14
7. Southern Utah - 10
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.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
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
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.
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
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler