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Crusaders Break Into Regional Men's Soccer Rankings
The Crusaders are regionally ranked for just the second time in program history. (Ray Acevedo)
The Crusaders are regionally ranked for just the second time in program history. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Off to its best four-match start of all-time, the Valparaiso men’s soccer team cracked the NSCAA Regional Rankings for just the second time in program history this week, coming in at #10 in the Great Lakes region in this week’s polling.

The Crusaders, who enter play this week at 3-0-1, are in some prestigious company in this week’s regional poll, as Valpo is joined by Akron, Louisville, Ohio State, Butler, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Indiana and Northwestern.  Valpo’s only previous appearance in the NSCAA Great Lakes regional polling came during the 2006 season, when it was ranked for a two-week stretch and reached as high as the #6 spot.

Valpo has already claimed two in-season tournament titles en route to the longest unbeaten stretch to start a year in program history, winning the hardware at the UNLV Invitational and the Marquette Invitational.  The Crusaders will put their unbeaten streak on the line this weekend with two more non-league contests, traveling to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI Friday afternoon before making their regular season home debut under the lights at Brown Field at 7 p.m. on Sunday against Bowling Green.

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