Rita Craven adds to her impressive tally of awards, as she was named an NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American - one of just 12 named to the team and the first in program history. Jenny Fassbinder earned Third Team Scholar All-American honors as well, while Kelsey Draper was a Third Team Scholar All-Region recipient.
Valparaiso women’s soccer junior midfielder Rita Craven found herself in some lofty company on Friday, as she was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American - one of just 37 players in the nation to earn All-American honors. Craven is the first Crusader in program history to earn All-American accolades, and is one of just three players all-time from current Horizon League programs to receive the nation’s top honor.
Four Crusaders earn NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region honors - Rita Craven First Team; April Cronin, Jenny Fassbinder and Shelby Oelschlager Second Team. The quartet marked Valpo's first All-Region honorees since 2008.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team kept #12/11 Notre Dame off the scoreboard for nearly the entirety of regulation in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Friday, but the Irish broke through for a goal with 50 seconds to play to down the Crusaders, 1-0. The loss brings to a close the best season in program history (14-2-4) for Valpo.
After claiming its first Horizon League championship last weekend, Valparaiso heads to its second NCAA Tournament in program history and first since 2005, making the hour trip east to take on #12/11 Notre Dame, a number-four national seed, Friday night at 6 p.m. CT. The Crusaders enter the NCAA Tournament winners of 12 straight matches, the nation’s second longest streak.
Champions of the Horizon League, the Valparaiso women’s soccer team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005 in close proximity to campus, as the Crusaders have been sent to Notre Dame for the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The game will be played Friday evening, November 14 at 6 p.m. CT.
The Crusaders find out where they're heading for the NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon - selection show viewing party begins in Ballroom A of the Harre Union on campus at 3 p.m. The show will be streamed live on NCAA.com beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Tournament MVP April Cronin scored the game's lone goal in the 84th minute as the Valparaiso women's soccer team won the 2014 Horizon League Championship over Detroit Saturday night at Brown Field, 1-0. With the title, the Crusaders' first since joining the Horizon League, Valpo advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.