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Crusaders Look to Take Next Step and Claim First Conference Championship

Friday, August 30, 2002

After recording the first winning season in Valparaiso University women's soccer history and finishing in second place in the Mid-Continent Conference, confidence is high with the Crusaders. Coming off of a 10-9 season in 2001, Valpo will look to take the next step and win their first-ever conference crown.

Head coach Stephen Anthony, the reigning Mid-Con Coach of the Year, returns 13 letterwinners from last season's squad, including seven starters and two all-conference performers.

Senior Lori Moore returns for her final season to spearhead the Crusader offense. A three-time all-conference selection, Moore is at or near the top in almost every offensive category in the Valpo record books. The Crusaders all-time scoring leader is coming off of back-to-back double-figure goal-scoring seasons, and looks to move up in the Mid-Continent Conference record books. She enters 2002 in third place all-time in the Mid-Con in goals scored and career points.

Fellow senior Sarah Wittrock also returns to the Crusaders midfield and will help the offensive attack. Wittrock has six career tallies and five helpers, giving her 17 career points, second most among Valpo returnees.

In the midfield, Valpo will also look to Kova Kolondzic and Lindsay Holley. Both provided the Crusaders with quality minutes last season, and Anthony will look for the same out of them this year. Freshman Allison Swanson will add depth to the midfield position for the Crusaders.

On the Valpo frontline, Cathy DeVito moves back to forward after playing defense the past two seasons. The senior scored three goals up front as a freshman, before being moved to the back her sophomore year.

Amy Miller and Becky Maynard also return up front, and each has just one season's experience. As a rookie, Miller finished second on the team in scoring, and tallied a pair of match-winning goals, while Maynard moves up top from her midfield position last year.

Coach Anthony will have to look for freshmen to step up to add depth to the Valpo frontline. Two newcomers, Emily King and Ashley Shaneyfelt, will also compete for playing time at forward.

The Valpo defense may be the team's strength in 2002. Junior Courtney Budd was an all-conference selection as a sophomore and will be looked to again to step-up in the backfield.

Junior defenders Briana Erhardt and Jillian Keating each played vital roles for the Crusaders last season, helping the team tie a school-best with five shutouts last year. They also helped the team record a school-record for lowest team goals against average (1.51). Sophomore Kelly Faulkner will transition to the backfield for Valpo after spending her freshman season at forward.

In addition, Kate Battles will return to the Valpo backfield after missing most of her rookie season with a torn ACL. Prior to the injury, Battles was beginning to shown signs of becoming a major factor in the backfield. Freshmen Kristi Dixon and Lorna Torrez will also look to step in and earn some playing time on defense for the Crusaders in 2002.

In goal, Kristen Templin is the lone Crusader with match experience. A backup during her first two seasons, the junior has played in 14 contests, including four starting assignments. During her freshman year, she recorded one solo shutout, and has had four other partial shutouts in two seasons.

Senior Kathy Cooksey and freshman Danielle Guerra will each look to earn time between the pipes for the Brown and Gold when the 2002 season kicks off as well.

Valpo will open its regular season schedule at home on September 1, when the University of Toledo Rockets visit Eastgate Field. The Crusaders will then travel to Cal Poly for a tournament the following weekend, meeting the host Mustangs and the University of Pacific.

Half of the Brown and Gold's 18-match schedule will be played at Eastgate Field, including the Mid-Continent Conference opener against IUPUI on September 29. The Crusaders are also home for a pair of conference matches during homecoming weekend, October 11 and 13 against Southern Utah and Oral Roberts respectively.

Valpo's regular season will conclude on November 3 at home against Loyola, before the Crusaders travel to Tulsa, Okla. for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.

The Crusaders will hope the ball bounces in the right direction during 2002, and will look to claim their first conference title.
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo