#24 UW-Milwaukee Downs Valpo 1-0 in Exhibition Finale

Sunday, August 20, 2006

After nearly 70 minutes of scoreless soccer, the 24th-ranked UW-Milwaukee Panthers found the back of the net and held on late to top Valpo 1-0 Sunday at Eastgate Field in the Crusaders final exhibition tune-up of the 2006 season.

The Brown and Gold kick off the regular season back at Eastgate on Friday night at 5:00 p.m. against DePaul.

Sunday, UW-Milwaukee's Steve Sperl punched a point-blank cross from Andre Francois past freshman Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) in the 70th minute for the match-winner. Both teams had several scoring chances throughout the second half, but Panther keeper Grant Fernstrum was up to every challenge, making seven saves and recording the shutout.

The Crusaders out-shot the Panthers 14-12, firing seven shots on goal to only four from UW-Milwaukee. Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster) led the Valpo offense with four shots and D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) added three, with two on frame.

Beginning with the 2007 season, Valpo and UW-Milwaukee will be frequent foes with the Crusaders moving to the Horizon League, a league the Panthers have won each of the last four seasons.

Friday's Valpo match against DePaul can be heard live on 95.1 FM, WVUR, and online at Pregame coverage of the 5:00 p.m. tilt is scheduled to begin at 4:50 p.m.

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