Valpo Blanks St. Joe's to Open Exhibition Season
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Valparaiso kicked off its 2005 exhibition season in victorious fashion on Sunday evening, as the Crusaders shutout Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 4-0 in Rensselaer, Ind.

The Crusaders were jump-started in the first half as Jeremy Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian H.S.) scored after receiving a feed from Andrew Stewart (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson H.S.). D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central H.S.) made it 2-0 Crusaders at intermission, with Phillip Dennis (Las Cruces, N.M./Las Cruces H.S.) drawing the assist.

Valpo added a pair of insurance goals in the second half. Jon Brighton (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County H.S.) tallied the third goal with Stacy adding the assist for his third point of the night. Greg Gibson (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side H.S.) capped off the scoring for the Brown and Gold after receiving a pass from Paul Leitelt (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.).

Jeff Oleck (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) and Sean McGinnis (Barrington, Ill./Barrington H.S.) each saw a half of action between the posts for the Crusaders in the shutout effort.

Valparaiso will conclude its exhibition season on Saturday evening as the Crusaders travel to Dayton for a 6 p.m. CDT match against the Flyers.