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Crusaders Win Season Opener in Style

Friday, August 25, 2006

Freshman Steve Shively's (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) first career goal was a match-winner, giving the Crusaders a season-opening win for just the second time in the last 16 years, and leading Valpo to a 2-0 win over DePaul Friday night at Eastgate Field.

The Brown and Gold last won a season opener in 2001 after dropping the first nine under Head Coach Mis' Mrak. But Valpo reversed the trend Friday, picking up right where the 2005 team left off, with a shutout. Last season, the Crusaders set a school record by posting six shutouts.

Shively's winning goal came in only the ninth minute, when Paul Leitlet (Munster, Ind./Munster) found Jon Brighton (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County) on the wing and Brighton played a perfect cross into the box for the freshman. Shively, who drew a starting assignment in his collegiate debut, scored on the first, and so far only, shot of his career.

The Crusaders struck again the 54th minute when Tyler Pagano (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) bluffed on a free kick from just outside the box and Leitelt snuck in from behind to power the ball past DePaul keeper Brian Visser. Leitelt, just a sophomore, now has five career goals, the third highest total among all active Crusaders.

Another freshman, Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), played all 90 minutes between the pipes, earning the victory, and made four saves for the first shutout of his young career.

The Blue Demons (0-1-0) out-shot Valpo 18-9, but put only four of their 18 shots on goal and lost on the road for the 21st straight match. Visser made two saves and took the defeat in goal.

Valpo (1-0-0) will be back in action on Sunday in the first half of a Crusader soccer doubleheader. The men will take on Evansville at 12:30 p.m. at Eastgate Field, and the women will follow with a 3:00 p.m. match against Loyola (Chicago). Both contests can be heard live on 95.1 FM, WVUR, and online at

box score
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