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#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.

box score
cumulative exhibition stats
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