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Paul Leitlet's Hat Trick Highlights Wild Crusader Win

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Paul Leitlet (Munster, Ind./Munster) recorded the first Valpo hat trick in 11 seasons and Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) capped a furious Crusader rally with a double-overtime winner as Valpo improved to 2-0 on the season by upending Evansville 5-4 (2ot) at Eastgate Field Sunday afternoon.

Leitlet, a sophomore, helped the Crusaders erase a pair of two-goal deficits, and sent the game into overtime with his third goal of the match in the 89th minute. The last Crusader hat trick came September 17, 1995 when Bryan McCulloch tallied three times against Bradley.

The match started with Evansville, in their first match under new Head Coach Mike Jacobs, dominating the action. The Purple Aces got on the board in the 17th minute and scored again in the 32nd minute to take a commanding 2-0 lead. But Leitelt sent the match to halftime 2-1 after he took a pretty feed up-field from Mark Wolka (Rochester Hills, Mich./Lutheran North) and blasted one past Evansville keeper Alec Dufty.

Still, at the break Evansville had controlled most of the play and out-shot the Brown and Gold 12-7, forcing freshman keeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) to make five first half saves.

Early in the second half, the Purple Aces scored again when Cory Elenio beat Schwarz to make it 3-1 in the 55th minute. But just 1:06 later, the Crusaders scored when a Jeremy Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) throw-in deep in the Evansville zone ticked Wolka and into the net to make it 3-2. Only four minutes after that goal, Leitelt got back into the action when he sent a penalty kick past Dufty at the 59:20 mark to bring the Crusaders all the way back even at 3-3.

But Evansville quickly re-took the lead. Elenio scored again the 62nd minute, just 1:49 after Leitelt's goal, to give the lead back to the visitors at 4-3. The game remained tied until the 89th minute when J.J. Eschenburg (Edgewood, N.M./Moriarty) found D.J. Catrow (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) along the near sideline. Catrow then chipped a perfect ball into the box for Leitelt who found the back of the net and sent the enthusiastic crowd over 400 at Eastgate Field into a frenzy.

After a scoreless but busy first overtime in which the teams combined for six shots (three on goal), the Crusaders were awarded a free kick just ouside the box when Shively was taken down charging after a long pass in the 104th minute. Leitlet fired the free kick over the wall and off the arms of Dufty, but the rebound came right to Shively who recorded his second match winner in only the second match of his career.

On a crazy offensive day, Valpo out-shot Evansville 24-22 and the clubs combined for 13 corners and 14 saves. Schwarz had five saves for the Crusaders, who also made two team stops, to pick up his second win in as many starts.

The Crusaders are now 2-0 for the first time since 1987 when they began the year 3-0. And Sunday was the first time a Valpo team scored five goals since a 5-4 win over Triton in November of 1998.

After a much-needed week off, Valpo will head to California to compete in the Copa de Causeway Tournament beginning Friday, September 2 at UC-Davis at 7:00 p.m. The Brown and Gold will round out the weekend Sunday, September 4 at 2:00 p.m. when they visit Sacramento State.

box score
season stats
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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