Brian Visser Sets School Records in Win Over Valparaiso
CHICAGO – Brian Visser set a pair of school records as DePaul knocked off Valparaiso, 1-0, at Wish Field on Friday afternoon. The junior goalkeeper tallied his school-record 11th career save and in the process set a single-season record with his fourth consecutive shutout. Peter Sterbenz scored his first goal of the season in the 61st minute as the Blue Demons improve to 4-0-0 marking the best start in program history.
Visser finished the afternoon with three saves while holding the Crusaders scoreless. He eclipsed the former record of 10 career shutouts held by Terry Paulus. Paulus played two seasons from 1983-84. His fourth straight shutout broke the single-season mark held most recently by Michael Timlin during the 2003 season. A total of four players held the previous record.
A scoreless first half saw Valpariso (1-4-0) put together the best chance of the period, but the Crusaders came up empty with on a 2-v-1 opportunity. Oscar Lomeli tried to feed Paul Leitelt, but his pass went too far and crossed the endline in the 30th minute.
DePaul (4-0-0) turned up the pressure in the second half as the Blue Demons took six of their 10 shots in the match and four of the six corner kick opportunities.
Steffen Vroom started the match’s only goal with a quick tap to Julian Chill who served the ball in front of the Valparaiso net. Sterbenz charged the net and headed a liner to the upper right corner past Crusader keeper Ryan Schwarz at 60:53.
The Blue Demons jump into BIG EAST play next weekend as they host Providence and Connecticut at Wish Field. Kickoff on Friday with the Friars is set for 4 p.m. while Sunday’s match against the Huskies begins at 1 p.m.
Match Notes: The 1-0 victory ended a three-game season-opening run of consecutive 2-0 victories... DePaul’s 4-0-0 record is the best start in school history... the Blue Demons won five games in all of 2006... Brian Visser set two records with his 11th career shutout and fourth straight shutout this season... Julian Chill totaled his 12th career assist... he needs two more to move into a tie for fifth all-time at DePaul... Peter Sterbenz has now scored two career goals... DePaul now leads the series, 11-6-3.