Butler Drops Soccer Exhibition At Eastern Illinois

Box Score

Eastern Illinois tallied a goal midway through the second half and that proved to be enough to lift the host Panthers to a 1-0 victory over Butler in an exhibition men’s soccer match at Lakeside Field in Charleston, Ill., on Tuesday.  The match was the final tuneup for the Bulldogs, who will begin the 2009 campaign at IPFW on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Jerry Maddi scored on a header off a cross from Kendal Spurgin at 56:16 to break a scoreless deadlock and eventually give the Panthers the decision.  The scoring play was one of five shots on goal for the host squad.

Butler finished with a 22-13 advantage in shots in the match, but Eastern Illinois goalkeepers Shailer Thomas and Sean Molony turned away each of the Bulldogs’ five shots on goal.  Boris Gatzky and Michael Clayton led the Butler attack with five shots and one shot on goal each.

Head coach Kelly Findley used 25 players, including three goalkeepers, in the match.  Fabian Knopfler started in goal and played a scoreless first half, while Nick Hegeman and Nick Powell split the second half in net.

The two squads played a 10-minute overtime period after the regulation match and then finished the scoreless extra period with a penalty kick shootout.  Eastern Illinois prevailed in the five-round shootout, 4-2, with Lucas Eichhorn and Austin Evans scoring Butler’s goals