September 1, 2009

Bulldogs Defeat IPFW In Season-Opener

Box Score

Sophomore Matt Hedges broke a scoreless deadlock midway through the second half and senior Boris Gatzky added an insurance goal late in the final period to lead Butler to a 2-0 victory over host IPFW at Hefner Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 1, evening.  It was the 2009 men’s soccer season opener for both teams.

Hedges, who earned All-League honors as a defender a year ago, scored Butler’s first 2009 goal on a header at 67:33.  Senior Kyle VondenBenken picked up and assist on the decisive play.  The game-winner was the third career goal for Hedges.

The Bulldogs added an insurance goal with less than three minutes remaining in the match on Gatzky’s penalty kick.  It was the 11th goal of his Butler career.

Senior Fabian Knopfler started at goalkeeper for the Bulldogs, and he wound up posting his sixth career shutout.  He recorded four saves in the match.  The Reutlingen, Germany native has recorded four shutouts in his last five Butler starts.

Butler finished the match with an 18-15 edge in shots and a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal.  Gatzky led the way with six total shots, including five on goal, while junior Kyle Pateros added four shots, including two on the net.

The Bulldogs will play their first home match of the 2009 campaign on Sunday, Sept. 6.  The non-league match against Xavier is slated for 5 p.m. (ET) at the Butler Bowl.