Bulldogs Defeat Dayton In Exhibition Match

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DAYTON, OHIO -- Senior Kyle Pateros gave Butler the lead midway through the first period and the Bulldogs added a goal late in the match to defeat host Dayton, 2-0, in an exhibition men’s soccer match at Baujan Field on Friday night.  The match was Butler’s first test of the 2010 campaign.

Pateros notched his goal in the 31st minute with senior Brett Heinz picking up an assist on the tally.  It proved to be the game-winner.

Senior Michael Clayton took a centering pass from senior Dustin Mares and added Butler’s second and final goal late in the contest to close out the scoring.  The match was played under modified rules with one 45-minute period, followed by two 30-minute periods.

Head coach Kelly Findley, entering his fifth season with the Bulldogs, used goalkeepers Fabian Knopfler, Jon Dawson and Andy Holte in the shutout effort.

The Bulldogs, coming off a championship in the Horizon League and an NCAA Tournament appearance, will play a home exhibition match against Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, August 24.  That match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in the Butler Bowl.

BULLDOG BITS:  Junior defender Matt Hedges, the reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the preseason All-America Team by College Soccer News.  Hedges also made the 2010 PDL All-League Team, honoring the best 11 players from this summer’s Premier Development League.