INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Senior Kyle Pateros scored with just 1:31
remaining to lift #12 Butler to a 2-1 victory over visiting
Evansville in a non-league match at the Butler Bowl on Tuesday,
Oct. 5. The thrilling finish boosted the Bulldogs to 9-0-0 on
the season and kept Butler as the nation's only remaining
unbeaten, untied team.
The game-winner was set up by freshman Jamie Vollmer. On a throw-in from the side, the first-year player launched the ball nearly 25 yards toward the Evansville goal. The ball bounded off of Butler midfielder Adam Glanzer to Pateros, who slipped a header past Evansville goalkeeper Robert Randant.
It was the third goal of the season for Pateros and set off a wild Butler celebration.
"We got some guys in the right places, coachable guys who did their job, and because they did their job we scored a goal off that," said Butler head coach Kelly Findley after the win.
Reflecting on the throw-in, Findley commented, "That kid, he's the smallest guy on our team. I don't know where he pulls that from. I've never seen anyone be able to throw it that far regardless of how big they are. But he can play, too. We put him in the game because we thought he could attack forward. And that's just a bonus of having Jamie."
The two Indiana foes battled to a 0-0 deadlock through the first half, both teams coming up with a single shot on goal. The score remained tied until 54:44, when Butler's Adekunle Oluyedun finished a corner kick by senior Ben Sippola with a header to the lower right corner of the net. It was the fourth goal of the season for the Butler freshman.
But Evansville (4-5-1) came back and tied the match 12 minutes later on Tom Irvin's header off a corner kick by Gavin Chura.
"We talked about the fact that their No. 1 strength is the re-starts. Don't give them opportunities and we gave the ball away in a bad spot, created a corner kick and then we gave one away," noted Findley.
The Aces played the final 22 minutes down a man, after Irvin received first a yellow card and then a red card. Butler got off three shot in the final 17 minutes, before the game-winner by Pateros.
The Bulldogs finished with a 12-7 advantage in shot, with Pateros, Oluyedun, Jacob Capito and Matt Hedges each collecting two attempts. Butler goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler picked up a save in each half, while improving to 9-0-0 on the season.
Butler will continue its current homestand and return to Horizon League play with a match against UIC on Saturday, Oct. 9. That contest at the Butler Bowl will start at 4 p.m.