INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler head coach Kelly Findley was
looking for an added spark up front and he got it in a big way in
the Bulldogs' non-league, men's soccer match against
Bowling Green on Wednesday (Oct. 13). Five different players
scored and #9 Butler rolled to its school-record 11th consecutive
victory with a 5-0 decision over the visiting Falcons.
The five goals matched a season-high for the Bulldogs, who defeated Houston Baptist, 5-1, in the first round of the Kentucky Wildcat Invitational earlier this fall. More important to the Butler coach was who was scoring the goals.
"We haven't had a forward score a goal in a month and to have all of them score today was great, especially from a confidence standpoint," said Findley after the win. "You know attacking players have to feel like they can score in any game and can beat anyone, and once they score a goal, they seem to come pretty fast. So hopefully we'll continue in that manner."
The goals came pretty fast in the first half. Just over 16 minutes into the match, freshman forward Austin Oldham took a pass from freshman forward Adekunle Oluyedun and fired a shot from directly in front of the goal to the lower right corner. It was his second goal of the season and his first game-winner.
Sophomore forward Julian Cardona made it 2-0 just over four minutes later on a play that started with a pass up-field from defender Matt Hedges to senior Kyle Pateros. Cardona took a pass from Pateros in front of the goal and slipped a shot past Bowling Green goalkeeper Miguel Rosales for his third goal of the season.
Less than six minutes later, senior Ben Sippola gave the Bulldogs a commanding lead with his team-high seventh goal of the season. Senior Brett Heinz crossed the ball in front of the goal, and Sippola finished the play with a shot to the middle of the net.
The Bulldogs added two more goals in the second half, and sophomore forward Tyler Pollock was involved in both. Pollock notched his first goal of the season with a shot from 10 yards out at 55:05. He then gave a centering pass to freshman Adam Glanzer, who picked up his first career goal from 10 yards out at 71:24.
Sophomore Jon Dawson was given his first career start in goal for the Bulldogs, and he recorded four saves, while picking up the shutout. The Butler goalkeeper stopped two shots on goal in each half.
"We knew John's been doing a great job and we're not surprised we got the shutout," noted Findley. "John's a very, very good goalkeeper and our future looks bright in that position."
The Bulldogs finished with a 17-9 advantage in shots in the match and a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. Oldham and Pollock paced Butler with three shots apiece.
Butler will return to Horizon League play with a match at Wright State on Saturday, Oct. 16. That contest in Dayton, Ohio, at will start at 7 p.m.