PK Sends #12 Bulldogs Past UIC
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Ben Sippola buried a penalty kick in overtime to lead the No. 12 Butler men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over UIC. The Bulldogs remain the lone undefeated, untied team in NCAA Division I.
The penalty kick was set up when the Bulldogs made a defensive stop and countered with a 3-on-1 breakaway. Sippola had the ball in the center and fed left to freshman Austin Oldham, who maneuvered into the box. He was taken down by a UIC defender, setting up the PK for Butler. Sippola's shot deflected off Flames goalkeeper Steve Purdy and rolled into the net for the game-winner.
The goal was Sippola's team-leading sixth of the season.
"There was no question it was a penalty, we put ourselves in a good position and made the play," head coach Kelly Findley said. "I'm really happy for our seniors. They all stepped up. Ben making the shot, Brett Heinz making a great, game-saving tackle and Conner Burt was making plays."
The Bulldogs (10-0-0, 4-0 HL) controlled most of the ball, owning a sizable 19-4 advantage in shots. BU put 10 shots on goal to just two for UIC. Purdy was busy all day, making eight saves.
"We probably controlled play. But UIC is always a tough opponent, as is every team in the Horizon League. There are quality players at every spot on the field."
Butler took a 1-0 lead at 11:48 when sophomore Jordan Burt fired a rocket from about 30 yards out into the upper left 90. It was his first goal of the season.
The Flames (3-7-0, 1-3 HL) answered in the 40th minute when Derek Huffman scored from the left side, about 10 yards out.
Sippola had a match-high four shots, two shots on goal. Senior Kyle Pateros and freshman Ade Oluyedun each had three shots. Fabian Knopfler played all 99:27 in goal, making one save.
Butler, which has been climbing in the national rankings all season, will host Bowling Green Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.