Bulldogs Blank Detroit, Clinch League Title
DETROIT - The Butler men's soccer team, ranked No. 8 in the nation, defeated Detroit, 2-0, Saturday to clinch the Horizon League's regular season title. The Bulldogs improved to 15-0-1 on the season and now have home field advantage in the league tournament.
Junior Matthew Hedges and freshman Adekunle Oluyedun each scored in the first half to put the match away. And with Cleveland State's victory over Akron, the Bulldogs are now with Louisville as the nation's lone unbeaten teams.
"We're happy for our seniors. Detroit is always a tough place to play," head coach Kelly Findley said. "The guys managed the wind and the physical play. I'm impressed with our team's ability to stay focused after winning at Indiana."
Hedges scored on a header in the 11th minute off a restart. Senior Ben Sippola found Hedges' head in traffic, giving the Dawgs a 1-0 lead. It was Hedges' fifth goal of the season.
In the 42nd minute, senior Kyle Pateros worked toward the flank and found Oluyedun. The speedy freshman buried the shot from the right side, also his fifth marker of the year.
Butler's stifling defense made the lead stand, as Detroit managed just one shot on goal. It was BU's eighth shutout of the season.
"We were composed defensively. Our back four did a great job," Findley said. "Jamie Vollmer got a start and did a great job. Everyone has been fantastic all year long."
Sippola led the attack with four shots, two on goal. Hedges also had two tries on goal. Each team totaled four corner kicks and Detroit was whistled for 22 fouls, to just 10 for BU.
The Bulldogs will try for an undefeated regular season when they host Cleveland State Friday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Butler Bowl. The match is in the morning because the Horizon League champion women's soccer team is hosting the semifinals at 1 p.m. and 3:30.