Bulldogs Down Michigan, 2-1
ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- Before the first match of the Michigan Invitational on Friday (Sept. 2), first-year Butler head coach Paul Snape received a 2010 College Cup Final Four commemorative ring. After the the contest against his former Michigan team, Snape took home his first collegiate victory!
Sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun took a pass from teammate Brycen Howard in the box and fired a shot from 12 yards out past Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis midway through the second half. The goal, Oluyedun's first of the season, proved to be the game-winner, helping the Bulldogs to improve to 1-1 on the young season.
"This was a great win for our players. Michigan came out flying and we had to make some changes," said an elated Snape after the match. "I told the players at halftime that they have to believe in each other, and they came out and played a terrific half."
The win didn't come easy against a team that reached the College Cup Final Four last season. The Wolverines (0-3) put on a strong second half charge, including six shots on goal. The last came on a penalty kick with 0:11 left, but Butler goalkeeper Andy Holte, making his first collegiate start, came up with the stop and preserved the win.
"Andy pulled off a great thing," noted Snape. "Getting his first start in a really charged-up environment, he was terrific."
Holte was outstanding after intermission. He faced 13 total shots from the home squad, and he came up with saves on all six shots on goal. He had three saves in the final four minutes.
Michigan jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Fabio Pereira just under 26 minutes into the contest. That goal proved to be the lone score of the first 45 minutes. Butler had one shot on goal, an attempt by freshman Zach Steinberger, but Michigan game up with a team save.
The Bulldogs quickly tied the contest under a minute into the second half. Austin Oldham took a pass from Oluyedun and bounced his second goal of the season off the post. It was the lone shot attempt of the game for the Butler scoring leader.
Michigan had a sizeable advantage in shots, 22-9, in the match and a 7-4 edge in corner kicks. Steinberger, Oluyedun and Jared Isenthal led the Bulldogs with two shots apiece.
Prior to the contest, Michigan awarded Final Four rings to the members of last year's successful team. Snape, who was associate head coach, and Butler assistant Adam Bruh, who was a volunteer assistant coach for the Wolverines, both received rings during the ceremony.
Butler will try to capture the championship of the Michigan Invitational on Sunday with a match against Oakland, Snape's alma mater. The contest, which will be played at the OU Soccer Field, is slated to start at 1 p.m. ET.