Butler Defeats IPFW, 3-1
FORT WAYNE, IND. -- Butler scored twice in the final 16 minutes and pulled out a 3-1 victory over host IPFW in a non-league men's soccer match at Hefner Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The victory lifted the Bulldogs to 4-2-1 on the season.
Sophomore Adam Glanzer beat IPFW goalkeeper Ryan Bristol with a shot to the far post at 74:03 to snap a 1-1 deadlock. It was Glanzer's third goal of the season and his second game-winner. Junior Blake Leyden picked up an assist on the goal.
"Blake served the ball from the wing and Adam made a timed run and played a volley off his chest. It was a first class, clinical finish," Butler head coach Paul Snape said of Glanzer's game-winner.
Just over eight minutes later, sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun took a pass in the box from teammate Austin Oldham and flipped a shot over Bristol from six yards out. Oluyedun's second goal of the season provided the final margin for the Bulldogs.
The strong finish lifted the Bulldogs, who found themselves in an even battle with the 3-6-1 Mastodons. Both teams had six shots in the first half and IPFW had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. Each team had two shots on goal.
Butler grabbed the lead at 26:23 on a header by junior Justin Sass, who finished a play that started with passes from Zach Steinberger and Brandon Fricke. It was the first Butler goal for Sass, who transferred from Evansville this year. But IPFW answered almost immediately on an unassisted goal by Colin Helmrich, and the score remained tied at halftime.
"To be honest, I was disappointed with our play in the first half," noted Snape. "We were too spread out on defense, and we were not seeing the simple options on offense. We made a few adjustments, and we looked like a completely different team in the second half. We created chances, moved the ball and looked very impressive."
The Bulldogs out-shot IPFW, 8-2, and had a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks in the final 45 minutes.
Sophomore Jon Dawson went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs to pick up the win. He had one save in the match and improved to 2-2 on the season.
Butler will begin Horizon League play at home on Saturday, Sept. 24, against Milwaukee. The match at the Butler Bowl is slated to start at 5 p.m. (ET).