Butler Drops League-Opener To Milwaukee
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Visiting Milwaukee used a couple of quick-strike goals and a late insurance score to defeat Butler, 3-1, in a match at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 24. It was the Horizon League opener for both teams.
James Ashcroft scored on a volley off a corner kick just three-and-a-half minutes into the contest to give the visiting Panthers an early lead. Three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Robert Refai broke a 1-1 deadlock and provided the eventual game-winner with his fourth goal of the season.
The two quick scores lifted Milwaukee to 4-4 on the season, and dropped the Bulldogs to 4-3-1. The setback also snapped Butler's 10-match Horizon League regular season unbeaten streak.
"(The Panthers) were a team that came in and worked to capitalize on their opportunities," Butler head coach Paul Snape said of the Panthers after the match. "It was a combination of a lack of focus on our part, and a lack of doing the basic things."
"We allowed a goal early on, but then got back in the game," continued Snape. "And then we came out flat again. We stopped doing the fundamentals, passing the ball and moving it. In fairness, Milwaukee deserved the victory today, but we were just poor at times with our defending and our ability to pass the ball."
The Bulldogs rebounded from Ashcroft's early goal and tied the match at 1-1 on a goal by freshman Zach Steinberger eight minutes before halftime. Sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun started the scoring play with a centering pass and Steinberger finished with a shot to the lower right corner. It was his first collegiate goal.
But the Panthers wasted little time in the second half re-gaining the lead. Milwaukee's Nick Langford added an insurance goal at 70:22 with a header off a cross from Gerardo Saavedra.
Milwaukee finished with a 13-7 advantage in shots and an 8-4 edge in shots on goal. Langford led the way with five shots and three shots on goal. Steinberger paced the Bulldogs with three shots, two of which were on goal.
Sophomore Jon Dawson went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs and finished with a career-best five saves.
The Bulldogs will have a week off before returning to Horizon League action at Loyola on Saturday, Oct. 1. That match at the Loyola Soccer Complex will start at 7 p.m. (CT).