Second Half Sinks Bulldogs
INDIANAPOLIS, IND.. -- Sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun gave Butler a 1-0 lead less than seven minutes into the match, but it wasn't enough and the Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision to Horizon League foe Cleveland State at the Butler Bowl on Wednesday night, Oct. 26. It was the fourth straight Butler match decided by a single goal.
Cleveland State (7-8-1, 4-2-1 Horizon League), took command in the second half, after trailing 1-0 at halftime. The Vikings had 15 of their 17 shots after intermission and scored a pair of goals in a 12-minute stretch midway through the final period. Jordan Hart tied the match on a nifty one-on-one move and a shot to the lower left corner of the net, and Aaron Adkins provided the game-winner with a header off a corner kick by Brian Donnelly.
The Vikings had a 17-3 advantage in shots over the Bulldogs until the final five minutes of the contest.
"It was a very, very poor performance in the second half," said a disappointed Butler head coach Paul Snape after the match. "I told the boys that wasn't acceptable. We had a 1-nil lead, and we had the advantage, and in the second half we had some woeful passing and some sloppy defending as well."
The Bulldogs (6-7-2, 1-3-1 HL) came out strongly in the first half against the Vikings, who entered the match in third place in the Horizon League standings. Butler pressed the attack early in the match, and Oluyedun found the back of the net with a shot to the upper right corner of the net from 18 yards out after taking a crossing pass from freshman Zach Steinberger.
It was Oluyedun's fourth goal of the season and came on Butler's only shot of the first half. Unfortunately, the Butler forward's night was cut short moments later when he sustained an injury in front of the Cleveland State goal. He was helped from the field and did not return.
"Addy had to leave the field, which was challenging," said Snape. "We like to keep our best players on the field, and he scored a goal, so his confidence should have been high."
The Bulldogs did rally with six shots in the final five minutes, including three shots on goal. But Cleveland State goalkeeper Brad Stuver stopped all three, including a leaping stop on a shot by Jordan Burt.
Cleveland State wound up with a 17-8 advantage in shots and a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson, coming off a shutout performance at Evansville, finished with five saves.
The Bulldogs will continue their closing Horizon League stretch with a trip to Detroit for a match on Saturday, Oct. 29. The league match will start at 2 p.m. (ET).