Bulldogs Win At Detroit, 3-1
DETROIT, MICH. -- Sophomore Austin Oldham sparked a strong offensive start and Butler turned in a determined team defensive effort to close a 3-1 decision over Horizon League foe Detroit at Titan Field on Saturday, Oct. 29. The road victory lifted the Bulldogs to 7-7-2 overall and 2-3-1 in the Horizon League.
Oldham, Butler's leading scorer on the season, gave the Bulldogs the early advantage with his seventh goal of the season just under 13 minutes into the match. He was taking a free kick from the left side, and he curled a shot into the right corner of the net.
Less than seven minutes later, Oldham found freshman Chad Rigg open and served a pass to him on the left side of the goal. Rigg fired a shot from 15 yards out for his first collegiate goal and a 2-0 Butler lead.
"Austin put a great ball in for our first goal," said Butler head coach Paul Snape after the match. "And on the second, he served a delightful ball to Chad (Rigg), who made a good clean finish."
The first half ended with the Bulldogs on top, 2-0, on the scoreboard and down, 11-10, on the playing field. Redshirt-freshman Brandon Fricke was issued a red card with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening period, and the Bulldogs played the rest of the match one player short.
"We had to play the entire second half a man down, but the boys responded. It was a very disciplined effort, one of the best performances I've seen since I've been here," noted Snape.
Butler increased its lead to 3-0 at 77:21 on a goal from ten yards out by freshman Zach Steinberger. The first-year midfielder took a pass from senior JC Aikenhead and launched a shot to the top right corner for his third career goal.
Detroit (5-10-1, 1-5-1 HL) did pick up the pace on the attacking end in the final half and out-shot the Bulldogs, 8-2, over the final 45 minutes. But the Bulldogs held at the defensive end until the final five minutes of the contest, when Detroit ended the shutout on a penalty kick.
Sophomore Jon Dawson went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs and finished the match with six saves. He improved to 4-6-1 on the season.
"I was hoping to get the shutout, but I'm still happy with the outcome," added Snape. "I'm very, very pleased with the effort and performance of the boys today."
Butler will closed out the regular season with a pair of Horizon League matches in the upcoming week. The Bulldogs will visit Valparaiso on Wednesday, Nov. 5, for a 7 p.m. (CT) match, before returning home for a 5 p.m. (ET) match against Wright State on Saturday, Nov. 5.