Bulldogs Fall To Central Arkansas
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler staged a furious second-half attack, but came up short and dropped a 2-1 decision to Central Arkansas at the Butler Bowl on Sunday, Sept. 9. It was the first loss for the Bulldogs in four outings this season.
The Bulldogs (1-1-2), who fell behind 2-0 in the first half, launched an all-out attack in the final 45 minutes. Butler out-shot the visitors, 13-1, after intermission, including a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal. But Central Arkansas goalkeeper Cody Gibson stopped five of the shots on goal and helped his team hang on for its fourth win in five matches.
"At halftime, the boys were obviously disappointed," said Butler head coach Paul Snape. "We pointed out some areas where we were failing. Our defending was bad and out ball possession wasn't too good. In the second half we said, we're going to stick to our game plan, we're going to defend better and we're going to take the fight to them."
The Bulldogs did just that, creating numerous scoring opportunities. But Central Arkansas held firm until the 71st minute. Butler defender Brandon Fricke caught the ball on the left side of the Bears' net and sent a crossing pass to teammate Adam Glanzer, who knocked a header past Gibson to the upper right corner of the net. It was Glanzer's first 2012 goal.
Butler continued to press the attack and launched six shots in the final 17 minutes, including three shots on goal. But the visitors escaped with the narrow victory.
Central Arkansas held the upper hand in the first half. Senior Ethan Miller scored the first goal of the match at 30:23 on a direct kick from 25 yards out that bounced in front of the goal and into the upper right corner.
The Bears made it 2-0 three minutes later when Miller served an up-field pass to teammate Zac Burns, who in turn centered the ball to forward Daniel Sampedro. The Central Arkansas sophomore beat Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson with a shot from six yards out.
"We showed that if we're not defending right, if we're too casual, we're going to get exposed," Snape said of Butler's first-half effort. "Central Arkansas came in today and took advantage of some bad defense."
Butler finished with an 18-9 advantage in shots. Both teams had seven shots on goal. Freshman Jeff Adkins paced the Bulldogs with five shots, including two shots on goal. Glanzer, who provided a second half spark for the Bulldogs, added four shots, incuding three shots on goal.
Dawson, who slipped to 1-1-2 on the season, went the distance in goal and finished with five saves.
The Bulldogs will return to action with a pair of tough matches at the Akron Tournament, Sept. 14-16. Butler will face NCAA Tournament team South Florida in the opening round of the tournament on Friday, Sept. 14.