Bulldogs Tie No. 10 St. John’s At Akron Tournament
AKRON, OHIO -- For the second straight match, Butler played a nationally-ranked foe on even terms, and for the second consecutive contest the Bulldogs had to settle for a tie. Butler and No. 10 St. John's battled through two overtime periods before ending with a 1-1 draw in the final round of the Akron Tournament on Sunday (Sept. 16).
The Bulldogs (1-1-4), who posted a 2-2 tie against No. 11 South Florida in the first round of the tournament, grabbed the lead in the first half against St. John's on junior Adam Glanzer's second goal of the season. Glanzer took a pass from teammate Brandon Fricke and fired a shot that was stopped by St. John's goalkeeper Rafael Diaz.
But the Butler forward stayed with the play, picked up the rebound off of Diaz and knocked a second shot into the back of the net at 28:31.
The Bulldogs out-shot the unbeaten Red Storm (5-0-3), 8-5, in the opening period, and Diaz had to make four saves to keep Butler from an even bigger halftime margin. Butler had a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.
"I thought we dominated the first half. We created some great chances, and we were unlucky to not be up by a couple of goals," said Butler head coach Paul Snape. "In the second half St. John's came out an pressed us and they took away our game. We found ourselves more on the defensive against their relentless pressure."
St. John's showed how it earned its national ranking after intermission, launching 18 shots in the second half and two overtime periods. The Red Storm had six shots on goal in the final 65 minutes, including a penalty kick that was stopped by Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson.
The Red Storm tied the match at 74:35 when Daniel Herrera broke loose in the middle of the field and launched a shot from 26 yards out that found the upper right corner of the net. It was Herrera's second goal of the season.
Dawson came up with three saves in the two overtime periods to keep the Red Storm in check. Butler had an excellent scoring opportunity with five minutes remaining in the second overtime period, but Diaz stopped back-to-back shots by junior Austin Oldham and freshman Jeff Adkins.
Glanzer led Butler's attack with four shots, including two on goal, while Oldham added three shots, all on goal. Dawson matched his season-high with five saves in the match.
"The boys are disappointed that we didn't get a result this weekend, but there are a lot of positives to take from this tournament," added Snape. "We gained a lot of respect against two nationally-ranked teams, and we proved we can play with top opponents. There are things that we still have to improve upon, but there's a hunger among the players to get better."
Butler will host Evansville in a non-conference match on Wednesday, Sept. 19. That contest at the Butler Bowl will start at 7 p.m. (ET).