August 30, 2013

Bulldogs Win Season Opener

The Butler men's soccer team won the first match of their season 2-1 over the visiting Western Michigan Broncos. The match was played at 7 p.m. on August 30, 2013 at the Butler Bowl.

"Happy with the win, it was all about winning tonight's game," head coach Paul Snape said. 

Sophomore Jeff Adkins, the Bulldogs' leading scorer from a season ago, started the scoring off for Butler in the 21st minute with a strike from 40 yards away directly in front of the goal. Adkins tucked it in just out of reach of sophomore Chase Rau, the Bronco goalkeeper.

"Once the goal went in you saw the game start to elevate and I thought we finished the last 25 or 30 minutes of the first half very well," Snape said.

Junior Zach Steinberger scored Butler's second goal of the night off a penalty kick in the 24th minute and the Bulldogs went to the half with a 2-0 lead. Steinberger would later be assessed a red card, along with Western Michigan's Oliver Mayer, for a skirmish in front of the Butler goal in the second half. 

Bronco sophomore Connor Furgason scored Western Michigan's only goal of the night in the 66th minute. His shot came from directly in front of the goal off a corner kick from junior Jason Grant.

Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson was strong in net all night, finishing with seven saves in all 90 minutes of action. The senior picked up his first win of the young season.

Despite being out-shot by the Broncos 13-7 on the night, the Bulldog defense never broke and frustrated the Broncos all night. Western Michigan also held the advantage in corner kick opportunities 9-6. 

"I'm real proud of the boys for how they stayed in there, they could've folded," Snape said. "I'll take the win, we've got a lot to improve on and I like the attitude of the boys."

The Bulldogs next hit the pitch on September 3 at IUPUI. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.