Bulldogs, IUPUI Settle For 2-2 Tie

Bulldogs, IUPUI Settle For 2-2 Tie
Austin Oldham (left) and Jeff Adkins (Photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler saw a 2-0 lead slip away in the second half and then battled through two overtime periods before settling for a 2-2 tie in a non-conference match at IUPUI on Tuesday, Sept. 3.  The deadlock left the Bulldogs with a 1-0-1 record on the young season.

Senior Austin Oldham gave Butler an early advantage with a well directed header from ten yards out.  The shot off a centering pass from sophomore Jeff Adkins nestled into the upper left corner of the net just under 11 minutes into the opening period.  It was Oldham's first goal of the year.

That initial strike proved to be the only score of the first half, but the Bulldogs stretched the margin just over nine minutes into the second half.  This time it was Adkins taking a centering pass from freshman David Goldsmith and rolling a shot past IUPUI goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes for his second goal of the season.

But the host Jaguars (0-0-2) weren't about to disappoint the crowd of 1,412 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.  Lance Davis got things started for the home squad with a blast from 25 yards out that found the back of the net at 59:16.  Then Jonny Williams raced up the left sideline, took a long pass from Cristian Soto and lifted a shot over Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson to tie the match at 80:16.

Both teams had a golden opportunity in the final 10 minutes, but each came up short.  Butler had a 7-4 advantage in shots in the two overtime periods and each team had one shot on goal.

The Bulldogs finished with 27 total shots in the 110 minutes of action, while IUPUI launched 19 attempts.  Each squad had six shots on goal.  Dawson went the distance in net and finished with four saves.

Butler will continue its brief road stretch with a trip to #7 Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 7.  The match at Cardinal Park is slated for a 7 p.m. (ET) start.