October 9, 2013

Bulldogs Fall In Double Overtime

MILWAUKEE, WIS. -- Forward C. Nortey scored a golden goal in the 106th minute to lift host Marquette to a 3-2 victory over Butler in a BIG EAST match on Wednesday (Oct. 9).  The setback at Valley Fields was Butler's first in three conference matches.

Nortey's game-winner came from about 18 yards out on the left side of the box.  He took a forward pass from Adam Lysak and fired a shot to upper portion of the net.  It was his sixth goal of the season, and his third game-winner.

The dramatic final shot rescued the Golden Eagles (7-3-1, 3-0-0 BIG EAST), who lost a 2-1 lead in the closing minutes of the contest.  Butler's Vincent Mitchell gathered a rebound off a shot by freshman A. R. Smith and planted it in the back of the net with just four-and-a-half minutes remaining to tie the match at 2-2.

Mitchell's first goal of the season ultimately sent the match into a first overtime period, where the two unbeaten BIG EAST teams battled to a draw.  Marquette had two shots on goal in the second overtime period, with the second deciding the match.

The two teams battled to a scoreless deadlock in the first half, before the Bulldogs jumped in front early in the second period.  Team captain Zach Steinberger took a pass from sophomore Jeff Adkins and played a shot to the left corner of the net past goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, who was just named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week.  Steinberger's goal, his fifth of the season, came just 4:17 into the second half.

But the advantage didn't last long.

The Golden Eagles answered just 37 seconds later when 6-7 Axel Sjoberg took a serve from the right side and headed a shot past Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson.  The home team then went in front less than two minutes later when Eric Pothast scored off a corner kick by Paul Dillon.

Mitchell and Jordan Burt led the Bulldogs (8-3-1, 2-1 BIG EAST) with three shots apiece.  Marquette finished with a 21-11 advantage in shots for the match.  Dawson had six saves for Butler, while Lyon finished with two.

The Bulldogs continue a stretch of three consecutive BIG EAST road matches with a contest at Seton Hall on Saturday, Oct. 12.