Butler Advances In Diadora Challenge On Penalty Kicks

Aug. 29, 2003

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Butler men's soccer coach Joe Sochacki expected his defense to be strong, and the Bulldogs didn't let him down while battling #8 Creighton to a 0-0 tie in the opening round of the Diadora Challenge in Omaha, Neb., on Friday (Aug. 29). The Bulldogs advanced in the four-team tournament on penalty kicks and will face #2-ranked Maryland in the meet's final round.

The Bulldogs and host Creighton battled to a standoff for 110 minutes in front of a crowd of 3,483. It was the fourth-largest soccer crowd in Creighton history! The tournament advancement then was decided on a penalty kick "shootout," and Butler prevailed, 7-6.

Creighton had a decided shot advantage, 26-10, in the match, but the Bulldogs held on behind the defensive work of seniors Tony Beer and Ryan Marques, sophomore Brad Johns and freshman Aaron Thompson, plus a solid outing in the net from junior Evan Reinhardt. The second-year goalkeeper recorded seven saves in the contest.

Butler will meet second-ranked Maryland at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday (Aug. 31) for the tournament title. The Terrapins defeated Furman, 1-0, in the first match on Friday.