Sept. 1, 2002
Butler's men's soccer team turned a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort into a 3-0 upset of No. 7-ranked Rutgers in the second round of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic hosted by Indiana University on Saturday, Aug. 31. The win at Bill Armstrong Stadium snapped Butler's seven-match losing streak in the Indiana tournament and boosted the Bulldogs to 1-1 on the season.
The Bulldogs, who fell to No. 9-ranked Clemson, 3-0, in the first round of the classic, came out strong and jumped in front on a goal by senior Michael Mariscalco at 14:32 of the first half. Mariscalco took a pass from teammate Nick Pantazi and slipped a shot past Rutgers' goalkeeper Ricky Zinter.
Junior Chance Ernst added to the Butler lead less than 12 minutes later with an unassisted goal and sophomore Andrew Pancio closed the scoring at 29:19 with a shot off the post past a diving Zinter. Pantazi picked up his second assist of the game on Pancio's goal. Butler attempted 12 shots in the match, including eight in the first half.
The second half belonged to Butler's defense, which repeatedly turned away a charging Rutgers squad. The Scarlet Knights attempted 22 shots in the contest, including 13 in the final period, but the Bulldogs met every challenge. Junior goalkeeper Grant Barrie led Butler's effort with seven saves, while recording his eighth career shutout. The loss dropped Rutgers to 0-1-1 on the year.
Mariscalco, Pantazi and Barrie all were named to the all-tournament team. Clemson's Paul Souders was picked as the tournament's Offensive MVP, while Indiana's John Swann was named the meet's Defensive MVP. Pantazi received the Fair Play Award, chosen by the game officials.
Butler returns to action on Friday, Sept. 6, with a match at Furman. The Bulldogs will remain in Greenville, S.C., to face Kentucky on Sunday, Sept. 8.