September 20, 2007

Flyers Are Lifted Past Bulldogs With Goal In Final Minutes

Sept. 20, 2007

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In their first home game of the season, the Bulldogs looked poised for their fourth win of the year but a goal from Dayton in the final two minutes spoiled Butler's chances at Kuntz Stadium on Thursday night as Butler fell to 3-2.

"I just don't think we played a complete game," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "We made just enough mistakes to allow them back in it."

The loss dropped Butler's overall record to 3-2-2 and was without offensive threats Frank Patano and Eduardo Garcia.

The Bulldogs were able to get on the scoreboard first when Boris Gatzky scored his third goal of the year in the 12th minute when Kyle VondenBenken threw the ball in from the sideline.

After half was knotted up at one goal apiece, Butler responded with a goal from Kyle Pateros. Pateros' first Butler goal came shortly into the second half and was assisted by Connor Burt and Gatzky.

But the Bulldogs were unable to hold onto their lead, however, as Dayton netted two goals to come away with the victory.

"Sometimes the momentum swings in a game and we didn't do the job of keeping the momentum on our side and we let that come back against us," Findley said.

Dayton's momentum swing was in the form of 12 second half shots to Butler's three.

Butler hopes to right the ship in its first conference game of the season at Valparaiso on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

"We prepare just like we do any other game," Findley said. "You're only good as your next game, so from this point on we're looking forward to that and getting a result."