Sept. 23, 2007
The Bulldogs got their coference schedule started on the right foot as they beat their newest conference foe Valparaiso University 4-1 on Sunday afternoon, running their season record to 4-2-2.
"It's a perfect start (to the conference season)," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "The league is a tough league with many good teams and any win is a great one. Valpo was very organized and committed to the cause so it was a great win."
After falling late to Dayton on Thursday night, Butler wasted no time in rebounding from the hard loss as Frank Patano scored his fifth goal of the season just 7:53 into the match. Sophomore Kyle VondenBenken picked up the assist on Patano's goal.
"It's always great to rebound and get a great result away from home especially to help us start the league 1-0," Findley said.
Patano had not seen game action in a week as he had to sit out Butler's game against Dayton on Thursday after being red-carded last weekend.
The all-Indiana Horizon League match-up remained scoreless for the rest of the first half as both teams were only able to attempt five total shots.
But the Bulldogs again didn't waste anytime finding the net in the second half when Connor Burt scored on a header just 43 seconds into the second period.
Butler's offense struck again when Michael Clayton scored his first goal of his Butler career 20 minutes later, giving Butler a 3-0 lead. Ben Sippola picked up his second assist of the season on the goal.
The final goal of the day came when Ian Sweeney scored his first goal of the year on a penalty kick with less than a minute to play on the day.
Fabian Knopfler recorded six more saves in the contest, running his season total to 39 as he has spent all but 10 minutes in goal for Butler this year.
On the day, Butler was out-shot 15-14 by VU but attempted seven corner kicks in the second period.
Next on Butler's plate will be soccer powerhouse Indiana University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
"We look at Indiana as one more game on our schedule and an opportunity to get a result just like we view all of our games," Findley said. "It's always a good environment there and I know our boys will be ready to play."