Eastern Illinois Defeats Butler, 3-1
Sept. 24, 2003
Eastern Illinois took advantage of a strong southerly wind to score a pair of goals in the second half and defeat host Butler, 3-1, in a non-league men's soccer match at Varsity Field on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The win boosted EIU to 5-3-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs fell to 3-3-1.
The Panthers took command just six minutes into the contest when Jeff Stewardson tipped a shot past Butler goalkeeper Evan Reinhardt. Stewardson, charging up the right side, deflected a cross from Chad Dumonceaux into the back right corner of the net.
That early lead stood for more than 30 minutes, before Butler answered on a header from junior Cory Edgington off of a direct kick from sophomore Scott Olsen. It was Edgington's second goal of the season and gave the Bulldogs a 1-1 tie at halftime.
The Bulldogs, playing with the wind in the first half, attempted 12 shots in the first 45 minutes, including five shots on goal. Eastern Illinois goalkeeper Casey DeCaluwe turned away four of the scoring attempts.
The Panthers took the lead for good at 59:42, when Jimmy Klatter caught a rebound off a diving save by Reinhardt and deposited it into the back of the net. Abraham Martinez took the initial shot on the play. Martiniez came back 22 minutes later to score the final goal on a head off of a direct kick by Kurt Krupa.
Butler out-shot the Panthers, 16-11, though both teams had seven shots on goal. DeCaluwe, who improved to 5-3-1 on the year, finished with six saves, while Reinhardt, who fell to 3-2-1, wound up with four saves.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 26, at Western Kentucky. The 7 p.m., match will start a two-game road trip for Butler.