September 26, 2007

Ranked Hoosiers Blank Butler 2-0

Sept. 26, 2007

Box Score

Butler's defense held the No. 19 ranked Hoosiers scoreless in the first half but let up two late goals in the second half to fall 2-0 to Indiana University Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind., dropping Butler's record to 4-3-2.

"We played well most of the game and had several full chances," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "Their goalkeeper made some big saves at key moments which made all of the difference."

The Bulldog defense, including Fabian Knopfler who recorded all three of his saves in the first half, didn't allow any Indiana goals even though Hoosier strikers recorded 11 total shots.

"We played well defensively," Findley said. "They are a very good team and we created both of their goals through not taking care of the ball in our back third."

But the Hoosiers held the home field advantage at Bill Armstrong Stadium, playing in front of more than 1,000 fans.

Indiana used that advantage to score their first goal at the 64:03 minute mark as Hoosier midfielder Billy Weaver connected with Lee Hagedorn for the first tally of the night.

Weaver set up another goal more than four minutes later when he hooked up with Eric Alexander for the second and final goal of the night.

On the night, Indiana out-shot Butler 16-9, with seven Bulldog attempts came in the second half of play. Each team had six corner kicks in the match.

Boris Gatzky and Ben Sippola each recorded two shots to lead the Butler offense, but both of Sippola's attempts were on goal.

"We just needed to finish our chances," Findley said. "The boys were sharp for the most part and I think we deserved at least one goal on the corner and their goalkeeper pulled two out of the top corners as well."

Wednesday's loss is just the third time this season the Butler offense has failed to score a goal. It is also just the third match scoring leader Frank Patano didn't attempt a shot, including one match Patano had to sit out due to red card suspension.

The Bulldogs will return home for a three game homestand starting Sunday at 4 p.m. when they take on Evansville at the Butler Bowl.