Butler Battles To 0-0 Draw At Green Bay
Butler unleased 17 shots, including eight shots on goal, but couldn't find the back of the net and had to settle for a 0-0 tie at Green Bay on Friday evening, Sept. 26. The match was the Horizon League opener for both teams.
The two teams battled to a standoff for 90 minutes of regulation play, with both squads having several scoring opportunities. Butler (5-1-2) had five shots on goal in the first two periods, while Green Bay (2-4-3) countered with three shots on goal. Butler senior Frank Patano had a shot on goal that was stopped by Green Bay goalkeeper Adam Stikl with just under eight minutes to play. Green Bay had a final shot at the win with 37 seconds left, but Butler goalkeeper Nick Hegeman stopped the attempt by Phoenix forward Tosaint Ricketts.
Butler turned up the heat in the two overtime periods, out-shooting Green Bay, 7-2, but Stikl stopped all three of the Bulldogs' shots on goal. Junior Boris Gatzky had Butler's final shot at the win with 45 seconds left in the second overtime period, but Stikl again turned it away.
Hegeman, who recorded his fourth shutout of the season, finished the match with three saves, while Stikl posted eight stops. Gatzky had four total shots, including a team-high three shots on goal, while senior Eduardo Garcia attempted four shots.
Butler's defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season, matching the eighth-highest single season total in Butler men's soccer history.
The Bulldogs will conclude their two-match trip to Wisconsin with a contest at Milwaukee on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. (CT).