Butler scored four times in the first half and then held off a comeback attempt by host Milwaukee to pick up a 4-3 Horizon League victory at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee, Wis., on Sunday (Sept. 28). The victory lifted the Bulldogs to 6-1-2 on the season and 1-0-1 in league play.
The Bulldogs had their biggest offensive output of the season, all in the first 45 minutes of the contest! Butler posted season-highs for goals (4), assists (6) and points (14). Coach Kelly Findley's squad finished with 21 total shots, one shy of Butler's season-high, and matched its season-best for shots on goal (11).
Sophomore Kyle Pateros sparked the offensive explosion with two goals in the first ten minutes of the contest. He gave the Bulldogs the lead less than three minutes into the match with his third goal of the season on a play that saw senior Eduardo Garcia and junior Boris Gatzky each record an assist.
Less than six minutes later, the same trio teamed again to give Butler a 2-0 advantage, with Pateros notching his sixth career goal.
Milwaukee (3-3-3, 0-1-1 HL) tied the match with two goals in a 14-minute stretch midway through the first half, but senior scoring leader Frank Patano gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 32:54 with his eighth goal of the season. Garcia recorded his third assist of the match on the score, equaling the second-highest single match assist total in Butler men's soccer history!
Freshman Matt Hedges made it 4-2 with his second career goal at 42:04. Sophomore Jacob Capito recorded an assist on the goal. The second half was played to a stalemate until the final four minutes, when Milwaukee's Ross Van Osdol deflected a shot past Butler goalkeeper Nick Hegeman for the final tally. The Panthers had two shots on goal in the final three minutes of the match, but Hegeman stopped both.
The Bulldogs out-shot Milwaukee 11-5 in the first half and 10-7 in the final period. Patano led that assault with seven total shots and two shots on goal. Gatzky and Pateros each had three shots on goal. Eight different Butler players had at least one shot in the match.
Hegeman finished with four saves in the contest and picked up his fourth win of the season.
The Bulldogs, who finished a stretch of six consecutive matches away from home with a 3-1-2 record, will return home to host Horizon League foe Valparaiso on Friday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m.