Bulldogs Fall To Evansville In Overtime, 3-2
Sept. 29, 2002
Chris Binder's second goal of the game with less than three minutes remaining in the second overtime period lifted visiting Evansville to a 3-2, non-conference victory over Butler at Varsity Field on Sunday, Sept. 29. The dramatic win boosted Evansville to 5-2-2 on the year, while Butler fell to 3-6-1.
Binder nailed the game-winner at 107:53. He caught the ball on the right side of the goal off a deflection and blasted a shot from 15 yards out past Butler's diving goalkeeper Grant Barrie. The decisive shot ended Evansville's fifth overtime game in the past six outings.
Butler grabbed an early lead in the contest when senior Nick Pantazi took a long pass from teammate Patrick Reilly and then beat Evansville goalkeeper Bryan Ross with a shot to the left corner. Ross had just entered the game for injured starter Ed Moore. The goal at 7:53 was Pantazi's fifth of the season.
The Aces tied the game shortly before halftime on a goal by Marc Burch, who took a pass from Lance Muckey and knocked a straight-on shot by Barrie. The game remained tied until 78:32, when Binder scored his first goal of the season off the deflection of a shot that Barrie had saved.
Pantazi sent the game into overtime with his second goal of the match and his sixth of the season with 2:38 left on the clock. The Butler forward took a pass from freshman Harold Spooner and then knocked a shot past Ross from 10 yards away.
Evansville out-shot the Bulldogs in the first overtime period, 3-1, while both teams attempted two shots in the second overtime period. The Aces had a 20-18 advantage in shots for the match. Ross, who played all but seven minutes of the contest, picked up his first collegiate victory. He had five of Evansville's six saves in the game. Barrie, who went the distance for the Bulldogs, finished with five saves.
The Bulldogs continue their homestand on Thursday, Oct. 3, with a 7:30 p.m., match at Kuntz Stadium against nationally-ranked Indiana.