Third-Ranked Indiana Defeats Butler, 2-0Sophomore Ned Grabavoy scored a goal 31 minutes into the first half to help lead #3-ranked Indiana to a 2-0 victory over Butler in a non-conference game at Kuntz Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 3. The win, Indiana's fifth in a row, boosted the Hoosiers to 7-1-2 on the year, while Butler fell to 3-7-1.
A crowd of 3,389, the largest of the season for the Bulldogs, watched the two teams battle to a scoreless tie through the first 30 minutes, despite an unrelenting attack by the Hoosiers. Grabavoy ended that deadlock at 31:22 by splitting two defenders and blasting a shot past Butler goalkeeper Grant Barrie from six yards out on the right side. It was the second goal of the season for Grabavoy.
Indiana out-shot the Bulldogs, 10-3, in the first 45 minutes, with Grabavoy leading the way with four attempts. Butler did have one solid scoring opportunity when senior Nick Pantazi crossed the ball to senior Michael Mariscalco in front of the net, but Mariscalco's attempted "bicycle kick" missed over the top of the goal.
Indiana added to its lead in the second half when senior forward Pat Noonan launched a shot into the left corner of the net from 15 yards away on the right side. Freshman Brian Plotkin served the ball to Noonan after taking a pass from senior Ryan Mack. Earlier in the half, Noonan had an apparent goal waved off when a foul was called on Butler.
The Bulldogs' best scoring opportunity in the second half came 14 minutes into the period when Pantazi slipped free on the left side of the net and fired a shot that missed high.
Indiana had 19 shots in the match, including five by Grabavoy. Barrie finished with a season-high ten saves in the contest. That number matched the eighth-highest single match total in Butler history. Mariscalco had four of Butler's seven shots on the night.