Oct. 7, 2007
After a disappointing loss to a previously winless team, the Bulldogs rebounded on Sunday afternoon at the Butler Bowl by playing Green Bay, the conference leader, to a scoreless tie, running Butler's record to 4-5-3 overall and 1-1-1 in Horizon League play.
"I think that when you have so much on the line in a college soccer game there's always going to be that commitment level of all the players," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "We came to battle today. I don't think we really played that well, but we battled. We also talked about how it's not O.K. to tie. We're out here to win."
Both teams had to make a commitment in a match that featured 25 total fouls in the first half in more than 90 degrees of heat at field level. Both teams fought through the summer-like temperatures to play to a double-overtime 0-0 tie.
Butler got a big commitment from goalie Nick Hegeman when he was informed that he would be making just his third start in two and a half seasons with Butler just minutes before the game. Fabian Knopfler, the team's usual starter in goal, was scratched from the line-up just minutes before the game due to a re-injured hand.
Hegeman, who hadn't started since 2005, picked up nine saves in the game and anchored a defense that kept the Phoenix scoreless through 110 minutes of play and 16 total shots. Hegeman has allowed one goal in his three starts for Butler.
"Nick's a great goalkeeper," Findley said. "You saw it today, he made some great saves. It was actually a pretty quick and easy decision to make. Hegeman was prepared today and he stepped in and did really well."
Butler travels to Chicago next weekend for a two-game conference trip. The Bulldogs will take on UIC Friday at 8 p.m. and Loyola on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.