Oct. 21, 2007
Three different players combined for five Butler goals on Sunday afternoon at the Butler Bowl, propelling the Bulldogs to their second straight Horizon League victory in a 5-1 win over Detroit. Butler is now 3-2-2 in league matches and has a 6-6-4 mark overall.
"It feels great to score all these goals," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "The guys played well all the way around today. It was a great effort."
The game didn't get off to the best start for Butler as the Titans got an open net score less than nine minutes into the match.
But after Detroit made a goalie change in the middle of the game 10 minutes later, the Bulldogs responded by scoring two goals in two minutes after the change for Detroit.
The momentum stayed with Butler as Detroit received a red card ejection just seconds after, meaning the Titans would be a man down for the rest of the day.
After the half, Butler got it's third goal of the day from Patano when he had his header attempt saved by the Titan keeper but put the rebound into the net. The goal was Patano's team-leading ninth of the season.
Boris Gatzky struck again in the 74th minute when he created his fifth goal of the season off the dribble from 15 yards out. Gatzky then helped out just seconds later has he picked up an assist on Matt Sall's first Butler goal.
"The ball just fell for us today," Findley said. "We've been playing well lately, we've just had a bit of bad luck. That's the way it goes in soccer, it goes in streaks. Hopefully, we'll keep the streak going."
Butler out shot Detroit 22-4 on the day as the Titans only mustered one shot in the second half. Eduardo Garcia and Patano each had five shots for Butler.
The Bulldogs make the short trip to Kuntz Stadium on Wednesday for their final regular season away match against IUPUI at 7 p.m.
"We're just going to keep working hard and doing what we do," Findley said. "We need to play with composure, some passion and the commitment to defending and attacking and we'll be in good shape."