Oct. 24, 2004
Butler celebrated "Senior Day" by launching a barrage of shots at visiting Cleveland State while picking up a 2-0 victory in a Horizon League match at Varsity Field on Sunday, Oct. 24. The win kept Butler perfect in league play with a 5-0 record and lifted the Bulldogs to 11-4-1 on the season, while Cleveland State fell to 5-9-2 on the year and 0-5-2 in league action.
The Bulldogs tied a school single match record by firing 37 shots at the Vikings. Butler out-shot the visitors, 20-0, in the first half and 17-3 in the second period. The 37 shots tied the Butler record set against Eastern Illinois in 1995! Butler's senior players contributed 24 of the 37 shots.
"I was concerned about this match because it was sandwiched between our match with Indiana and next week's match with UW-Milwaukee," said Butler head coach Joe Sochacki after the victory. "But we took care of business and that makes our final weekend one of the biggest we've had at Butler."
The Bulldogs will travel to Wisconsin to meet second place UW-Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 29, and UW-Green Bay on Sunday, Oct. 30. A pair of victories or a win and a tie would give Butler its first regular season league title since 1998.
Butler grabbed the lead against Cleveland State on an unassisted goal by junior Scott Olsen at 42:37. Olsen grabbed the ball inside the box and fired a shot from eight yards out on the left side past goalkeeper Amir Kettani. It was Olsen's team-high eighth goal of the season and his fifth game-winner of the year.
The Bulldogs added to their lead early in the second half on a goal by junior John Mariscalco. Senior Cory Edgington and sophomore Aaron Thompson picked up assists on the shot from seven yards away to the right hand corner.
Edgington tied the second-highest single match total for shots in Butler history with 11 attempts against the Vikings. He had six of Butler's 15 shots on goal, including a couple of acrobatic attempts that were stopped by Kettani. The Cleveland State goalkeeper turned in an impressive performance and finished with 13 saves in the match!
Butler senior Evan Reinhardt went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs and had three saves, while picking up his second shutout of the season.
Butler's seven senior players were honored before the match, and all seven played in the contest. Andrew Pancio followed Edgington with eight shots in the match, while David Wyrick added four. J. K. Thompson recorded his first shot of the season, while Mike Madaj and Steve Wojcicki each played in the victory.