Indianapolis - "We played well, we played like League Champions today," Butler Coach Kelly Findley said of his Bulldogs after their 1-1 draw with Cleveland State on Sunday in Indianapolis.
The Bulldogs started off and finished the game strong, not hesitating to take advantage of every offensive chance. Senior Frank Patano found the back of the net in the 22nd minute, but the goal was called back after an offensive challenge with the Viking's goalkeeper. Not long after, Sophomores Ben Sippola and Matt Sall connected to find Patano again in front of the goal but the Cleveland State keeper came up with another diving save.
In the 64th minute Sippola passed the ball to Senior Eduardo Garcia, who fed the ball outside to Patano. Patano took a shot across the goal off the left post and in the goal for the 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs would hold the lead until the 80th minute.
Cleveland State found themselves with a free kick from about 18 yards out on the right side after a pass back from a Butler defender to goalkeeper Nick Hegeman. The indirect kick found its way to the inside side netting for the equalizer.
The Bulldogs had 27 shots in the match to the Vikings 13 and Hegeman had 4 saves.
Butler will now have some recovery time after playing 3 games and will have to wait on other Horizon League matches for their tournament match up.
Coach Findley said, "The opponent is important, but this time will give us a chance to improve on what we do as a team."