November 6, 2004

Butler Holds Off Loyola, 1-0, In Horizon League Tournament

Nov. 6, 2004

Box Score

Scott Olsen scored the lone goal of the match late in the first half to lead #2 Butler to a 1-0 victory over #7 Loyola in the first round of the Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday (Nov. 6). The victory boosted Butler to 13-5-1 on the year and advanced the Bulldogs to a semifinals match against #3 Detroit in Milwaukee, Wis., on Friday, Nov. 12. Loyola ended its season at 3-14-1.

Olsen broke a scoreless deadlock at 14:34. He took a cross from junior Roberto Gallo and then blasted a shot from 12 yards out on the left side to the lower left corner of the net. It was his team-high ninth goal of the season, and it was his sixth game-winner.

"We found a way to win," said Butler head coach Joe Sochacki after the match. "It's tough the second time you play a team that you've beaten, and Loyola is better than their record indicates. We stopped attacking in the second half, but we held on."

The Ramblers, out-shot 10-4 in the first 45 minutes, became the aggressors in the second half. The Chicago squad pounded 11 shots at the Bulldogs, including three shots on goal. Butler managed just five shots in the final 45 minutes.

Butler goalkeeper Evan Reinhardt went the distance in the net and earned his third shutout of the season. He had three saves in the match, all in the final period. Tim Jenkerson had six saves for the Ramblers. Olsen led the Bulldogs with four shots, including three shots on goal, while Matt Marek had four shots for Loyola.

The win sends Butler into the Horizon League semifinals for the fourth straight year. The Bulldogs defeated Detroit, 3-2 in overtime, in the league semifinals a year ago.

"Detroit and Milwaukee might be the two hottest teams in the league right now," added Sochacki. "It was a tough match when we played Detroit earlier this year, and I expect the same kind of match next week."