November 9, 2002

Butler Wins Shootout At Wright State

Nov. 9, 2002

Box Score

Senior Thulio Goncalves came up with the biggest kick of his Butler career and helped the Bulldogs advance to the semifinals of the Horizon League Men's Soccer Tournament with a 1-0 advantage in the second shootout round against Wright State on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Bulldogs will face #1 seed UW-Milwaukee in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

Goncalves slipped a shot past Wright State goalkeeper Jason Balach in the second shootout round to end a contest that was scoreless through two regulation periods and two overtime periods, and remained tied, 4-4, after the first shootout round. The decision left Butler with a 9-9-3 record, while Wright State ended its season with a 8-9-2 mark.

The first shootout period began with Butler's Nick Pantazi and Wright State's Bret Jones each successfully converting their attempt. Wright State's Ricky Strong followed with a successful attempt, and Butler's Andrew Pancio matched the effort.

The Raiders then took a 3-2 advantage when Lucas Brewer converted his shootout attempt, while Balach came up with a save on Butler's David Wyrick. Butler goalkeeper Grant Barrie then evened the score with a save against Wright State's Isa Ar-Razi, while Butler's Michael Mariscalco was successful on his attempt.

Wright State's Brent Alting made it 4-3 with a successful attempt, before Butler freshman John Mariscalco tied the shootout with a pressure-packed successful kick.

Barrie opened the door for the Bulldogs in the second shootout round with a save against Wright State's Jon McClain, and Goncalves slammed the door shut by beating Balach with his attempt.

Wright State had a 16-10 advantage in shots in the match, including a 14-8 edge in regulation play. Both teams attempt two shots in the overtime periods and Balach came up with a save in the second overtime period on the lone shot-on-goal. Barrie, who recorded his fifth shutout of the season, had six saves in the match, while Balach finished with four.

Butler's match against the top-ranked Panthers in the tournament semifinals is slated for 1:30 p.m. (CDT) at UW-Milwaukee's Engelmann Field.