Nov. 9, 2002
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.