Nov. 9, 2003
Junior David Wyrick scored his first goal of the season with 0:37 left in the first overtime period to give Butler a 2-1 victory over visiting Loyola in the first round of the Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship at Varsity Field on Sunday, Nov. 9. The victory lifted the #2-seeded Bulldogs to 11-6-3 on the season and sends Butler into a semifinals match against #3-seed Detroit. Loyola finished the season with a 7-9-2 mark.
Junior Andrew Pancio started the game-winning play with a pass to freshman Matt Soldato on the left side of the goal. Soldato served a cross to the right side, where Wyrick knocked a header into the lower right corner of the net. The dramatic goal ended the match just seconds before the end of the first overtime session.
Butler's Scott Olsen broke a 0-0 tie in the first half with a goal at 31:00. He took a pass from Wyrick and then beat Loyola goalkeeper Greg Stellatos with a shot from six yards out. It was Olsen's fourth goal of the season.
Loyola tied the match less than two minutes later when Blake Kluesner took a long pass from Dino Melitas and slipped a header past Butler goalkeeper Evan Reinhardt from 10 yards out.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie through the second half, though both had scoring opportunities. Reinhardt stopped a point-blank shot from Loyola's Bill Metzger at 82:15 and four minutes later Stellatos stopped an open shot from Pancio. Stellatos had four second-half saves and seven for the match. Reinhardt stopped two second half shots and finished with four saves in the contest.
Butler finished with 20 shots in the match, including four by junior Cory Edgington. The Ramblers had 11 shots.
The Bulldogs will play Detroit in one semifinal match at UW-Milwaukee on Friday, November 14. Top-seeded UW-Milwaukee will face #5-seed Wright State in the other semifinal. The tournament championship is slated for Sunday, November 16.