Bulldogs Advance In Conference Tourney With Last Second Goal
Nov. 9, 2007
Dustin Mares scored the game-winning goal with only 25 seconds left in overtime at the Butler Bowl on Friday, propelling Butler to a 4-3 win over visiting Detroit in the first round of the Horizon League Championship.
Four different Bulldogs scored goals in Butler's first conference tourney win under Head Coach Kelly Findley.
Boris Gatzky was the first Bulldog to strike when he scored an unassisted goal off of a set piece that he sent into the top right corner from 20 yards out. Gatzky's sixth goal of the year knotted the score up at 1-1.
Shortly after Gatzky's goal, Christian King of Detroit got his second yellow card of the match and was ejected. The Titans would have to play a man down for the rest of the afternoon.
Frank Patano picked up his team-leading 15th goal of the year in the 38th minute when Gatzky got him the ball in the six-yard box for a header to beat the keeper. The score came three minutes after Detroit's second score, tying the game at two goals apiece.
Less than ten minutes into the second half of play, the third different Bulldog scored when Eduardo Garcia got the ball from Patano for his second score of the season. Butler went up 3-2 and was looking like a lock to move on to the next round.
But with less than five minutes to play, Detroit's leading scorer, Renato Susnja, scored his eighth goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.
After nine minutes of play in the first overtime, it looked as if the game was heading into a second extra period until Dustin Mares scored with only 25 seconds left in the extra frame.
David Giarratana moved the ball up field and found Patano near the goal but instead of going for the goal, Patano redirected the ball to Mares who kicked the game-winning goal through the Detroit goalkeeper's legs for the victory.
Fabian Knopfler was in goal for Butler, picking up three saves in his sixth win of the season in goal.
On the day, Butler out-shot Detroit 20-12 and held a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Butler will face the winner of Green Bay and Cleveland State on Sunday in the second round of the Horizon League Championship. If Cleveland State wins, Butler will host the match but if Green Bay wins, the Bulldogs will travel to Wisconsin on Sunday.