First Half Goal Lifts Butler Past Xavier
Senior Boris Gatzky tallied a goal just over 30
minutes into the match and Butler’s defense turned in another
stellar effort to lift the Bulldogs past visiting Xavier, 1-0, in a
non-league match at the Butler Bowl on Sunday (Sept. 6). The
victory boosted Butler to 2-0 on the young season.
Gatzky provided the game-winner at 31:02. He took a pass from freshman Jared Isenthal on the left side of the net and lofted a shot past Xavier goalkeeper Andre Bezerra from 10 yards out. The shot, which nestled into the upper right corner of the net, was Gatzky’s second goal in two matches.
The goal proved to be
enough for the Bulldogs, who recorded their second consecutive
The Musketeers (0-1), who had just one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes, picked up the attack in the second half. Two minutes into the final period Butler goalkeeper Nick Hegeman came up with a save on a point-blank shot from Xavier’s Daniel Sherry to keep the shutout intact.
Fourteen minutes later Xavier’s Brandon Bucher attempted a shot and Hegeman made a diving save. The ball deflected to the Musketeers’ Kennedy Nakwa, who was looking at an open goal. But junior Brett Heinz jumped in front and deflected the scoring attempt.
Gatzky had a couple of solid scoring opportunities in the final period, but Bezerra stopped both. Butler freshman Tyler Pollock also broke free on a one-on-one attack against Bezerra, but his shot attempt slipped wide to the right.
The Bulldogs finished with a 16-8 advantage in shots, including a 6-4 edge in shots on goals. Gatzky had a match-high five shots, including three shots on goal, while junior Jacob Capito added four shots, including two shots on goal.
Hegeman, who picked up his first win of the season, finished with three saves.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Friday, Sept. 11, at the South Carolina Tournament. Butler will face the host Gamecocks at 7 p.m. (ET).