#9 Butler Slips Past Wright State

#9 Butler Slips Past Wright State

DAYTON, OHIO -- Senior Jacob Capito scored a clutch goal with just over five minutes remaining in the match to lift #9 Butler to a 2-1 Horizon League victory over host Wright State in a match played at Alumni Field on Saturday (Oct. 16) evening.  The dramatic win kept Butler (12-0-0) as the nation’s only unbeaten, untied team.

Both teams battled to a scoreless deadlock through 77 minutes.  But the Bulldogs ended that tie at 77:15 on freshman Adam Glanzer’s second career goal.  Senior Conner Burt picked up an assist on the score.

Wright State (4-8-1, 0-4-1 HL) came right back to tie the game again on a goal by Justin Circle at 80:53.  And the Raiders appeared poised to take the lead when Carl Ebers fired a shot on goal minutes later, but goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler made the save for the Bulldogs.

That set the stage for Capito’s game-winner, the first of his Butler career.  It came off a corner kick by senior Ben Sippola and eluded Wright State goalkeeper Corey Whisenhunt with just 5:29 left in the match.  It was Capito’s second goal this season.

The Bulldogs held on through the final 5:29 and extended their school-record winning streak to 12 straight matches.  The win lifted league-leading Butler’s Horizon League record to 5-0.

Butler finished with an 11-8 advantage in shots in the match and a 5-3 edge in shots on goal.  Knopfler, who narrowly missed his sixth shutout of the season, finished with a pair of saves.

The Bulldogs will return home and step out of League play with a match against IUPUI on Wednesday, Oct. 20.  That match at the Butler Bowl will start at 4 p.m.