September 4, 2011

Butler Finishes Second At Michigan Invitational

ROCHESTER, MICH. -- Butler rallied late to tie the match, but couldn't come up with a go-ahead goal in overtime and had to settle for a 1-1 tie against host Oakland in the final round of the Michigan Invitational on Sunday (Sept. 4).  The draw left Butler in second place in the tournament with a 1-0-1 record.

The match at the OU Soccer Field was scoreless through 80 minutes, before Oakland's Jeff Cheslik found the back of the net.  The Grizzlies' Jon Evans started the scoring play with a corner kick and when the ball bounced loose in front of the net, Cheslik cleaned it up at 80:02 for his second goal of the season.

But the Bulldogs bounced back seven minutes later when JC Aikenhead served a cross that Oakland goalkeeper Scott Messer deflected.  Butler's Adam Glanzer was in the right spot to gather the ball and fire a shot into the back of the net.

"We picked up the pace in the final 10 minutes and managed to get the equalizer," said Butler head coach Paul Snape.  "We took that momentum into the overtime period and had a couple of chances to win it, but couldn't come up with the game-winner.  Oakland came back in the second overtime, and both teams had a couple of chances to win."

Butler's final chance came with just over 30 seconds remaining when Blake Leyden sent a cross to teammate Adekunle Oluyedun, who attempted a header.  But the potential winner missed to the right.

Oakland had a 23-14 advantage in shots in the match, but the Bulldogs had a 4-2 edge in shots during the two overtime periods.  The Grizzlies had 10 shots on goal, while Butler managed eight.  The Bulldogs had the edge in corner kicks, 11-9.

Oluyedun led Butler's offensive attack with six shots, including three shots on goal, while Glanzer added three shots, all on goal.  Andy Holte, getting his second start in goal for the Bulldogs, finished with six saves and Butler was credited with three team saves.

Northern Illinois defeated Michigan in the final match of the tournament and claimed the team crown with a 2-0 record.  Oakland finished 0-1-1 and Michigan was 0-2 in the four-team meet.

"It was a positive weekend overall," added Snape of his first tournament as a head coach.  "We learned a lot about the team in both matches, and that will help us as we move forward."

Butler will continue its tournament run this week, when it heads to Dayton, Ohio, to compete in the four-team Dayton Invitational, which starts on Friday (Sept. 9).