Bulldogs Defeat Western Illinois at Dayton Tournament
DAYTON, OHIO -- Sophomore Adam Glanzer scored with less than nine minutes remaining and Butler held on to post a 3-2 victory over Western Illinois in the opening round of the Dayton Marriott Classic on Friday (Sept. 9). The win lifted the Bulldogs to 2-1-1 on the young season.
Butler had to come behind twice in the match, before settling the issue. Western Illinois (1-3-1) led 1-0 at halftime and 2-1 midway through the second half.
"We started off in total control for the first 15 minutes, but we lost our way and they took advantage," said Butler coach Paul Snape after picking up his second career win. "We made some adjustments at halftime and did a better job of attacking in the second half."
Daniel Lewis gave Western Illinois an early lead with an unassisted goal at 21:48 and that's the way things stood at halftime. Butler countered at 53:42 when Brandon Fricke cleaned up goalkeeper Andy Ryan's deflection of freshman Zach Steinberger's cross to tie the game.
Lewis added his third goal of the season eight minutes later, but the Bulldogs continued to press the attack and knotted the score at 2-2 on Austin Oldham's shot from the penalty hash. Steinberger also set the stage for that goal with a short pass to Oldham.
"He's a very, very fine player," Snape said of Steinberger. "He's a team player and he has a great understanding of the game. He took hold of the game tonight."
The game-winner came three minutes later on a pass from Oldham to Glanzer, who finished the play with a shot to the right side of the net. It was Glanzer's second goal of the season, and Butler's first lead of the night.
"We've shown that we can score some goals. I think it's going to be hard to shut us out," noted Snape of his young team. "We need to be tougher defensively, but I'm confident that we'll continue to improve."
Both teams had nine shots in the match and four shots on goal. The Leathernecks had an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Freshman Andy Holte, getting his third straight start in goal, finished with two saves, while improving to 2-0-1 on the season.
Butler will conclude play in the Marriott Classic on Sunday (Sept. 11) at noon with a match against Houston Baptist.