Big Second Half Carries Butler At Loyola
CHICAGO, ILL. -- Butler unleashed a relentless attack in the final 45 minutes and pulled away to a 3-1 victory over Horizon League foe Loyola at the Loyola Soccer Park on Saturday night (Oct. 1). The victory evened Butler's league record at 1-1 on the young season.
The Bulldogs (4-3-1) scored all three goals in the second half to capture their first league win. Sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun tied the match at 1-1 five minutes into the second half, and junior Blake Leyden nailed the game-winner on a nifty corner kick at 63:10. Freshman Zach Steinberger added an insurance goal two minutes later.
"That was one of the best halves of the year," said Butler head coach Paul Snape after the win. "We were a little bit off in the first half, not bad but just a bit off. At halftime, we re-focused on the things we wanted to do and the boys came out put a great half together."
Loyola (1-7-1, 0-2 HL) grabbed the lead in the 23rd minute on a goal by James Howe and that's the way the first half ended. The Bulldogs had just three shots in the first 45 minutes, and none were on goal.
That quickly changed after halftime. Freshman Brycen Howard started the Bulldogs' initial scoring play with a sharp pass to sophomore Austin Oldham, who had a quick touch to Oluyedun. The Butler forward then found the back of the net from the upper left side of the box. It was his third goal of the season.
The Bulldogs continued to press the attack and eventually notched the go-ahead goal on Leyden's corner kick from the left side, which crossed the line. Leyden then found Steinberger off an indirect kick and the first-year midfielder beat goalkeeper Christian Krueger with a shot to the lower right corner.
Butler had 12 shots in the second half, and seven were on goal. Leyden led the way with four shots, including two shots on goal. The Bulldogs also had five of their six corner kicks in the final 45 minutes.
Freshman Andy Holte was given the start in goal for the Bulldogs, and he finished with one save. He improved to 3-0-1 on the year.
The Bulldogs will take a break from league play to take on IUPUI at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Oct. 4, before returning home to host Horizon League foe UIC on Saturday, Oct. 8. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.