Butler, UIC Play To Scoreless Tie
INDIANAPOLIS, IND, -- Butler turned in its best defensive effort of the season, but the Bulldogs couldn't come up with the go-ahead goal and had to settle for a 0-0 tie with UIC at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 8. The double-overtime draw left the Bulldogs at 5-4-2 on the season and 1-1-1 in the Horizon League.
The Bulldogs, playing their first night match at the Butler Bowl, stopped the Horizon League's leading scorer, UIC's Ivan Stanisavljevic, and blanked the league's top scoring team. It was the first time this season that UIC (6-2-3, 1-0-1 HL) was shutout.
"The kids did a great job defensively," said Butler head coach Paul Snape after his team's first shutout of the year. "We knew UIC had some tricky guys forward, and I thought we did a good job of limiting their chances. And Jon Dawson looked strong in goal tonight."
Dawson finished with three saves, while recording his second career shutout. Butler's defense did not allow a shot on goal after halftime.
The two teams played a nearly even match in the first 45 minutes, with both squads recording eight shots, three shots on goal and two corner kicks. Butler added two more shots on goal in the second overtime period and finished with an 18-14 advantage in total shots.
"On the attacking end, I thought we played soccer, moved it and created some opportunities," continued Snape. "I just thought we needed a little more creativity and a little more determination in the penalty box. I was expecting more from the attackers, but I have high standards for the guys."
Two of Butler's top three scorers on the season, sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun and freshman Zach Steinberger, were hampered in the match by injuries. Oluyedun sat out most of the first half and didn't return until overtime. Steinberger left the match in the second half.
Sophomore Austin Oldham led the Bulldogs with five shots, including one on goal, while juniors Blake Leyden and Tyler Pollock each added three shots. Pollock, Steinberger, sophomore Adam Glanzer and freshman Jesse Miser each had a shot on goal for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will face another big challenge on Wednesday, Oct. 12, when they host No. 10 Indiana. That non-league match at the Butler Bowl will start at 7 p.m. (ET).