Butler Slips Past Evansville

EVANSVILLE, IND. -- Sophomore Austin Oldham scored Butler's first goal in four matches and it was enough to lift the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over Evansville in a non-league match played at Arad McCutchan Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 22) night.  The victory snapped a four-match winless streak for the Bulldogs.

Oldham broke Butler's scoreless drought just under 37 minutes into the match.  He and teammate Jordan Burt (below left) charged up the field on a two-on-one break, and Burt crossed the ball to Oldham, who beat Evansville goalkeeper Eric Teppen with a shot.  It was Oldham's team-high sixth goal of the season, and his second game-winner.

"It was a total team effort," head coach Paul Snape said of the game-winning play.  "JC (Aikenhead) made a nice play to get the ball and Brycen Howard made a deep, penetrating pass to Jordan, who finished with the cross to Austin."

The goal by Oldham was Butler's first since Oct. 1, when the Bulldogs defeated Horizon League foe Loyola, 3-1.  The scoring play also seemed to ignite the Bulldogs, who had been out-shot by Evansville, 8-4, in the first 35 minutes.

Butler (6-6-2) picked up its play on both ends of the field in the final 45 minutes.  The Bulldogs out-shot their host, 8-2, in the second half and surrendered just one shot on goal.  Butler finished the match with a 13-11 edge in shots and an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal.  

"We had four of five opportunities to put some more in the back of the net, but it was a combination of good goalkeeper play by them and us not finishing as well as we should that kept us from getting another," added Snape.  "But they had a couple of good opportunities, too, and I'm sure they're disappointed in not getting one in."

Burt, who turned in his "best overall performance of the season" according to Snape, led Butler's offensive attack with five shots, including three on goal, while Oldham and junior Justin Sass, who transferred to Butler from Evansville, each added a pair of shots.

Sophomore Jon Dawson went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs, and he recorded his third career shutout.  The Butler goalkeeper was a wall against the Aces (5-7-1) in the first half with five saves, and he finished the match with six stops, one off his career-high.  Dawson improved to 3-5-1 on the season.

"Jon's positioning was very good," stated Snape.  "He gave a very mature performance."

Butler returns home to host Horizon League foe Cleveland State on Wednesday, Oct. 26.  That match at the Butler Bowl will start at 7 p.m. (ET).