Bulldogs Tie Second Match At VCU Classic

Junior Austin Oldham helped spark the Bulldogs at the VCU Tournament.

RICHMOND, VA. -- Butler scored its first goal of the young season and contributed to the opponents' goal in a 1-1 tie against Bucknell in the final round of the VCU Nike Classic in Richmond, Va., on Sunday (Aug. 26).  The Bulldogs tied both matches in the season-opening, four-team tournament.

Freshman Jeff Adkins gave Butler a 1-0 lead just over 24 minutes into the match with his first collegiate goal.  The forward from Shelby Township, Mich., took a pass from teammate Austin Oldham while charging up the right side and beat Bucknell goalkeeper Mike Lansing with a shot to the lower left corner.

The Bulldogs maintained that advantage through the remainder of the first half and through the first 13 minutes of the final period.

But the Bison tied the match at 58:20 when a throw-in by Mayowa Alli deflected off a Butler defender and into the Bulldogs' goal.  The "own goal" proved to be the final score of the match.

The Bulldogs, who created numerous scoring opportunities in the match, had a pair of shots on goal in the final 13 minutes, but Lansing stopped both.  Oldham had the first at 77:44, while junior Justin Sass had the second at 78:25.  Lansing also stopped a header by Oldham in the first overtime period and a shot by Brycen Howard with under two minutes remaining in the second overtime session.

Butler finished with 19 shots in the match, including six shots on goal, while Bucknell had 14 shots, three of which were on net.  Adkins led the Bulldogs with four shots, while Oldham had a team-high two shots on goal.  Junior goalkeeper Jon Dawson went the distance in net for the Bulldogs and finished with two saves.

Host VCU wound up winning the four-team tournament with a 2-0 victory over William & Mary on Sunday evening, while Butler finished third.  The Bulldogs were represented on the All-Tournament Team by Oldham and Dawson.

The Bulldogs will return home to host IUPUI in a non-conference match on Tuesday, August 28.  The contest at the Butler Bowl is slated to start at 7 p.m.