August 28, 2012

Butler Tops Crosstown Foe IUPUI, 2-0

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Sophomore Brandon Fricke broke a scoreless deadlock just under 55 minutes into the match and the Bulldogs added an insurance goal 20 minutes later to lift Butler to a 2-0 victory over IUPUI at the Butler Bowl on Tuesday (Aug. 28).  The victory kept the Bulldogs (1-0-2) unbeaten on the young season.

Fricke scored the game-winner at 54:37 off an indirect free kick.  He received a touch from teammate Zach Steinberger and then blasted a shot from 20 yards out past IUPUI goalkeeper Eduardo Cortes.  It was his first goal of the season and the second of his career.

The Bulldogs then made it 2-0 at 77:03 when senior Tyler Pollock took a long cross from freshman Jeff Adkins and found the back of the net from 15 yards out on the left side.  It was Pollock's first 2012 goal and his eighth career tally.

"We played some really nice soccer for quite a lot of the game," said Butler head coach Paul Snape, who picked up his first Butler Bowl win.  "Some areas we have to work on, but defensively, I'm really happy with the shutout.  Our boys remained focused and dealt with the set pieces which was a big threat from IUPUI.  And it's really nice to put two goals in the back of the net."

Butler out-shot the visiting Jaguars, 18-8, for the match, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal.  The Bulldogs finished the scoreless first half with 6-1 shot advantage and then added 12 more attempts in the final period.  Junior Austin Oldham had a team-high four shots, including two shots on goal, while Adkins added three shots.  Fricke finished with two shots, both on goal.

Butler junior Jon Dawson went the distance in goal for the third consecutive game, and he recorded his second shutout of the young season.  The 6-5 goaltender had three saves, all in the second half.  Dawson boosted his career shutout total to five.

The match between the crosstown foes featured a showdown between a pair of defenders from the same family.  Butler senior Justin Sass faced off against his brother, Michael, a 6-7 freshman at IUPUI, for the first time on a collegiate field.  Both players were in the starting lineup for their respective teams.

The Bulldogs will continue their current three-match homestand with a contest against Northern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 7.  That match at the Butler Bowl is slated for 7 p.m.