INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler men's soccer coaching staff challenged the team's forwards this week, asking for more scoring. The Bulldogs met the challenge, posting a 6-0 win over Richmond on Friday night.
"I got with our forwards and said 'You guys haven't scored enough.'," head coach Paul Snape said. "The forwards really got after it tonight, which was encouraging. I think they stepped it up tonight and hopefully will continue the rest of the season."
The Bulldog forward found the net five times, including two goals from junior Austin Oldham. Other forwards Max Odgaard, Blake Leyden and Tyler Pollock also scored in the blowout win. The six goals were the most for Butler since BU defeated IPFW 6-0 in 2006.
Oldham scored in the fifth minute and Odgaard followed suit in the 12th minute and Butler was up 2-0 quickly. That was the score at halftime, when Snape and his staff pushed the Bulldogs to keep attacking.
"We told the boys at halftime to be sharper and to move the ball with a little more purpose," Snape said. "I thought the boys did a good job in the second half. Overall, it was positive. We're happy and we need to take this confidence against VCU, who we know is a very good team."
A nice goal from the right wing by Leyden at 48:28 put Butler ahead 3-0 and the rout was on. Oldham scored again at 62:02, and with Butler leading 4-0, the Bulldogs started emptying their bench.
Pollock found the net with a behind-the-back shot in the 79th minute and freshman Ignacio Baeza rounded out the scoring at the 87:36 mark.
The Bulldogs (3-4-4, 1-2-0) had edges in shots (17-7) and shots on goal (4-2). Junior Jon Dawson had two saves, playing nearly 75 minutes in goal before being subbed out.
Butler hosts VCU, the other 2012 addition to the Atlantic 10 Conference, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Rams entered the weekend with a 6-1-3 overall record.