Late Goal Lifts Butler At Saint Joseph’s

Freshman Jeff Adkins (photo by Brent Smith)

PHILADELPHIA, PA. -- Freshman Jeff Adkins scored the biggest goal of his young career with just under two minutes remaining to lift Butler to a 2-1 victory over Saint Joseph's at Finnesey Field on Sunday (Oct. 21).  The clutch goal gave Butler its second Atlantic 10 Conference win.

The Bulldogs (4-6-5, 2-3-1 A-10), coming off a 3-3 tie at Temple on Friday (Oct. 19), appeared headed for a second straight overtime match as the clock ticked down on a 1-1 deadlock.  But Adkins capped a sustained possession in the closing minutes with an unassisted game-winner, the fourth goal of his young career.

"Jeff (Adkins) played it and it came back to him about 22 yards out, and he just drove it into the back of the net," said Butler coach Paul Snape after the match.  "It was a fantastic goal.  In fact we had two fantastic goals today."

The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at halftime, despite a combined 21 shots, including 13 on goal, in the opening period.  Saint Joseph's launched 12 shots, including six shots on goal, while the Bulldogs countered with nine shots, including seven on goal.

Sophomore Zach Steinberger broke that tie just over 20 minutes into the second half.  He took a pass from Adkins and then fired a shot to the upper right corner to put the Bulldogs on top, 1-0.

But the Hawks struck back just under 12 minutes later on a goal by Tim Lazorko.

"Our guys hung together after (Saint Joseph's) tied the match.  No one folded.  We stayed focused and kept after them," noted Snape.

The Bulldogs out-shot Saint Joseph's in the final 45 minutes, 12-5. and finished with a 21-17 advantage in shots for the match.  Junior Adam Glanzer led the way with five shots, including three shots on goal, while Adkins and junior Austin Oldham each added four shots.  Adkins had three shots on goal, and Oldham had two.

Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson recorded six saves in the first half and finished with seven saves for the match, while picking up his fourth win of the season.

"This was one of my favorite wins, if not my favorite," added Snape.  "It was a tough environment against a strong opponent, and so many guys played well for us."

The Bulldogs will return to Indianapolis to play their final two home matches of the season.  Butler will host George Washington on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., before wrapping up the home slate against Charlotte on Sunday (Oct. 28) at 1 p.m.  Both matches will be played at the Butler Bowl.