Bulldogs Roll Past George Washington
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler turned in its second most prolific output of the season and rolled past visiting George Washington, 4-0, in a key Atlantic 10 Conference match at the Butler Bowl on Friday, Oct. 26. The win keeps the Bulldogs in the hunt for a berth in the A-10 Tournament.
Four different Butler players contributed to the potent attack, and head coach Paul Snape was able to 21 different players in the win. The final tally was just shy of Butler's season-high for goals set in a 6-0 victory over Richmond on Oct. 12 at the Butler Bowl.
"Tonight was a real good result. Anytime you get three points in the Atlantic 10, it's very important," said Snape after the match. "It's a very tough conference."
The Bulldogs (5-6-5, 3-3-1 A-10) entered the night in a three-way tie for sixth place in the A-10 standings, just one point ahead of three additional teams. The top eight teams in the 16-team league advance to the conference tournament, Nov. 8-11.
Junior Jordan Burt gave Butler the early advantage with his fourth goal of the season at 27:21. He caught a defelected shot off the foot of teammate Blake Leyden and knocked it in from eight yards out. That shot proved to be the game-winner.
Butler stretched the lead to 2-0 by halftime on a goal by senior Justin Sass. Freshman Jeff Adkins started the play with a corner kick that sophomore Zach Steinberger deflected to Sass. It was the first goal of the season for the Butler senior.
The Bulldogs added picked up second half goals from Steinberger, his fourth of the year, and Adkins, his fifth, before Snape cleared the bench with 28 minutes remaining.
"These boys are believing right now," Snape said of his team's performance. "Tonight they came out and did the right things, they defended really well, and they played some really nice soccer as well. It was some of the best soccer we've seen here in awhile."
Butler out-shot the visiting Colonials (5-11-0, 2-5-0 A-10), 20-5, in the match. Butler goalkeepers Jon Dawson and Andy Holte shared the shutout, Butler's fifth of the season. Dawson, who played just over 70 minutes in the match, finished with a pair of saves, while Holte picked up one.
The Bulldogs won't have much time to enjoy the big home win. Next up is a visit from No. 22 Charlotte, the 2011 College Cup runner-up, on Sunday, Oct. 28. That match at the Butler Bowl will be Butler's final home contest of the season. Prior to the 1 p.m. (ET) start, Butler will play tribute to its three senior players, Sass, Jared Isenthal and Tyler Pollock.