Bulldogs Cruise To Exhibition Win

Bulldogs Cruise To Exhibition Win
David Goldsmith (Photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Freshman David Goldsmith scored two goals and added an assist in a 32-minute span in the first half to help lead Butler to a 4-0 victory over Eastern Illinois in a men's soccer exhibition match on Tuesday, Aug. 20.  The evening contest at the Butler Bowl was the Bulldogs first 2013 test.

Goldsmith, who hails from Bristol, England, made his Butler debut memorable.  He scored his first collegiate goal just under six minutes into the match and then added a second score just over seven minutes later.  The first-year forward added an assist on Butler's final goal with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening period.

The Bulldogs, who were sharp and crisp all night, jumped in front five-and-a-half minutes into the contest when sophomore Jeff Adkins took a pass from senior Blake Leyden and nailed a shot from 25 yards out on the left side.  That goal would prove to be the game-winner.

Goldsmith made it 2-0 twenty-five seconds later with a 10-yard shot from directly in front of the goal after taking a nifty pass from senior Austin Oldham.  The lead stretched to 3-0 on Goldsmith's shot from eight yards out, following a touch pass from junior Zach Steinberger.

Senior Jordan Burt closed out Butler's early onslaught when he took a cross from Goldsmith and nailed a shot from 10 yards out.

"We executed very well tonight," said Butler head coach Paul Snape.  "The defending was very sharp, our passing and movement especially after the first five minutes was very good, and the finishes were great."

The Bulldogs finished with a commanding 22-4 advantage in shots, including an 11-2 margin in shots on goal.  Senior Jon Dawson and Andy Holte split time in goal, each playing one half, and the two shared the shutout.  Holte recorded both of Butler's saves.

The Bulldogs will have a final exhibition contest at Michigan State on Saturday, Aug. 24, before opening the regular season at home against Western Michigan on Friday, Aug. 30