Butler Falls To #24 Northwestern

Butler Falls To #24 Northwestern
Brandon Fricke (Photo by Brent Smith)

DeKALB, ILL. -- Two goals in the first 31 minutes of the match lifted No. 24 Northwestern to a 2-0 victory over Butler in the final round of the NIU adidas Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 15.  The win gave the nationally-ranked Wildcats the tournament crown.

Butler suffered its first setback in six 2013 outings, despite out-shooting Northwestern, 11-6.  The Bulldogs (4-1-1) had a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.  Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, finished the match with four saves and the Wildcats had one team save.

Chris Ritter notched the game-winner with a header from inside six yards at 10:27 of the opening period.  The Wildcats (4-1) padded their lead 20 minutes later on a goal by Nikko Boxall.

The Bulldogs launched a pair of shots on goal in the first half and then put three more on target in the final 45 minutes.  Sophomore Jeff Adkins led Butler with four total shots, including two shots on goal.  Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson, 3-1-1 on the season, finished with one save.

Butler, which opened the tournament with a victory over host Northern Illinois, wound up with three players on the All-Tournament Team - senior Jordan Burt, junior Brandon Fricke and freshman Anthony Smith Jr.

The Bulldogs, coming off a stretch of four matches in nine days, will have the next week off, before returning to action against Brown at the Butler Bowl.  That match, which will start at 1 p.m., will be the first of three consecutive Butler home contests.