Butler Blanks Brown Bears

Butler Blanks Brown Bears
David Goldsmith (Photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler men's soccer team improved to 5-1-1 on the season with a Sunday afternoon victory over Brown by a score of 3-0. The game was played at the Butler Bowl.

Freshman David Goldsmith scored Butler's first two goals of the game in the 18th and 52nd minutes, his fourth and fifth goals in the last two home games. Sophomore Vincent Mitchell assisted on the first goal and sophomore Zach Steinberger assisted on the second.

"He (Goldsmith) did his job very well today, outside the box and inside," head coach Paul Snape said. "That's why we brought him over here, to score goals."

 Junior Brandon Fricke scored the third Butler goal in the 64th minute off an assist from sophomore Jeff Adkins.

Butler's quick defense kept Brown frustrated all game and held the Bears to only seven shots. Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson picked up his fourth win of the season with three saves in 90 minutes of action.

"I thought we really knew our roles defensively and we were real solid," Snape said.

The Bulldogs finished with 11 shots and seven corner kick opportunities. Brown goalkeeper Josh Weiner saved five Butler shot attempts, but took his fourth loss of the season.

The Bulldogs return to the pitch Wednesday night at the Butler Bowl when they host defending national champion Indiana. The Hoosiers beat Butler 2-0 last season in Bloomington and 1-0 in 2011 in Indianapolis.

"We didn't want to look beyond this game today, but now we can prepare," Snape said. "They're so dangerous and very talented. I expect there to be a big crowd here and I expect quality soccer. We're going to try to do all things right so we can win the game."

The game kicks at 7:30 p.m. and is free for Butler students with a student I.D.

Matt Rhinesmith, Butler Student Assistant