INDIANAPOLIS – Freshman David Goldsmith was the hero once again in Butler's 3-2 double-overtime comeback victory over Indiana Wednesday night. The game was played before a crowd of more than 5,000 at the Butler Bowl, a record crowd for Butler soccer.
"Phenomenal," head coach Paul Snape said. "We didn't give up. You looked at the clock and it's a testament to these guys. They're an amazing bunch of guys, quality soccer players."
The Bulldogs found themselves down 2-0 to the defending national champions with less than five minutes remaining in the game before senior Jordan Burt ignited the Bulldog rally. His first goal of the season from five yards out got Butler on the scoreboard in the 86th minute.
"The first one was tremendous. Jordan Burt is one the hardest working players in the country," Snape said. "He got us back in it."
Less than two minutes later Goldsmith found the back of the net off an assist from sophomore Vincent Mitchell for his sixth goal of the young season. The Bristol, England native headed the ball into the lower left of the goal.
"Goal scorers turn up in the big games and that's what he did tonight," Snape said of Goldsmith.
After an uneventful first overtime period, Butler came out attacking in the second overtime. Their persistence paid off in the 103rd minute when Goldsmith headed another directly into the goal from straight on, this time off an assist from sophomore Jeff Adkins.
"We knew we'd get a couple more chances and we just had to believe we could score," Goldsmith said.
Senior Jon Dawson fought through early adversity, he gave up two goals in the second half, to pick up his fifth win of the season. Dawson played all 103 minutes of the game and saved six shots.
The Hoosiers out-shot Butler 15-10 for the game. Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Michael Soderlund saved one shot and played all 103 minutes in the contest.
Butler improves to 6-1-1 on the season while Indiana falls to 3-4-1.
"Our guys always believe, they were absolutely phenomenal today," said Snape, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Wednesday. "The community of Indianapolis saw one heck of a soccer game."
The Bulldogs return to the turf at the Butler Bowl Saturday night for their first BIG EAST Conference game against Villanova. The game kicks at 7 p.m. Admission is free for Butler students with a student I.D.
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