INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men's soccer team kicked off BIG EAST play with a 2-1 win over the visiting Villanova Wildcats Saturday night. Sophomore Zach Steinberger scored both Butler goals in the match.
"Just delighted to get our first victory in the BIG EAST," head coach Paul Snape said. "I thought we were awesome with our resiliency and perseverance tonight."
Steinberger's first goal came in the 20th minute off an assist from freshman David Goldsmith. Steinberger tucked it in the left side of the goal for his third score of the season.
"He was on fire tonight," Snape said of Steinberger. "The last couple games he's been playing really well. The good thing about us right now is we're scoring in different ways."
His second came off a corner kick from sophomore Jeff Adkins in the 72nd minute and broke a 1-1 deadlock. Steinberger headed the ball into the right side of the just out of the goalkeeper's reach.
Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson was strong in net once again for the Bulldogs. His sixth win of the season was accompanied by six saves in 90 minutes of action.
"I thought Jon was very strong tonight," Snape said. "It was comforting to know that Jon was on tonight and he helped our back line."
For the match, Butler out-shot the Wildcats 12-11 but Villanova held a decisive advantage in corner kick opportunities. They had 10 chances to Butler's five.
The win moved the Bulldogs to 7-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in BIG EAST play. The team hits the road this week for a non-conference match against Evansville on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Their next home match will be on October 5 against BIG EAST foe DePaul. The match will kick at 7 p.m.