Early Goal Sinks Bulldogs
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Visiting St. John's scored a goal just 34 seconds into the match and that shot wound up as the game-winner as the Red Storm held on for a 1-0 victory over Butler at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Oct. 26).
The Red Storm (8-6-2, 1-4-2 BIG EAST) stunned the home crowd before most of the fans had a chance to settle into their seats. Sean Sepe intercepted a clear attempt by the Bulldogs and fed it ahead to Marco Bordon, who broke free an fired a shot past Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson from 18 yards out. It was Bordon's first goal of the season.
"We didn't clear it right, and we got caught behind and they put it in the back of the net," said Butler head coach Paul Snape of the early goal.
"We knew that they were going to come out scrapping. (We're) really disappointed to give up something in the first minute."
The two teams played to a standoff for the remaining 89:26. St. John's finished with 14 shots, while the Bulldogs had nine. The Red Storm put seven shots on goal, while the Bulldogs managed just two, both by Vincent Mitchell.
"The boys played real hard. We just didn't have the quality in front of goal tonight," noted Snape.
Dawson settled in after the opening goal and wound up with six saves, including several of the spectacular variety. He took three shots a point-blank range and stopped all three.
The loss was Butler's third straight and dropped the Bulldogs to 9-6-1 on the year and 3-4 in the BIG EAST. Butler travels to Providence on Saturday, Nov. 2, before returning home to close the regular season against Xavier on Friday, Nov. 8.
"We made life a little difficult, but we still have our destiny in our hands," said Snape.