Bulldogs defeat James Madison, 3-0, In Season-Opener
Junior goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler opened the season with a shutout and three different players scored goals to lead Butler to a 3-0 victory over James Madison in the first round of the Courtyard By Marriott East Classic at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday (Aug. 30). The Bulldogs will complete play in the four-team tournament against Northeastern at noon on Monday (Sept. 1).
The Bulldogs grabbed an early lead when senior Frank Patano took a pass from sophomore Jacob Capito and slipped a shot past James Madison goalkeeper Ken Manahan at 14:17. It was Patano's 25th career goal, leaving him three shy of Scott Weiger (1990-93) in sixth place on Butler's all-time list for goals scored.
The first half ended with Butler leading, 1-0, but the Bulldogs added to their advantage less than nine minutes into the second period. Sophomore Connor Burt made it 2-0 with his fourth career goal at 53:28. Freshman Matt Hedges and sophomore Ben Sippola each picked up an assist on the score. Sophomore Kyle Pateros closed the scoring at 86:58 with his third career goal off a pass from junior Boris Gatzky.
The Bulldogs out-shot James Madison, 15-6, with 11 different players contributing to the assault. Both teams had six corner kicks.
Knopfler went the distance in goal for Butler and recorded his third career shutout. He finished with one save.
Host Louisville and Northeastern battled to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime in the second game of the tournament. Louisville will play James Madison on Monday.