September 10, 2007

Bulldogs Tie Appalachian State, 3-3 At WKU Tournament

Sept. 10, 2007

Box Score

Two second half goals were what kept the Butler men's soccer team from winning it's second straight tournament to start the season as they fell 3-3 to Appalachian State on Sunday at the WKU Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky.

"To be honest I think we could have scored five goals today," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "When you score three goals you should win a game. We showed our inexperience today in the last five minutes not being able to score a game winner."

The Bulldogs were the first team to score in a highly competetive, double-evertime match that saw seven yellow cards, a red card and 42 shots taken between Butler and Appalachian State. The tie put Butler's season record at 2-0-2.

"It was a very physical game," Findley said. "The effort was there we just didn't get the result we wanted."

Junior Frank Patano scored 12 minutes into the match with an assist from Eduardo Garcia. It was Patano's fourth goal of the season.

At the 35 minute mark Jacob Capito scored Butler's second goal of the match. The goal was assisted by Dustin Mares gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead that only lasted for 20 seconds as Appalachian State got its first goal of the match at the 36:13 mark.

Connor Burt tallied his first collegiate goal on his first collegiate shot to give Butler a 3-1 advantage. Burt's goal, early in the second half, came off an assist by junior Boris Gatzky.

The Bulldogs' lead stood until the final six minutes of the hard-fought match. Appalachian State scored twice in the final six minutes to knot the score and send the match into overtime. Neither team could find the back of the net in two extra sessions.

Appalachian State was awarded the tournament crown, based on a first round win over IUPUI. All remaining tournament matches ended in a tie.

Butler placed three players on the All-Tournament team, with Patano and Gatzky each earning the recognition for a second straight week. Burt also was named to the honor squad.

"I think everyone did great," Findley said. "We're only starting two juniors, everyone else is a freshman or sophomore. I think all of our guys performed really well. I couldn't be happier with the effort of the guys.

Butler will compete in its third consecutive tournament when it visits the Northern Illinois Invitational in DeKalb, Ill., Sept. 14 & 16.