Butler Defeats Central Florida At UCF Classic

Sept. 12, 2004

Senior goalkeeper Evan Reinhardt sparked a strong defensive performance that helped visiting Butler defeat Central Florida in the final round of the UCF/adidas Kickoff Classic at the UCF Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 12. The victory snapped Butler's two-match losing streak and lifted to the Bulldogs to 2-3 on the season, while Central Florida slipped to 0-3-1.

The final contest of the four-team tournament, the Butler-Central Florida match was delayed for more than an hour by heavy rains. Once play started, the two teams battled to a standoff for more than 40 minutes. Butler senior Cory Edgington finally broke the deadlock with his first 2004 goal at 40:47, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage at halftime.

The Bulldogs made it 2-0 at 76:11, when junior Scott Olsen served an indirect kick into the box and Edgington passed to junior Roberto Gallo, who converted his second goal of the season. That tally proved to be the difference, when the host Golden Knights finally scored on a penalty kick by Billy Judino with less than a minute to play.

Butler faced a strong second half attack by the Knights. The Knights out-shot Butler, 19-9, including a 15-5 advantage in second-half shots, and the hosts had a 9-4 edge in shots on goal. Reinhardt finished with a season-high eight saves, including six in the final period.

The Bulldogs finished the tournament with a 1-1 record. Marshall claimed the tournament crown with a pair of victories.