Butler and DePaul battled for 110 minutes and had to settle for a 0-0 tie in a non-league match played at soggy Wish Field in Chicago on Sunday (Sept. 14). It was the first time the Bulldogs were held scoreless this season, and it was Butler's first tie of 2008.
Heavy rains that plagued the Chicago area slowed both teams. The Bulldogs (3-1-1) managed just six shots in regulation play and just one shot in overtime. DePaul (1-2-2) had seven shots in the first two periods and three more in the two overtime sessions.
Butler had two solid scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes of play, but both were cleared by DePaul's defense. The Bulldogs' lone shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes was a header by junior Boris Gatzky that was deflected by a DePaul defender.
In the second half, senior Frank Patano had a shot on goal that was saved by DePaul goalkeeper Brian Visser. Patano also had a header sail over the crossbar, and senior Eduardo Garcia had a diving header that went wide of the left post in the second overtime period.
Junior Nick Hegeman, getting his second start of the season in goal, helped keep the Blue Demons off the scoreboard with five saves. Hegeman turned away two shots on goal in the first half and one each in the second half and two overtime periods. The shutout was Hegeman's second this season and the third of his Butler career.
Butler will return to action at the Dayton Tournament. The Bulldogs will play Robert Morris on Friday, Sept. 19, and then take on Marshall on Sunday, Sept. 21.