September 15, 2007

Bulldogs Handed First Loss of the Year

Sept. 14, 2007

Box Score

Northwestern used three second half goals to hand Butler its first loss of the young season, 3-0 on Friday, sending the Bulldogs' record to 2-1-2 overall.

Butler started it's third straight weekend of tournament competition by being shut out for the second time in five tries this season when it headed to DeKalb, Ill.

Northwestern, who reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship last season, was offensively propelled by three second half goals, the first of which came just three minutes into the second half.

The first half of play was a defensive struggle for both teams as each offense was only able to get three shots off. Neither goalie from either squad recorded a save in the first half as all six combined shots were not on goal.

The offensive drought ended quickly with Northwestern striker Matt Eliason netting a header past Fabian Knopfler in goal. Knopfler ended the game with five saves.

Butler's defense locked down for nearly 20 more minutes until the Wildcats were able to get two more goals within six seconds of each other just before the 66th minute.

Northwestern would go on to out shoot the Bulldogs 12-8 in the second half, with three of those shots coming from Boris Gatzky in the final six minutes of play. Gatzky led Butler with five shots in the contest, and two shots on goal.

It was the first time in the young season that Frank Patano, who leads the Horizon League in points and goals, did not record at least one shot in the match.

Butler finishes the Northern Illinois Tournament on Sunday when they take on host NIU at 2:30 p.m. CT.