Sept. 20, 2004
Butler jumped to a 3-0 lead and then held off a furious comeback attempt to defeat previously unbeaten IUPUI, 3-2, in a non-league match at Kuntz Stadium on Monday, Sept. 20. It was the third straight win for the 4-3 Bulldogs, who played the final 55 minutes of the contest a man down. IUPUI fell to 5-1 with the setback.
Senior David Wyrick scored an unassisted goal less than 12 minutes into the match to give Butler an early 1-0 lead. It was his second goal of the season and the fifth of his career. The goal was the only score by either team in the first 45 minutes.
Butler had an 8-3 advantage in shots in the first half, despite playing the final 10 minutes shorthanded. Junior John Mariscalco was given a red card, following a free kick, at 34:57, and IUPUI played the rest of the contest with a one-man advantage.
The Bulldogs pulled away to a commanding 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Junior Roberto Gallo tallied on a header off a long free kick by sophomore Matt Soldato at 49:19, and senior Cory Edgington scored on a header off a centering cross from junior Scott Olsen at 60:43. It was Gallo's team-high third goal of the season, while Edgington scored for the second time this year.
IUPUI answered with two goals by Vangel Nacovski in the final 14 minutes of the match, but the Bulldogs held on for the one point decision.
"It was a courageous performance against a team that was playing very well," said Butler coach Joe Sochacki after the match. "Our guys gave a great effort and really battled in the second half to hang on. This was a good win for us with league play starting this week."
IUPUI out-shot the Bulldogs, 17-5, in the second half and finished with a 20-13 edge in shots for the game. The Jaguars also had a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. Butler goalkeeper Evan Reinhardt finished with four saves, and the Bulldogs picked up one team save.
Butler begins Horizon League play on Thursday, Sept. 23, with a match against Detroit at Kuntz Stadium. The league-opener is slated for 7 p.m.