September 23, 2004

Bulldogs Knock Off First Place Detroit, 2-1

Sept. 23, 2004

Box Score

Junior Scott Olsen scored twice in the second half to lead Butler to a 2-1 victory over league-leading Detroit in the Bulldogs' home-opener at Kuntz Stadium on Thursday night (Sept. 23). The win, Butler's fourth in a row, lifted the Bulldogs to 5-3-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the Horizon League, while Detroit fell to 3-3-0 on the year and 1-1-0 in league play.

Olsen rallied the shorthanded Bulldogs from a 1-0 halftime deficit. He tied the match at 48:16 after junior Tim Blake served a cross from the right side and junior Roberto Gallo deflected the pass off his shoulder to the far post. Olsen slipped a shot past Detroit goalkeeper Sasha Boskovic.

The game-winner came 27 minutes later when sophomore Matt Soldato flicked a short pass to Olsen, who blasted a shot from 25 yards out in the center of the field. The shot found the upper left-hand corner, past a diving Boskovic. It was Olsen's fifth goal of the season and his third game-winner this season!

"That was a big-time shot," said Butler head coach Joe Sochacki after the match. We had trouble getting into the game in the first half. We weren?t winning a lot of balls and Detroit played well. (Ablaye Camara) and (Andrew Ornoch) were a handful for our defenders."

"We started clicking in the second half. We did a better job of getting into (the Titans)."

The Bulldogs were without junior midfielder John Mariscalco, who was sitting out after receiving a red card in Butler's victory over IUPUI, and both Gallo and senior midfielder Andrew Pancio were slowed by stomach ailments.

Detroit grabbed the lead midway through the first half when Vahid Assadpour picked up a deflection off a Butler defender a fired a shot from 25 yards out past Butler goalkeeper Evan Reinhardt. The Titans had a 7-5 edge in shots in the first half and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Both teams finished the match with 11 shots, including eight shots on goal, and both squads had eight corner kicks for the contest. Reinhardt, who earned his fourth win of the season, had seven saves in the match, while Boskovic finished with six saves.

The Bulldogs will step out of league play for a match at Xavier on Sunday, Sept. 26. The contest is slated for 1 p.m. (EDT).