Butler Tops Valparaiso in OT
Sophomore Kyle Pateros found the back of the net in the 84th minute to send the Bulldogs into overtime and to a come from behind win over the Crusaders from Valparaiso on Friday in Indianapolis.
The win takes Butler to a 7-1-2 record overall and 2-0-1 in the Horizon League, while the Crusaders drop to 4-5-2 overall and 0-2-1 in conference play.
Valparaiso struck first in the 82nd minute off a shot by Oscar Lomeli from 6 yards out.
Until that point, Butler coach Kelly Findley described the game as, "An afternoon game, when guys have class and midterms are coming up".
Butler was able to come back with a goal of their own just 2 minutes later from Pateros off a corner kick from Senior Eduardo Garcia. Garcia now stands at a team leading 8 assists on the season. The Bulldogs and Crusaders would battle to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation and send the game into overtime.
Both teams came out strong at the start of the first overtime period but Valparaiso could not shut down Butler Senior Frank Patano. In the 97th minute Garcia sent a cross from the left side to Patano who touched it passed the Crusader goalkeeper to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 victory in overtime.
"To win when you don't play well is a great thing," stated Coach Findley.
The Bulldogs will face Indiana University on Thursday, October 7 at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis before hosting UIC and IUPUI at home next weekend.