Bulldogs Play Horizon League-Leaders To Scoreless Tie

Oct. 7, 2007

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After a disappointing loss to a previously winless team, the Bulldogs rebounded on Sunday afternoon at the Butler Bowl by playing Green Bay, the conference leader, to a scoreless tie, running Butler's record to 4-5-3 overall and 1-1-1 in Horizon League play.

"I think that when you have so much on the line in a college soccer game there's always going to be that commitment level of all the players," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "We came to battle today. I don't think we really played that well, but we battled. We also talked about how it's not O.K. to tie. We're out here to win."

Both teams had to make a commitment in a match that featured 25 total fouls in the first half in more than 90 degrees of heat at field level. Both teams fought through the summer-like temperatures to play to a double-overtime 0-0 tie.

Butler got a big commitment from goalie Nick Hegeman when he was informed that he would be making just his third start in two and a half seasons with Butler just minutes before the game. Fabian Knopfler, the team's usual starter in goal, was scratched from the line-up just minutes before the game due to a re-injured hand.

Hegeman, who hadn't started since 2005, picked up nine saves in the game and anchored a defense that kept the Phoenix scoreless through 110 minutes of play and 16 total shots. Hegeman has allowed one goal in his three starts for Butler.

"Nick's a great goalkeeper," Findley said. "You saw it today, he made some great saves. It was actually a pretty quick and easy decision to make. Hegeman was prepared today and he stepped in and did really well."

Eduardo Garcia led the Bulldogs with three shots on the day. Matt Sall and Michael Clayton both had two attempts at goals. Green Bay had five players with two or more shots in Sunday's match.

Butler travels to Chicago next weekend for a two-game conference trip. The Bulldogs will take on UIC Friday at 8 p.m. and Loyola on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.