Oct. 11, 2002
Seniors Michael Mariscalco and Nick Pantazi each scored a pair of goals to help power Butler to a 6-1 Horizon League victory over visiting Detroit at Kuntz Stadium on Friday, Oct. 11, evening. The win lifted the Bulldogs to 5-7-2 on the year and 2-1 in league play, while Detroit fell to 9-3-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the conference.
Mariscalco broke a 1-1 halftime tie with his first goal of the contest, less than seven minutes into the second half. The Butler forward took a pass from teammate Thulio Goncalves and blasted a shot from 25 yards out past Detroit goalkeeper Matthew Strabbing. It was Mariscalco's fifth goal of the season and proved to be the game-winner.
"Mike's goal seemed to get us going. It gave him confidence and we picked up the pace as a team," said Butler head coach Joe Sochacki. "It was a good match for us, because we were able to get everyone in and give our starters some rest. The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together for us, and we're beginning to play the way we knew we could."
Mariscalco made it 3-1 at 63:07 on a penalty kick, after teammate Harold Spooner was tripped on a break-away. Pantazi then scored his second goal of the match on a penalty kick at 65:10 to boost Butler's lead to 4-1.
Butler's Scott Olsen scored his first goal of the season at 76:04, fielding a deflected ball at the left side of the goal and firing a shot into the right corner of the net. Junior Yohei Ohta tallied the Bulldogs' final goal at 81:01 on a shot from 25 yards out. Sophomores David Wyrick and Steve Wojcicki picked up assists on the score.
Detroit struck first in the match with a goal at 21:32. George Kithas took a pass from teammate Ablaye Camara on the right side of the net and slipped a shot past Butler goalkeeper Grant Barrie from five yards out. It was the ninth goal of the season for Kithas.
The Bulldogs tied the match 11 minutes later when freshman John Mariscalco launched a long pass to the top of the penalty box, where his brother Michael tipped a header to teammate Pantazi directly in front of the net. Pantazi then knocked his ninth goal of the season into the right corner of the net.
Detroit had a 13-11 edge in shots on for the match, but only three of the attempts were on goal. Barrie finished with two saves, while improving to 5-6 on the season. Strabbing had one save for the Titans.