Oct. 20, 2004
No. 8 Indiana took advantage of a slick turf and a couple of slips by the Bulldogs to hand host Butler a 2-0 setback in a non-league match played in a steady drizzle at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The win lifted the nationally-ranked Hoosiers to 10-3-1 on the season, while Butler fell to 10-4-1.
The visitors broke a 0-0 halftime tie at 68:25 when John Michael Hayden fired a shot from 30 yards out on the right side of the goal. Butler's Jason Kieffer, attempting to clear the ball, slipped on the wet grass and the ball trickled into the back of the net.
Indiana made it 2-0 just over a minute later on another unusual play. Indiana's Pat Yates was charging at Butler's goal when two Butler defenders got tangled up and slipped to the ground. Butler goalkeeper Evan Reinhardt came out of the box to try and stop the play, and he too slipped, leaving an open goal for Yates, who scored from 15 yards out.
"Indiana is so good, you just can?t make any mistakes, and we made a couple," said Butler coach Joe Sochacki, who saw his team's 10-match unbeaten streak end. "I was pleased with our effort and we had some opportunities that we just didn't finish."
Indiana out-shot the Bulldogs, 12-8, and the Hoosiers had five shots on goal to one for Butler. The Hoosiers also had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Brian Plotkin led Indiana's attack with five shots, while junior Scott Olsen had four shots for the Bulldogs. Olsen had Butler's lone shot on goal with a header directly in front of Indiana goalkeeper Jay Nolly.
Nolly went the distance and picked up the shutout for Indiana, while improving to 10-3-1 on the year. Reinhardt, who had three saves in the match, fell to 5-3 on the season.
The Bulldogs return to Horizon League action on Sunday, Oct. 24, with a home match at Varsity Field against Cleveland State. The "Senior Day" contest will be the second half of a doubleheader with Butler's women's soccer team and is slated to start at 2:30 p.m.