Oct. 24, 2007
Butler won its third straight match on Wednesday at the Butler Bowl after it was able to erase a 2-0 deficit after halftime, scoring three second half goals, including Eduardo Garcia's goal in the final two minutes of play for a 3-2 win over IUPUI.
"It was a tale of two halves," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "I'm really happy with the character the guys showed to come back and win it in the second half of the game."
The Bulldogs fell behind in the first half because of goals from Jaguar midfielders Chris Wey and Adrian Conrad in the 25th and 40th minutes respectively. But the Bulldogs made the adjustment at the break and picked up the momentum they needed to pull out the victory.
"I just stressed pride (at halftime)," Findley said. "They were going to have to work hard to come back and they did."
Frank Patano got Butler on the board just two minutes into the second period when Garcia got the ball into the six-yard box for a header from Patano.
Patano struck again 20 minutes later for his 11th goal of the year when Matt Sall hooked up with Patano for a slide kick that trickled past the goalie and into the open net.
The game seemed to be headed into overtime with two minutes to play and the score knotted up at two. That's when Connor Burt got the ball ahead to Garcia for a breakaway and Garcia took it the distance, kicking the game-winning goal from the left side of the field. The score was Garcia's first of the season.
"Sometimes when you're down 2-0 you think the door is closed," Findley said. "The guys just didn't want to lose today and we did whatever we could to win this match. I'm really pleased with the effort."
Butler may not have had the same result if the game had been played as scheduled at Kuntz Stadium for later in the evening. But because of soggy conditions the last few days, the teams decided to utilize the field turf at the Butler Bowl.
"Because we were playing on the turf and because of the weather the last couple of days it allowed both teams to play," Findley said. "Coach Franklin did a great thing by moving the game here and I'm really glad we worked that out."
The Bulldogs have a week off before they play their regular season finale against Wright State at the Butler Bowl next Thursday at 4 p.m.