October 24, 2008

Butler Battles Loyola To A 0-0 Standoff

Butler had a four-match winning steak snapped, but the Bulldogs remained unbeaten in Horizon League play after battling visiting Loyola to a 0-0 draw in double-overtime in a league match at the Butler Bowl on Friday (Oct. 24). The match left Butler with an 11-2-3 mark overall and a 4-0-2 record in league action.

Both teams battled the elements through 110 minutes. Rain and drizzle persisted through much of the first half and a steady wind made the 49-degree temperature seem much colder. Each team finished with 12 shots, though Loyola (8-4-2, 3-2-1 HL) had six shots on goal to none for the Bulldogs. Butler had several scoring opportunities, but the shots wound up wide or high.

Butler goalkeeper Nick Hegeman recorded his seventh shutout of the season, moving him into a tie for second place on Butler's single season list for shutouts. Alan Placek set the Butler single season record with 8.5 shutouts in 1997.

Hegeman stopped two Loyola shots in the first half and four more in the second period. Neither team had a shot on goal in the two overtime periods, though Butler made things very interesting with just 0:02 left in the last extra session. On a throw-in from the sideline, the ball bounced off two players and the cross bar and was eventually touched in, but after time had expired.

Senior Frank Patano led the Bulldogs with four shots, while sophomore Ben Sippola added three. Butler had an 8-4 advantage in shots in the first, but Loyola reversed that count after halftime.

The shutout was Butler's 10th this season, setting a school single season record. Butler has four shutouts in the last five matches, and the Bulldogs have allowed just one goal in six matches at the Butler Bowl this season.

Butler will step out of league play and visit Bradley on Tuesday, Oct. 28. That match is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) in Peoria, Ill.