November 12, 2007

Butler's Championship Hopes Dashed In Green Bay

Nov. 11, 2007

Box Score

The same last-minute magic that got the Bulldogs into the second round of the Horizon League Championship is the same thing that ended their run on Sunday when host Green Bay sent Butler home with a 1-0 loss in overtime on a goal with one minute to play.

After battling the Phoenix to a scoreless tie the entire game, J.C. Banks ended the match on a header of a corner kick with exactly one minute to play in the extra period. Dan O'Brien picked up the assist on the corner kick, which was one of 12 for Green Bay on the day.

Nick Hegeman was in goal for Butler on Sunday and recorded six saves in his fourth start of the year. The Bulldog defense also saved a shot in the contest.

Butler was out-shot in the match 14-6 and all of the Bulldogs shots came in the second half. Frank Patano, Kyle Pateros and Ben Sippola all had two shots for Butler.

The Bulldogs had two shots blocked by the Green Bay defense and their best shot at scoring was in the 82nd minute when Sippola's second shot of the match was saved by the Phoenix goalkeeper, Adam Stikl.

Butler ends the season with a 9-7-4 overall record, the first time under second-year Head Coach Kelly Findley that the team finished above .500 and the first time Butler has a winning record since 2004. The Bulldogs also posted their best league record since 2004, going 4-2-2 in conference play this year.

Butler will only lose two players to graduation after this season and will return 11 of the 12 different players that scored goals for Butler this season.