Bulldogs Blank Indianapolis In Exhibition Win
August 23, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Two second half goals and a solid defensive effort lifted Butler to a 2-0 victory over Indianapolis in a men's soccer exhibition match at the Butler Bowl on Friday (Aug. 22). The win lifted the Bulldogs to 2-0 in the preseason with the regular season just a week away.
Junior Jeff Adkins, seeing his first action of the season, nailed the game-winner just over 12 minutes into the second half. The Butler forward picked up a deflected ball at midfield and blasted a shot into the back of the goal from 30 yards out.
Freshman Joseph Bastian added an insurance goal 21 minutes later. He took a cross from junior Vincent Mitchell in front of the Indianapolis goal and pushed a shot to the lower left corner of the net. It was his second preseason goal.
"In the second half, you saw a better team going forward," said head coach Paul Snape of his team's offensive output. "Jeff scored a nice goal - I know he enjoyed that one. But we had better width to our game, we had a little bit more intelligence in the middle as well and it really helped us in the end."
The Bulldogs' second half production came after an opening period that was dominated by defense. Butler had nine shots in the first half, including three shots on goal, but came up empty. Indianapolis managed two shots on goal and Butler goalkeeper Eric Dick stopped both.
"We were below our standard," noted Snape of his team's first half performance. "We moved it, but it wasn't consistently fast. The tempo was a bit slow and we looked tired as well."
"The good thing is even though we didn't play great in the first half, I thought we did a good job keeping it out of the back of the net," added the Butler coach. "Eric (Dick) made a fantastic save and we defended. Nick Forrester made a couple of vital interceptions when it looked like the attacker had the advantage."
Dick added another spectacular stop in the second half and finished the match with four total saves, while recording his first shutout. Sophomore David Goldsmith had a team-high four shots, including one shot on goal. The Bulldogs finished with a 15-10 advantage in shots.
"Tonight helped us find our identity," said Snape. "We worked on a few things and now I've got a clear picture in my mind of what we have to work on and who we are right now."
The Bulldogs' attention now turns to the regular season, which begins on Friday, Aug. 29, at the Ohio State Buckeye Invitational. Butler will face Canisius in the first round at 5 p.m. The four-team event wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 31, with Butler meeting host Ohio State at 2:30 p.m.