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Butler Wins Ohio State Tournament

August 31, 2014


COLUMBUS, OHIO - Butler battled host Ohio State to a 2-2 tie in double-overtime on Sunday, Aug. 31, and in the process claimed the team title at the 2014 Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic.  The Bulldogs, 1-0-1 in the four-team tournament, edged UC Davis, also 1-0-1, on goal-differential for the championship.

Second half goals by Butler's Jeff Adkins and David Goldsmith matched the output of Ohio State and sent the final match of the tournament into overtime.  The defense held for both teams through two extra 10-minute periods and and the match ended in a draw.

"I thought we controlled the tempo and dictated the play, but in the end we couldn't get the deciding goal," said Butler head coach Paul Snape after the match.  "We knew they were a tough team and it wasn't going to be easy, but I thought we played well today."

The two teams battled through a scoreless first half.  The Bulldogs launched six shots in the opening period, including shots on goal by Adkins and freshman Joseph Bastian, but came up empty.

"We moved the ball around well and created a lot of opportunities, but we weren't lucky enough to go up by one or two in the first half," noted Snape.

Ohio State (0-0-2) broke the deadlock just over 20 minutes into the second half on a penalty kick by Liam Doyle.  But Adkins answered just 17 seconds later with an unassisted goal to tie the match.  It was his second goal of the tournament.

Butler then grabbed the lead at 73:51 when Goldsmith took a pass from senior Zach Steinberger at the top of the box and fired a shot to the back left side of the net.  Ohio State knotted the match less than a minute later on a goal by Yianni Sarris.

"We just lost concentration and they capitalized," Snape noted of the game-tying goal.

Butler added a pair of shots on goal in the two overtime periods, but Ohio State goalkeeper Alex Ivanov stopped both.  Ivanov finished the match with six saves.  Butler goalkeeper Eric Dick had one save in the overtime periods and two saves for the match.  

"We played really maturely in the overtime periods and created a number of chances.  We had a really glorious chance to win at the end, but unfortunately missed it," added the Butler coach.

Butler finished with an 18-12 advantage in shots, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal.  Adkins led the Bulldogs with five total shots, including three on goal, while Goldsmith and Steinberger each added three shots.

The Bulldogs, who had a 2-0 victory over Canisius in the opening match of the Classic, were represented on the All-Tournament Team by Adkins, Goldsmith, Steinberger and senior Brandon Fricke.  Adkins was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.  UC Davis, a 2-1 winner over Canisius, had Kris Schultz, Ramon Martin and Ryan Gross named to the All-Tournament Team, while Ohio State was represented by Doyle and Tyler Kidwell.  Asani Samuels and Nicolo Baudo of Canisius rounded out the star squad.

Butler will play its first home match of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 3, against local foe IUPUI.  That match at the Butler Bowl is slated for 7 p.m.

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