St. John's Falls in Double OT to No. 22 Butler|
Sept. 30, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After a hard-fought 105 minutes, the St. John’s men’s soccer team fell to No. 22 Butler in a physical, 1-0 double overtime game in Indianapolis, Ind.
Lewis Suddick scored on a penalty kick in the 105th minute to give the Bulldogs (7-2, 3-0 BIG EAST) the win and handed the Red Storm (5-4-1, 2-1 BIG EAST) its first loss in BIG EAST play.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Withers made six saves in the loss as the game marked the ninth time the St. John’s backline conceded one goal or less.
The opening 45 minutes saw play dominated by Butler as the Bulldogs claimed an 8-2 shot advantage heading into the halftime break.
However the second half saw a much more back-and-forth pace with each team firing seven shots towards goal.
In the 61st minute, St. John’s looked to have the breakthrough it was looking for when Ricupati cut into the middle of the box and fired a shot that caromed off the left post and out to keep the game scoreless. Moments later, Roth had a ball fall to his feet at the top of the box but his shot was blocked by the defense.
Late in regulation, Andrea Previati also had a good look at goal, but fired the shot just over the bar and sent the game into extra time.
Dick was able to turn the ball forward for a counterattack as Brandon Guhl found himself in the clear for the Bulldogs, but his shot was stopped by a sprawling Andrew Withers. However, the rebound opportunity created chaos in the St. John’s box and a foul was called to give Butler the penalty kick chance. From there, Suddick chipped the ball over Withers for the goal and gave the Bulldogs the 1-0 win.
St. John’s continues its four-game road swing on Oct. 6 when the Red Storm battles Creighton at 8 p.m. ET from Morrison Stadium.