CLAYTON YOUNG | STAFF REPORTER
The Butler men’s soccer team (9-7-1, 3-5-0 Big East) did not come back in its final road match of the season as the Bulldogs fell to Providence (10-4-2, 5-3-0) 3-2.
Butler sophomore forward Vincent Mitchell put the Bulldogs up early in the match with his fourth goal of the season in the 15th minute.
The Bulldogs were able to keep their 1-0 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
But Providence came out of the gate quickly to start the second half.
The Friars scored three unanswered goals in the 57th minute, 62nd minute and 72nd minute.
Butler senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson had nine saves on 24 shots by Providence in the match. 12 of those shots were on goal.
Butler freshman forward David Goldsmith scored his 11th goal of the season on a shot to the lower left corner of the net in the 86th minute to push the score to 3-2.
The Bulldogs’ final efforts for a tie-drawing goal slipped out of their reach, and they dropped their fourth consecutive match and sixth of their eight matches.
The Bulldogs will play Xavier at the Butler Bowl Friday at 7 p.m. for senior night. The Bulldogs have five seniors on the roster.
With a win, the Bulldogs will qualify for the Big East tournament, which begins Nov. 12.
The Musketeers (10-5-2, 6-2-0) are in second place in the Big East.