Men’s soccer: Surprising season comes to an end


The Butler men’s soccer team (11-8-1, 4-6 Big East) ended its season in a 1-0 overtime loss to Marquette (11-5-2, Big East 7-2-1) in the second round of the Big East Conference Tournament.
The game-winning goal of the match came in the 97th minute when senior forward Adam Lysak scored immediately off a rebound.
Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson recorded eight saves in the match on nine shots. Dawson’s record in goal for the season was 10-8-1.
Butler freshman forward David Goldsmith had four shots in the match, three of which were on goal. Goldsmith was also named Big East Rookie of the Year. Junior midfielder Zach Steinberger recorded three shots in the match. Two of those were on goal.
Butler ended the match with 17 shots. Eight of those shots were on goal.
Although they were picked eighth in the Big East preseason poll, the Bulldogs surprised college soccer fans  across the nation.
The Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 16 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll.
Butler recorded wins over defending national champion Indiana University, nationally ranked Louisville, and Xavier twice.
The wins against the Musketeers secured a tournament spot for the Bulldogs and helped advance them to the semifinal round.
Unfortunately, the season  was not able to produce the Bulldogs a bid into the NCAA men’s soccer tournament. Seeds were announced Nov. 18.