GRAYSON PRATHER | STAFF REPORTER
The Crusaders won 2-1 in double overtime.
Butler head coach Paul Snape said he thought the team could have played much better.
“It was disappointing,” Coach Snape said, “we started off and we thought we were going to have a good night.”
Valparaiso was first to put a mark on the scoreboard.
Junior Jacob Gandarilla scored the opening goal of the game with ten minutes to play in the first half.
Butler junior Jeff Adkins missed his first two attempts in the opening half, but found the back of the net with less than a minute to play before the break.
Freshman Joey Bastian took a shot seconds before Adkins’ goal, which deflected towards the anticipating Adkins, who capitalized.
“I was just trying to make contact,” Adkins said, “I knew where the goal was but at the same time I was trying to make contact; and sure enough, I did.”
Butler had six shots on goal in the first half to Valparaiso’s one.
Butler had three penalty kick opportunities in the second half and seven shots on goal, but failed to convert on any of the attempts.
Both teams were unable to score in the first overtime. Freshman Jordan James headed in the game-winning goal for the visiting Crusaders in the 101st minute.
Butler managed 10 shots on goal to Valparaiso’s three.
Butler’s next game is at Western Michigan on Friday. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.