Louie Bulger takes a corner kick in a game this season. Bulger and the Bulldogs will begin conference play at Creighton on Sept. 15. Collegian file photo/Jimmy Lafakis.
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The highlight of the first half was not in favor of the Bulldogs. The lone goal of the first 45 minutes came just six minutes into the game on a deflected free kick. Santa Barbara’s Rodney Michael came away with the loose ball and put one in the back of the net to put UCSB up early.
Butler’s defense was under pressure for a large portion of the first half. At halftime, the Gauchos had nine total shots with three of those efforts being on frame.
Neither side was able to find the back of the net in the second half. The Gauchos put another seven shots up and two more on frame. Butler threatened late in the second half with multiple free kicks from dangerous positions, but no one was able to score.
Butler’s inability to score with consistency showed up again in Santa Barbara. The Bulldogs only had seven shots all night with only three of those being shots on goal.
The Bulldogs never seemed comfortable against UCSB’s 3-5-2 formation, which was put into place just prior to the match.
The Bulldogs begin Big East play on Sept. 15 when they travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to face the Creighton Bluejays.