STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
In a battle of the Bulldogs, Drake took on the Butler University Bulldogs on the road this Saturday.
Up until the match against Butler, Drake had given up only four goals all season. That number would be matched by Butler, defeating Drake 4-0.
Butler entered the match at an undefeated 2-0-1 on the season, while Drake sat at 3-1.
Butler struck quickly and definitively, scoring two goals in five minutes during the first half.
A foul in the 21st minute led to a penalty kick for Butler and the opening goal of the match. It was followed by a free kick goal to extend Butler’s lead to two.
Butler didn’t score again until the 80th and 82nd minutes on two through-ball passes that beat the Drake defensive line and goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod.
“The last two goals we gave up because we were pushing for a goal,” Bartlett said.
Drake put five shots on goal in the game, but were still unable to score in the contest.
“When you go down two- nothing and when you try and claw back you leave some stuff open,” Bartlett said.
“The result against Butler is not indicative of our performance,” head coach Gareth Smith added.
Drake faced off with the University of Missouri-Kansas City yesterday at Cownie Soccer Complex here in Des Moines. For a recap on that game check out timesdelphic.com.
The Bulldogs defeated UMKC last year 1-0 on a late goal from midfielder Ben LeMay.
Speaking to the team’s mindset this week against UMKC and DePaul, LeMay said that the team is going to be on the attack.
“I think we just need to stick to our gameplan, come out hot in both halves,” LeMay said. “We need to not respect any teams. We need to be the aggressor when we step out onto the field.”
Smith reflected this sentiment, believing that cautiousness on the field will not translate into wins.
“Our mentality has to be more proactive,” Smith said. “Strong start to the season, speed-bump against Butler, and we’ll be up and running against UMKC and Depaul this week.”