Behind early second-half goal, Butler pulls 1-0 upset against No. 7 Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Butler snagged a victory at No. 7 Louisville Saturday night by a score of 1-0. The game was played at Cardinal Park before a crowd of more than 1,700.
Freshman forward Anthony Smith Jr. scored the only Butler goal of the night in the 44th minute off an assist from sophomore Vincent Mitchell.
Despite being out-shot by the Cardinals 12-10, the Bulldog defense held thanks in part to junior goalkeeper Andy Holte. He finished with four saves in 90 minutes of action.
"We had a defensive game plan, making sure we were real solid," head coach Paul Snape said. "I thought we executed the game plan really well."
Butler and Louisville both finished with five shots on goal and five corner kick opportunities.
The loss dropped the Cardinals to 2-1-0 on the young season while Butler improved to 2-0-1. Butler also improved to 7-2 in series history. Louisville had won the previous two matches in the series.
"We can compete with anyone in the country," Snape said. "We've got some real good talent all over the field and we got a result against one of the best teams in the country.
"This is the standard we want to be at every game. I think the biggest thing we got from this game is that the boys believe in each other. They sort of did before, now they really trust each other."