INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler held on to an early first-half lead to secure a 1-0 upset against No. 7 Marquette in a Big East matchup at the Butler Bowl on Wednesday. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Dick earned his third shutout of the season for the Bulldogs, bringing their record to 5-5-3 on the year and 1-3-0 in the Big East.
After starting conference play with three consecutive losses, the Bulldogs earned their first Big East victory of the season thanks to a goal from junior forward Jeff Adkins in just the 6th minute of play. The goal, which was Adkins' fifth of the season (tied for a team high), was the first given up by the Golden Eagles (7-3-1, 1-1-1 Big East) and goalkeeper Charlie Lyon since Aug. 31.
Adkins' strike came off of an assist from sophomore forward David Goldsmith and junior midfielder Caleb Postlewait. Postlewait has now registered a goal or assist in the last three games, bringing his total to nine points on the year.
With pressure rising in the second half, Marquette outshot the Bulldogs 11-3, including four shots in the final seven minutes. Butler finished with seven shots, with Adkins staking claim for both of the team's shots on-goal.
"We're taking it one game at a time," Butler head coach Paul Snape said. "We've been in so many games this season, and we've been in every Big East match. We need to execute and we need to make sure that we're taking care of us, and we did tonight."
Goldsmith helped to pace the Bulldog attack, adding two shots to go along with his third assist of the season. Freshman forward Joey Bastian, junior midfielder Vincent Mitchell and senior midfielder Zach Steinberger each added one shot attempt to the Butler total.