Columbus, Ohio – The Butler men’s soccer team traveled to Ohio State and suffered its first loss of the season. Though the match was scoreless at the half, the Buckeyes (4-0-1) scored two goals after the break, and the No. 12 Bulldogs (3-1) were unable to finish on any of the ten shots they produced.

Key Moments

9′ | Palmer Ault gets an early shot on frame, but the Ohio State keeper is easily able to handle it.

10′ | The Buckeyes take a hard shot from close range, but Butler keeper Gabriel Gjergji goes to the ground for the save.

10′ | Ohio State earns three successive corner kicks, but none are ultimately dangerous.

13′ | Palmer Ault penetrates the box and passes to DJ Hooks, but Hooks’ shot sails over the bar.

17′ | Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., in the left side of the box, collects an arcing cross from the right side. His low shot to the far post is saved by the Buckeyes’ keeper.

38′ | A Butler yellow card sets up an Ohio State free kick from 25 yards. The hard shot is saved by Gjergji.


43′ | Errant passing between Butler’s goalkeeper and defenders sets up Ohio State for a tap-in goal and a 1-0 lead.

52′ | Ault plays across the front of the goal toward Henri Kumwenda. The Ohio State keeper charges the deflected ball and covers it.

64’| Ault again find Kumwenda who is moving toward the goal. Kumwenda gets a clean shot on goal but directly at the Buckeyes keeper.

66′ | An Ohio State yellow card produces a Buter free kick from 25 yards. The ball is played across the field, and a Joost de Schutter shot sails over the crossbar.

70′ | An Ohio State leaping header, off a corner kick, goes directly into the goal and gives the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead.

84′ | Butler gets a chance with a Tommy Visser shot to the left side of the goal, but Ohio State’s keeper nullifies the attempt.

87′ | A Butler corner kick is cleared, and a long shot from de Schutter flies just outside the left post.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: (none)

ASSISTS: (none)      

Bulldog Bits

Gabriel Gjergji has 353 minutes in goal this season and has amassed 6685 for his career. He now ranks number one on Butler’s all-time list for goalkeeper minutes, surpassing the previous leader in the category, Eric Dick (2014-17).

Tonight’s match was a physical contest, with both teams combining for 35 fouls. Ohio State received six yellow cards, and Butler was tagged for three.

The loss ends a season-opening three-game win streak for Butler. This was the first time a Paul Snape-coached team opened with three wins, and it was the first time since 2010 that any Bulldogs team had started the season on a three-game win streak. The 2010 team won its first 12 matches of the season.