Kentucky In Midseason Form, Tops Butler by Double Digits

Editors Note: With the NCLL Fallball season underway and my gas card maxed out, we managed to get a hold of Mike Wells again this fall to capture as much Midwest/Deep South Conference action as possible. Mike not only takes great photos but keeps notes on all the action. Here’s his latest report.

Kentucky took the field vs Butler and simply dominated offensively from the start. The Butler Goalie, Aidan Dowdy started the game with 5 straight amazing saves, but a slower Butler defense was unable to keep up with the Wildcats speed and fast ball movement. Chaz of Kentucky found himself in a one-on-one situation with Dowdy after his five saves, and Kentucky went up 1-0 early. Chaz would return the ball to the Butler goal just 1:00 later to bring the score to 2-0 in favor of Kentucky. With only 3 players on the sidelines to sub in and out, it was obvious that the Butler defense was struggling.

3:00 later, after a failed Butler possession, Kentucky’s Ryan Shahidehpour would bring the score to 3-0 in favor of the Wildcats, and the goals just kept coming against a Butler team that just simply could not keep up with the speed of the Wildcats. Kentucky was up 7-0 by halftime.

The Dawgs would refocus and come out strong in the second half. The Wildcats were unable to score on the Dawgs their first two possessions of the second half, but poor passing by Butler would shift the momentum to Kentucky. A 1:00 Butler penalty would open the door for the momentum to completely shift to Kentucky for the remainder of the game. Nice stops were made by Dowdy in goal for Butler, but the defenders in front of him would simply be overcome by the speed and agility of the Wildcats offense. Upon the clock expiring, the scoreboard read 14-0 in favor of Kentucky.

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