VANDALIA — The Butler Aviator soccer team made quick work of the visiting Green Wave of Greenville Tuesday night by a score of 6-1. The win is the seventh straight for the Aviators who improved to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North division.
Greenville fell to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
“Greenville always gives us a different challenge,” said Butler head coach Steve Doring. “They are physical, they never give up, they are committed to the cause and its always a challenge when we play them. It was just a couple years ago they came to our field and beat us 5-1. We never take anyone lightly in the GWOC.”
Butler scored first in the 16th minute as Jack Spoltman took an assist by Nathan Weber to give the Aviators a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, it was Weber on an assist by Tyler Sutter that lifted Butler to a 2-0 advantage.
Greenville answered quickly with a goal by Tani Mancillas in the 18th minute to cut the Aviator lead in half, but that was the end of the scoring for the Green Wave.
Zach Burgmeier found the net on a penalty kick in the 30th minute and Spoltman struck again in the 35th minute and the Aviators led 4-1 at the half.
Burgmeier got the assist on Butler’s fifth goal off the foot of Terrance Engle and Ben Naas closed out the scoring for the Aviators.
The game was the first game in a week for the Aviators who now have another week off before traveling to Troy for a potential North division deciding game.
“We hit the ground running early, and at one point we had eight games in while a lot of others only had four,” said Doring. “Our challenge to the boys is to come to practice with high concentration and focus and work on what we need to and then use the game like today to put what we have been working on to use.”
Doring said Troy will be a challenge when the Aviators play on Tuesday.
“The last couple of years Troy has been who we have battled for the conference title with,” he said. “It’s our job to go to their place, they have a big grass field and play the game right and it should be a great contest.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.