VANDALIA — It took the Butler Aviators eight minutes to find paydirt Tuesday as they hosted the Piqua Indians, but once the scoring started, it became an avalanche as Butler defeated Piqua 6-1 in a GWOC North battle.
Butler came in as the heavy favorite and didn’t disappoint as they connected on three goals in nine minutes to build a 3-0 lead as they cruised to their 12th win in 13 games. The win also improved the Aviators to 4-0 in the GWOC North division which guarantees them at least a share of their sixth straight league title.
Butler can claim the title outright next Tuesday when they host Trotwood-Madison.
“Our goal is to win the title outright and if we win next week that will be our second straight outright win,” said head coach Steve Doring. “If we come out next week and take care of business hopefully we can do that.”
The Indians didn’t put up much of a fight Tuesday evening. Butler peppered the goal with shots in the opening minutes when the Aviators were awarded a direct kick in the eighth minute. Terrance Engle tapped the ball toward the center of the field where Tyler Sutter received it and planted it for Butler’s first goal.
Less than four minutes later Zach Burgmeier scored to double the Aviators lead. Nathan Weber made it 3-0 in the 17th minute as he attacked the goal one-on one with Piqua’s keeper.
Engle got in on the action in the 20th minute to lift the Aviators to a 4-0 lead before Weber added another goal off an assist by Andrew Sprouse to take a 5-0 lead at the half.
Weber completed the hat trick with Butler’s only goal of the second period to give the Aviators a 6-0 lead.
Piqua scored their only goal in the 63rd minute off a corner kick to set the final score.
“When we perform at a high level and create chances we are going to score goals,” said Doring. “That’s a good opportunity for us to get some of our younger guys in and to work on different aspects of our shape and system and that’s what we did tonight. We felt comfortable with the lead and were able to move some guys around and get quality minutes.”
The Aviators will return to action on Saturday as they host Shawnee at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday the Aviators will learn their tournament seed and bracket placement.
“At 12-1 we carry the highest winning percentage in the Miami Valley of any Division I program and I think with our deep tournament run last year, and some of our returning guys from last year who have kind of a bad taste in their mouth, I think we can go deep as long as we stay focused and play the way that we want to.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.