JACKSON TWP — In a meeting with rival Seneca Valley Sept. 19, Butler's boys soccer team was on the wrong end of a late goal as the Raiders prevailed 2-1.
Josh Burlingham brought a reversal of fortune for the Golden Tornado Thursday night.
His goal in the 73rd minute lifted Butler to a 2-1 victory in the Section 1-4A finale for both teams.
Both teams had already clinched WPIAL playoff berths prior to the game.
Emery Douthett booted the set piece from the right of SV's net. A Raiders' defender got a piece of the ball, but it bounced to the back side of Butler's formation, where Burlingham was waiting. His shot sailed past SV goalkeeper Adam Davies and into the net.
SV had a chance to tie the game, but Ben Francis' shot sailed wide left in the final minute of play.
The Tornado (11-5, 9-5) received an early goal from Douthett in the sixth minute of play when he controlled a rebound, but the Raiders had a prompt response as Luke Rupert headed in a goal just over four minutes later after a fine entry pass from Chase Thomas.
However, scoring opportunities were hard to come by for the Raiders, who forced Butler goalkeeper Peyton Seibert to make just four saves in the game.
“Butler has a lot of good players and they came to play tonight,” said Williams. “We had trouble trying to get some things going last time and I was thinking it was going to be that kind of game tonight.”