CHICAGO - No. 5 seed Butler had a 2-0 lead but couldn't hang on as No. 4 seed Loyola scored twice late to tie and prevailed in PKs, 4-3, in the first round of the Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship Sunday afternoon at Loyola Soccer Park. Seniors Lindsey Fox and Carrie Twyman each scored a goal for the Bulldogs.
Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, BU had the only shot on goal in the first overtime period and had four corner kicks in the second overtime. Yet, Loyola dodged the bullets to force the match into a shootout.
Loyola's Cynthia Morote-Ariza and senior Angie Muir each sank her first PK, and Loyola's Maggie Doe made hers in the second round to put the Ramblers up 2-1. BU missed its second PK try and Loyola ended up going ahead 4-2. Fox buried her PK attempt to make it 4-3. Loyola's Casey Berrier had a chance to end it but she missed to give the Bulldogs hope. BU's final PK try was also unsuccessful and LU escaped 4-3.
The Ramblers (5-13-3) advance to next Friday's (Nov. 6) tournament semifinal against league champion Milwaukee at UWM's home field.
Things looked great for Butler early, as Fox gave the Dogs the lead at 13:19. Fox took a cross from sophomore Maite Bastyr and lifted a shot over the Loyola goalkeeper's head.
BU struck again just after halftime, with Twyman scoring an unassisted goal at the 46:47 mark.
The Bulldogs led 2-0 for nearly 30 minutes and appeared in control until Loyola's Julie Colhoff in the 76th minute. The Ramblers got the equalizer in the 86th minute, as Nikki Staton dribbled past BU goalkeeper Jessica Schein and scored.
Muir led Butler's attack with three shots, all on goal. Twyman added two attempts. Schein played all 110 minutes and made four saves.
BU had a 7-3 edge in corner kicks, and both teams managed six shots on goal.
Butler's season ends with a 7-11-2 record.