INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's soccer team found itself on the wrong end of a 3-2 shootout Friday afternoon at the Butler Bowl. Seniors Molly Kruger and Lindsey Fox scored for the Bulldogs, who nearly came back from an early 2-0 deficit.
Illinois State controlled play early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first half. The Redbirds found the net in the 30th minute, on a scramble near the goal following a corner kick. Raquel Rattray scored on the play, with a chip shot from 10 yards out.
ISU (3-5-1) took a 2-0 lead at 40:29 when Heather Sterling fired a strong shot that bounced off the crossbar and into the net.
Butler rallied behind Kruger. In the 51st minute, Kruger fired a laser beam shot high into the center of the net. The goal, her second of the season, came from about 35 yards out. Just moments later, Kruger led another charge toward the net but the Bulldogs couldn't capitalize.
With the match now 2-1, things appeared tighter until Illinois State scored in the 80th minute. A defensive breakdown by BU led to a breakaway for ISU's Heather Sterling, who found Mary Sahm in the center of the box. Sahm chipped in an easy shot to give the Redbirds a 3-1 lead.
Again, Butler fought back.
Senior Carrie Twyman led an attack and found Fox, who scored from right in front of the net to once again pull the Dogs (4-7-0) within a tally.
Butler could never find the equalizer in the late minutes.
"We gave them a lot confidence when we fell behind early," head coach Tari St. John said. "
ISU held a 14-7 shots advantage as well as edges in shots on goal (8-3) and corner kicks (4-3).
BU keeper Jessica Schein played all 90 minutes and made five saves. Kruger and freshman Katie Griswold led the Bulldogs with three shots each.