INDIANAPOLIS - Freshman Katie Griswold scored a late goal to make things interesting, but the Butler women's soccer team lost, 2-1, to Louisville Sunday afternoon at the Butler Bowl.
The match had a strange beginning, as Butler sent the opening kickoff from the midfield line all the way into the goal. The ball was headed for the goal and Cardinal goalkeeper Taylor Vancil got a hand on the shot, which ricocheted up off the crossbar and appeared to catch the net inside the goal. BU's players celebrated what they thought was a 1-0 lead, but the shot was ruled to have been deflected out.
In the 33rd minute, the Bulldogs (4-6-0) had an outstanding chance, as a shot by senior Carrie Twyman deflected off the crossbar.
A potential 2-0 lead turned into a 1-0 deficit as Louisville took a 1-0 lead on a direct kick from just outside the box by Lindsay Boling. The Cardinals got a set play after Butler was called for a handball on a play with multiple players going after the ball. The play set up Boling's shot, which she put into the upper right 90 past BU goalkeeper Jessica Schein.
Just after halftime, Butler had a chance for the qualizer, as Kenzie Kokta had a breakaway down the right sideline. Kokta crossed to a crashing Twyman, who tried to volley a shot in but couldn't get it off and the Cardinals dodged another BU threat.
The Cardinals extended the lead to 2-0 at 58:41 when Courtney Holtz found a shot from point-blank range following a long free kick by Kaitie McDonald.
Griswold put BU on the board at 81:30. Senior Molly Kruger sent a sky-high ball toward the Louisville goal, and it hit the crossbar. As the ball came down, Griswold jumped in and deflected the ball past Vancil to pull the Dogs within 2-1. The tally was Griswold's team-leading third of the season. She previously scored twice in a win over Indiana State seven days earlier.
However, Butler would not find the equalizer.
"I'm proud of the way our team reacted when faced with adversity," head coach Tari St. John said. "I felt that had we gotten that goal on the kickoff, things may have been different the rest of the way."
Louisville (3-4-0) had a 10-3 edge in shots and a 6-1 edge in shots on goal. Schein had four saves for the Bulldogs.