INDIANAPOLIS - Butler scored twice in the first 19 minutes to take an early lead and dominated throughout as the Butler women's soccer team picked up its first win of 2009, a 3-0 victory over Western Illinois Sunday at the Butler Bowl. Senior Abbie Kaul and freshman Rachael Melendez each scored in the first half, and senior Carrie Twyman tallied in the second half and had an assist in the first half.
Butler controlled all 90 minutes of play, and took an early lead on a corner kick play. Junior Sarah Phelps sent the corner into Twyman, whose shot was deflected by WIU goalkeeper Laura Atkinson. The rebound went to Kaul who fired a shot into the net at 10:08 for what would end up being the only goal BU would need.
"Taking an early lead like that changes the psychology of the match," head coach Tari St. John said. "It changes the way both teams play, and we were able to take that momentum and add on to it."
Melendez struck at 18:44, rebounding a deflected shot from fellow freshman Katie Griswold.
Despite being up 2-0 at the intermission, the Bulldogs continued to apply pressure. BU continued to command play in WIU's third of the field.
"When you win balls and control play in the midfield, it takes pressure off your back line and you don't have to make long runs back to your goal," St. John said. "One player who really helped us keep it at their end was Natalie Galovska. She won punts and second balls and allowed us to control possession."
Butler (1-2-0) scored its third and final goal at 49:18. After a long breakaway, Twyman scored off a rebound from another Griswold shot, very similar to Melendez's goal in the first half.
BU finished with a 22-5 advantage in shots, including 13-1 on goal. Twyman finished with four shots, including three on target, with a goal and an assist. Griswold also had four shots (two on goal) and a pair of assists. Eleven different Bulldogs registered a shot in the well-balanced attack, with nine different players firing a shot on goal.
Sophomore Olivia Walter played all 90 minutes, making one save and recording her first career shutout.
Butler will play Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. against IUPUI. The two teams had their Friday contest postponed due to lightning.