March 22, 2010

Butler Opens Spring Play With Win Over Xavier

Injuries limited the Butler women's soccer team to 10 players, but the Bulldogs found the right combination in a 2-1 exhibition win over Xavier.

"Any time you can find a way to beat a team with only 10 players you have to feel pretty good," head coach Tari St. John said. "As I watched our team play, the quote that kept coming to me was 'the sum is greater than the parts.' There was good energy on the field and our players were picking each other up if someone made a mistake."

After Xavier took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, Butler struck twice and got key plays in goal to preserve the victory.

BU picked up the equalizer on a restart in the 32nd minute. Natalie Galovska started the play with a pass to Rachael Melendez on the left side. Melendez beat two defenders and sent a pass to the far post, and Rachel Scott found the net to make it 1-1.

The Bulldogs scored the game-winner in the 60th minute of the 80-minute exhibition. Carrie Twyman took a pass from Melendez and sent a hard shot into the upper left 90. Katie Griswold also had a hand in the play.

Olivia Walter played all 80 minutes in goal and made several key stops. Her best play came on a Xavier free kick, when she confidently reached over several XU attackers to make the stop.

Butler has four more spring exhibitions, including a 1 p.m. match Saturday, March 28 against IUPUI at the Butler Bowl.