Butler Edges Saint Louis, 1-0, In Overtime
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sophomore Katie Griswold
scored her fourth goal in the last two matches and lifted Butler to
a 1-0 overtime victory over Saint Louis in a non-league match at
the Butler Bowl on Friday (Sept. 10). It was Butler's
second consecutive victory.
Griswold ended the scoreless deadlock just under seven minutes into the first overtime period. She took a long pass up-field from sophomore Rachael Melendez, beat her defender and when one-on-one with Saint Louis goalkeeper Katie Walsh. When Walsh ran out to try and cut the angle, Griswold slipped a shot past her and into the right corner of the net from 15 yards out.
The game-winner came one match after Griswold had scored three goals in Butler's 5-1 victory over Miami (Ohio).
"She has a knack for scoring," said Butler head coach Terry St. John of her sophomore scoring leader. "She broke the seal in the Miami match, and I expect to see her name on the scoring line quite a bit in the future."
Griswold had three of Butler's five shots on goal in the match, but Walsh stopped the first four. Butler goalkeeper Olivia Walter countered with three saves, while recording her first shutout of the season. Walter was aided by the solid performance of Butler's back line.
"We showed great mental toughness on defense," noted St. John. "I honestly thought that Saint Louis had the advantage at that end of the field, but our players did a tremendous job of staying in the moment and taking a bend but don't break approach. We showed a lot of maturity and composure back there."
Butler (2-4-0) finished with a 10-9 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Bulldogs had eight corner kicks, while Saint Louis (1-3-2) had five.
"I'm seeing a personality develop," continued St. John. "We've always shown a will to compete. What I saw today was a will to win."
Butler will have a week off before returning to action against Oregon State at the Oregon State Tournament on Friday, Sept., 17.