INDIANAPOLIS - Sophomore Katie Griswold scored the game-winner in the 25th minute and the Bulldog defense made it stand in a 1-0 victory over Wright State Sunday afternoon. It was the Horizon League opener for both teams.
The goal came on a corner kick at the 24:16 mark. Senior Sarah Phelps sent the corner into traffic and Griswold shot a header into the net. It was her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Goalkeeper Olivia Walter and the Butler defense made the goal stand and made the Bulldogs 1-0 in league play.
"I've seen our team make an investment and play like that before and not get the result," head coach Tari St. John said. "It is nice to play well and get the result we want. "
Butler also had a dangerous try late in the match, and appeared to have scored an insurance goal. Griswold beat the Wright State defense and sent a shot that hit the crossbar and cross the goal line. However, it was not ruled a goal and play continued.
The Bulldogs had advantages in shots (13-11), shots on goal (6-5) and corner kicks (5-2). Griswold led BU with four shots, two on goal. Freshman Nikki Hafele added two shots. Walter made five saves in goal.
Butler (3-7-0, 1-0 HL) will play IUPUI Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Kuntz Stadium. The Dawgs' next home contest is Sunday, Oct. 3 vs. Valparaiso.