INDIANAPOLIS - Sophomore Claire Milam scored the game-winner in the 87th minute to propel the Butler women's soccer team past Youngstown State, 2-1, Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs have now won four of their last five.
Milam's game-winner was her first goal of the season. It came after sophomore Rachel Scott dribbled the ball into the right corner and sent a cross toward sophomore Katie Griswold. The ball ended up at the feed of the wide open Milam, who chipped the ball in at 86:40.
"I'm proud of the way our team played. It was a different kind of match for many of our young players," head coach Tari St. John said. "And I was happy for Claire."
Youngstown State's Kelsey Kempton scored at 14:43 to give YSU an early lead, which prompted the Penguins to pack their defense in. Eventually, Butler found the tying goal on a corner kick by freshman Olivia Colosimo, who sent a well-placed ball from the corner into the goal area. The ball went into a sea of red and white jerseys and ended up in the hands of YSU keeper Ana Viola, who fell down and the goal scored.
Butler had 18 shots to just five for Youngstown State, including a 9-1 edge in the second half. Butler had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
BU keeper Olivia Walter played all 90 minutes and had two
saves. Walter spent the majority of the match 30 yards from
her goal as play lingered in Butler's offensive third of the
Colosimo finished with five shots, with Griswold and freshmen Mary Allen and Ali Backscheider all adding three tries.
Butler (7-10) is now 5-2 in Horizon League play and can earn at least second place in the league standings with a win Sunday against Cleveland State. A BU win and a Milwaukee loss would give Butler the regular season title and home field advantage for the Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship. The No. 2 seed would have a first-round bye.
The Bulldogs' match vs. Cleveland State is set for Sunday, Oct. 24 at noon. It will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network.