INDIANAPOLIS - Butler played what head coach Tari St. John called "the best 60 minutes of soccer we've played," but the BU women's soccer team fell to Indiana, 6-0, Sunday at the Butler Bowl. The Bulldogs trailed just 1-0 at halftime, but the Hoosiers scored five times in the second half, including three goals in the final 15 minutes.
"We got a lot out of the first 60 minutes of the match," St. John said. "The final 30 minutes was about getting our kids some experience ."
IU scored in the 26th minute to take a 1-0 lead, and Butler hung around, down just 1-0 at intermission. After IU's Devon Beach scored early in the second half, the match's turning point happened in the 59th minute. Butler goalkeeper Olivia Walter came out to stop a Hoosier breakaway and was issued a red card at 58:46. Indiana's Bekah White nailed the penalty kick and put Indiana up 3-0.
Now playing with 10 players, Butler faced an uphill battle. The Hoosier added goals in the 76th, 82nd and 84th minutes.
Indiana finished with a 19-6 advantage in shots, although the disparity was just 6-4 at halftime. Butler had a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Of Butler's six shots, five were on goal.
Butler, which just finished a tough stretch with three matches in five days, will play just once in the upcoming week. BU hosts Miami (Ohio) Friday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.