INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Rachael Melendez scored twice in the first 14 minutes and the Butler women's soccer team used a fast attack to rout Madonna University, 4-0, Friday in the team's season opener. Sophomore Mary Allen added two assists for the Dawgs, who had 22 shots on the evening.
"For our first game, and for what our game plan was, we executed perfectly," head coach Tari St. John said. "We wanted to score goals early and get a lot of kids out there. Honestly, we didn't want to play anyone more than 60 minutes.
"All in all, we got contributions from everyone. It was a good game."
Butler controlled nearly every moment of the match, putting up four goals in the first 40:51 of the contest. Nineteen Bulldog players saw action in the contest, which saw BU put up a 22-4 shots advantage and 14 shots on goal.
Melendez punched in the first two tallies early, putting the match out of reach. The first goal came at 8:26, with sophomore Ali Backscheider serving a ball from the left wing to sophomore Jackie Hafele, who was in the middle near the top of the box. Hafele made a short pass to Melendez, who buried a shot in the lower right 90. Just 4:53 later, Melendez took a long pass from freshman Stephanie Kaylor and beat the keeper to a loose ball to put Butler ahead 2-0.
"I had two awesome chances and was able to get the balls in. I was happy to be able to put them in," Melendez said. "The first one was a great play by Jackie and the second one was a gamble. It went my way."
A pair of freshmen each scored her first career goal moments later, as Ann Zerfas took a pass from sophomore Mary Allen and scored at 24:32 and Lucy Chauvin scored at 40:51. Chauvin's goal came after sophomore Olivia Colosimo sent a long pass to Allen on the left side. Allen sent a cross into the middle, where Chauvin volleyed a shot in the net.
Seven BU players attempted multiple shots, led by Melendez with four. Freshman Elise Kotsakis had three shots, including one that nearly found the net in the 28th minute.
Butler (1-0-0) will play its first road game of the season Sunday, Aug. 21 when it travels to Indiana.