Kotsakis Buries Game-Winner At Indiana State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A goal by freshman Elise Kotsakis in the 68th minute and a shutout defensive effort by the Butler women's soccer team gave BU a 1-0 win at Indiana State Friday evening. The Bulldogs are now 2-1-0 heading into a Sunday showdown against Oregon State.

The game-winner was scored on the end of a dangerous 7-pass combo. The key moment was when junior Rachael Melendez sent a pass down the right side to freshman Lucy Chauvin. The freshman beat her defender and served a ball into the 6-yard box, where Kotsakis headed the ball into the net.

The goal, Kotsakis' second of the season, came officially at 67:56. The assist gave Melendez a team-high six points (2g-2a) after the season's first three matches. 

"Elise is a goal scorer. She plays the game optimistically and gets herself in great position on the field," head coach Tari St. John said.

St. John noted that the Bulldogs were close to scoring, following up after Melendez and junior Katie Griswold both hit the crossbar.

"The goal appeared to be inevitable after Melendez and Griswold had strikes off the crossbar moments before," St. John said.

The Bulldogs had a 13-7 shots advantage, controlling play and holding ISU to just one shot on goal. Butler kept on the attack and helped senior goalkeeper Natalie Galovska pick up her first career shutout.

"Indiana State did not create many threats in the run of play, but were dangerous on a few set pieces," St. John said. "Natalie was up to the task, going the distance and getting the shutout."

St. John cited the play of BU's back line (freshmen Stephanie Kaylor and Kelly Mahoney and sophomores Anna Ventimiglia and Ali Backscheider), adding: "The play in the back was very good tonight. To keep a team like Indiana State, which had some talented players up top, without any real chances is impressive."

Butler hosts Oregon State Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Butler Bowl at 12 p.m. Fans can FOLLOW LIVE HERE or on Twitter at @ButlerWSoccer. Also, Butler students in attendance can get free hot dogs.