August 28, 2011

Bulldogs Edged By No. 24 Oregon State In OT

PHOTO GALLERY (photos by Jim White)

INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Katie Griswold gave the Bulldogs an early lead, but Oregon State's Haley Shaw scored in the 95th minute to give OSU a 2-1 overtime win over the Butler women's soccer team Sunday afternoon.

Griswold took a long pass from sophomore Anna Ventimiglia, weaved into the center of the field and buried a shot at the 9:07 mark. It was her second goal of the season. The lead stood until 34:38 when OSU's Melinda Ingalls scored the equalizer. 

"I thought it was a really even match," head coach Tari St. John said. "We did some nice things today. Now we just need to remember to play with that intensity and focus and build on it."

With the score tied 1-1, Butler was the aggressor in what ended up being a scoreless second half. The Bulldogs outshot the Beavers 9-4 in the second period and controlled play. St. John cited sophomores Nikki Hafele and Olivia Colosimo as helping Butler control the ball.

"Nikki and Olivia did some nice things for us. We were able to possess the ball and combine some passes together," St. John said.

Shaw found the net for the game-winner 4:20 into the overtime period. She received a pass from Colleen Boyd on the left side and then sent a shot into the upper right 90.

Colosimo led the Bulldogs with three shots. Junior Rachael Melendez and freshman Ann Zerfas each took two shots. Senior Natalie Galovska played all 94:20 and made four saves.

"Natalie did a really nice job today," St. John said. "She came off her line and did a lot for us that doesn't show up in the stats. She fixes a lot of situations for us before they become problems."

Each team had 13 shots and four saves. Three differend Oregon State players had two shots.  The Beavers, ranked 24th in the NSCAA national poll, also had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.

Butler (2-2-0) will host Eastern Michigan Friday, Sept. 2 at the Butler Bowl. The Bulldogs then travel to Eastern Illinois Sunday, Sept. 4. Fans can follow the Dawgs on Twitter @ButlerWSoccer.