PHOTO GALLERY (Photos by Jim White)
INDIANAPOLIS - Sophomore Jackie Hafele scored on a header on a corner kick with 45 seconds remaining in regulation to lead the Butler women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon. Freshman Stephanie Kaylor assisted on the game-winner.
The match appeared to be headed for extra time until the Bulldogs earned a corner kick with just less than a minute to play. Kaylor took her time setting up the corner and lifted a pass toward the near post. Hafele, the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year last season, got her head on the pass and sent it just inside the corner of the net.
"I'm usually a target on our corners, and I saw my mark was shorter than me," Hafele said. "I kind of pinned her off and got her out of the way."
"Jackie had just been in the game for about 50 seconds and Ali (Backscheider) earned that corner for us," head coach Tari St. John said. "Jackie really knows how to find that ball. You just can't ask for any more from someone coming off the bench."
Hafele also had a hand in the first goal of the match. Junior Rachel Scott gave Butler (3-2-0) a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute when she buried a shot in the lower right 90. Hafele sent a long pass to freshman Lucy Chauvin on the left side. Chauvin crossed to Scott, who found the net. Once again, it was a case of the Bulldogs off the bench coming on to the field focused. Hafele, Chauvin and Scott had all just entered the match just minutes before the goal.
"It's good that we have kids coming in the game and they're ready to go," St. John said. "It was awesome to see. We didn't have that last year."
EMU (0-3-1) found the equalizer at 73:03 when Emily Dzik scored from the top of the box. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Galovska went up high and got a hand on the shot, deflecting it off the crossbar. When Galovska landed on the ground the ball rolled into the net. EMU's Stephanie Clarke and Cara Cutaia assisted on the goal.
Butler had advantages in shots (16-10) and corner kicks (5-3). The Bulldogs were the aggressors for most of the match, but didn't possess in the midfield like they have in the past.
"We gave the ball away in the midfield in some bad situations," St. John said. "The really good thing is we didn't play particularly well and were able to get a win against what I think is a really good Eastern Michigan team."
Freshman Elise Kotsakis led all players in shots (5) and shots on goal (3). Ten different Bulldogs attempted a shot. Both teams had seven shots on goal. Galovska made a career-high six saves and played all 90 minutes.
Butler, winner of two of its past three matches, will play at Eastern Illinois Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. ET. Be sure to follow Butler women's soccer on Twitter (@ButlerWSoccer).