September 11, 2011

Late Goal Sinks BU In 2OT

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Louisville's Katie Walz scored the game-winner after 100:48 of soccer to down the Butler women's soccer team, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Kentucky's tournament. The Bulldogs and Cardinals were statistically even on the day, but Walz's late goal was the difference.

In its final full non-conference weekend before league play, the Bulldogs more then held their own against the Cardinals. BU had 11 shots to Louisville's 10, and both teams put five tries on goal. Corner kicks were also even (3-3).

"Our performance was very, very good," head coach Tari St. John said. "At this point in the season, a week from conference play, that is just as important as the result."

St. John cited two dangerous shots by sophomore Olivia Colosimo that could've changed the day's result.

"I thought we were the better team in regulation. Olivia hit the crossbar and had another that forced their keeper to make a highlight save," St. John said.

Louisville's golden goal came after a bouncing ball got to the Cardinals inside the box. U of L's Kim Sparo looped a pass over a Butler defender then Walz hit a crossing shot into the net. It was Walz's first goal of the season. The goal came despite a stellar effort by Butler's defenders.

"We were very organized in the back and limited a very athletic front line from Louisville," the Butler coach said. "It was one of those games where we easily could've been on the other end of things."

Freshman Elise Kotsakis had a game-high four shots to lead Butler's attack. Junior Rachael Melendez put two shots on goal. Senior Natalie Galovska made four saves and played all 100:48 in goal.

Sophomores Jackie Hafele and Anna Ventimiglia were selected for the all-tournament team. 

Butler (4-4-0) has one more non-league outing next weekend, taking on Oakland Friday, Sept. 16. Butler opens Horizon League play Sunday, Sept. 18 at Detroit at 1 p.m. ET.