Milam Sinks Winning Goal In Double OT Win

Milam Sinks Winning Goal In Double OT Win

ROCHESTER, Mich. - Junior Claire Milam scored in the 105th minute to lift the Butler women's soccer team to a 3-2 double-overtime win at Oakland Friday evening. The Bulldogs were down 2-0 in the 48th minute but out-lasted the Grizzlies until Milam's goal in double OT.

Milam's game-winner finished Butler's second multiple-goal comeback of the season. BU also came back from a 2-0 deficit at Eastern Illinois back on Sept. 4.

"In pregame, we talked about being ready if it was your moment to influence the game," head coach Tari St. John said. "There were definitely some individual moments that led us to the result tonight.

"These girls are resilient, that's for sure. Even at two down, there wasn't a player on our team that didn't think we could come back."

Down 2-0 in the opening minutes of the second half, Butler had its comeback started by an own goal at 63:33. The play started when junior Katie Griswold beat her defender on the right side then served a pass into the 6-yard box. Freshman Ann Zerfas took a shot but an Oakland defender did the honor and cut her own team's lead to 2-1. 

At 76:51, Butler earned a corner kick. Freshman Stephanie Kaylor found sophomore Jackie Hafele, who buried a header into the net to tie the match 2-2.

The two teams would continue on through the end of regulation and the first overtime scoreless. At 1:04:26, Milam started and finished the golden goal. Milam put a strong tackle on a Grizzly player at the top of the 18 to keep Oakland pinned in near the box. Jackie Hafele recovered the loose ball and passed to freshman Elise Kotsakis on the left side. Kotsakis' shot was deflected and found Milam, who buried a shot from nine yards out.

Butler (5-4-0) attempted 17 shots (nine on goal). Corner kicks were even (6-6). 

BU will play Detroit Sunday, Sept. 18 in the team's Horizon League opener. Butler's next home match is Saturday, Sept. 24 vs. Wright State at the Butler Bowl.