DETROIT - Junior Katie Griswold scored in the second half but the Butler women's soccer team allowed two goals prior to that in a 2-1 loss at Detroit on Sunday afternoon. The match was the Horizon League opener for both teams.
Griswold's tally came in the 78th minute with the Bulldogs already down 2-0. Freshman Elise Kotsakis assisted on the play. Detroit's Sarah Dzuris scored in the 28th minute to give the Titans an early lead and Rebekah Dornbos buried a PK just after halftime to extend the lead.
"We have made a habit of starting slowly and giving up goals early but haven't been punished for it," head coach Tari St. John said. "Today we were made to pay."
The Bulldogs had a slight edge in shots (9-8) and shots on goal (6-5) but the slow start was too much to overcome. Detroit also had three corner kicks to BU's one.
"Detroit is a good side with quite a few individuals that can affect the game," St. John said. "We needed to be our best for 90 minutes, not for 40."
Griswold had three shots to lead Butler's attack, all on goal. Sophomore Mary Allen added two tries for the Dawgs, who were coming off a 3-2 win at Oakland on Friday. Senior keeper Natalie Galovska played 90 minutes and made three saves.
St. John added: "We will learn from this and it will make us better."
Butler (5-5-0) will be at home next weekend, hosting Wright State Saturday, Sept. 24. The match will conclude Butler's tripleheader at the Butler Bowl next Saturday. Football and men's soccer also play at home earlier that day.