YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Playing on the road in bad weather and without four regulars, the Butler women's soccer team showed Bulldog-like tenacity in a 2-1 win at Youngstown State Saturday afternoon. Junior Katie Griswold and freshman Kelly Mahoney each scored in the first half for Butler.
On a rainy and windy day in northeast Ohio and coming off a grueling 2-2 tie Thursday night against Xavier, the Bulldogs dominated play for most of the afternoon, totaling 18 shots (7 on goal) to YSU's five shots (2 on goal). BU controlled the ball and it would pay off early as Griswold buried a shot from 25 yards out following a throw-in in the sixth minute. The Dawgs grew the lead to 2-0 when on a corner kick freshman Stephanie Kaylor played a nice ball to Mahoney, who scored on a header at 37:06.
The goal was the team-leading fifth of the season for Griswold, while the corner-kick tally was Mahoney's first collegiate goal. Sophomore Ali Backscheider assisted on Griswold's goal.
"It was an important three points to get on the road," head coach Tari St. John said. "YSU is a difficult match-up for us and the weather didn't make things any easier. Katie and Kelly each scored a quality goal."
Youngstown State would find the net at 62:41 when Jade Flory scored off a cross inside the box. Flory has seven goals this season.
Playing without sophomores Jackie and Nikki Hafele, the team's starting goalkeeper in Natalie Galovska and freshman Lucy Chauvin, St. John said Butler needed some players to step up, particularly on set pieces. On the insurance goal, "Mahoney made a great run to lose her defender. Credit Kaylor once again for her consistent quality services on corner kicks," the Butler coach said.
St. John also cited sophomore Olivia Colosimo for strong play: "Olivia was very good for us in the midfield once again. She is continually adding to her game, especially on the defensive side. She was our leader today."
Freshman Elise Kotsakis had five shots and Griswold had three. Sophomore Julie Burton played all 90 minutes to improve to 3-1-1 on the season. She only had to make one save as Butler dominated the match.
Butler (7-5-1, 2-1) will play once in the coming week, hosting Cleveland State Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m.