INDIANAPOLIS - Cleveland State's Natalie Daniels scored exactly 10 minutes into the match and the Butler women's soccer team couldn't find the equalizer in a 1-0 CSU win Wednesday afternoon at the Butler Bowl.
CSU (8-4-1, 1-2-1) made the lead stand despite constant attacking and possession by the Bulldogs. Butler posted overwhelming advantages in shots (15-6), corner kicks (12-1) and shots on goal (6-2). But the Vikings found the net, and that was all it took.
"They scored an early goal and it definitely changed the game," head coach Tari St. John said. "We were the better team. We were the more athletic team. But they scored a great goal and then put a lot of players behind the ball, and they executed that beautifully. It gave us the problem that we had to break down 10 of their players."
Daniels, an All-Horizon League player, was running the right side when she took a pass from Shea Levi. Daniels was able to dribble to the wing and shoot a high-arching shot into the upper left 90. It was one of only two shots that senior keeper Natalie Galovska encountered all day.
"The team that earned the win, got the win," Galovska said. "They scored early and held the lead. We didn't do what was necessary to win the game and they did."
Freshman Elise Kotsakis had four shots, while freshman defender Kelly Mahoney added three tries, most coming on set pieces. Three other Bulldogs got off two shots, as Butler continued to work in its offensive third of the field for most of the day.
Butler (7-6-1, 2-2-0) has 10 days off before it plays league-leading and nationally-ranked Milwaukee Saturday, Oct. 15. The contest will be a rematch of last year's league championship.