INDIANAPOLIS - Freshmen Mackenzie Hopkins and Addison Schaar made difference-making plays to give the Butler women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over IPFW on Sunday. The win gave Butler a split in the season's opening weekend.
With the score tied 0-0 in the 24th minute, IPFW took possession and Erin Gill took a strong shot in the box. Hopkins dove to her right quickly and made the stop. Head coach Tari St. John said that play changed the complexion of the day.
"If that ball goes in the net, it changes the entire game," St. John said. "We would've been down 1-0 and been in a hole. She made a brilliant save and got us excited about it."
The game-winner came off the foot of Schaar at the 42:07 mark. Sophomore Stephanie Kaylor had the ball on the right wing near midfield and sent a long pass to Schaar. The freshman from Lansing, Mich., beat a defender then pushed the ball past the diving IPFW keeper.
"The goal by Addie Schaar allowed us to sit in and absorb some pressure from IPFW, which was key," St. John said. "It was a huge swing in the game, and it allowed us to do what we needed to do."
The goal was Schaar's first and the first of the season for BU. After Butler took the lead, the two teams played a scoreless second half.
"The second half was a grind. Coming off the Louisville game, we weren't as fresh as we could have been," St. John said. "We had some tired legs."
Butler had edges in shots (10-8), shots on goal (5-1) and corner kicks (5-0). Sophomore Katie Reed, a starter who transferred to Butler from Illinois, had two shots on target for BU.
The Bulldogs' next match is Friday, Aug. 24 against Indiana State at the Butler Bowl at 7 p.m.