Bulldogs Cruise Past Sycamores 3-0

Bulldogs Cruise Past Sycamores 3-0
Elise Kotsakis
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INDIANAPOLIS - In what head coach Tari St. John called the most convincing win during her time at Butler, the BU women's soccer team routed Indiana State 3-0 Friday night at the Butler Bowl. The Bulldogs improved to 2-1-0 with the win.

Freshman Sophia Maccagnone and sophomores Kelly Mahoney and Elise Kotsakis each found the net for the Bulldogs, who dominated to the tune of an 18-2 advantage in shots. After beating IPFW last weekend, Friday's win gives Butler plenty of momentum heading into a match this Sunday at Eastern Michigan.

"I think we gained some confidence tonight," St. John said. "Equally important to scoring three goals was getting the shutout. We're gaining confidence on the defensive end, which usually relates to more relaxed play on offense in terms of pressure to score."

From just about the opening whistle, Butler attacked ISU and played almost exclusively in its offense third of the field. At 36:07, Maccagnone fired a shot from 20 yards out. The ball deflected off an ISU defender and off the hands of ISU keeper Erin Mitchell before rolling into the net. It was Maccagnone's first career goal.

"That goal allowed us to sit back and absorb some pressure," the seventh-year coach said. "We were able to counter, which we executed extremely well."

That was all Butler would need, as Indiana State would not even manage to attempt a shot in the second half. The Sycamores struggled to clear BU's chances, and the Bulldogs kept coming. The final corner kicks margin was 8-1, with ISU getting a corner in the final 20 seconds of the contest.

BU went up 2-0 at 57:44 when Mahoney scored off a brilliant corner kick play. Sophomore Stephanie Kaylor served the corner in the right spot, and Mahoney fired a header past Mitchell to effectively put the evening away for BU. The Dawgs added a third goal at 60:24 when Kotsakis buried a penalty kick. 

Freshman keeper Mackenzie Hopkins played all 90 minutes. She has started two matches in her career and owns two shutouts. She didn't have a save, as BU controlled possession the entire night.

The Bulldogs are at Eastern Michigan Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Butler defeated EMU last season at the Butler Bowl.