INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Freshman midfielder Sophia Maccagnone scored two goals in the first half to lead Butler to a 2-1 Senior Day victory over Youngstown State. Maccagnone leads the Bulldogs with seven goals on the season and is now tied for most individual goals in the Atlantic-10.
"It was a really good win, especially being Senior Day," Maccagnone said following the win. "We just wanted to put as much work in as they have over the past four years."
The Shelby Township, Mich., native got Butler (6-3-1) off to a quick start, scoring her first goal in the game's fourth minute. Maccagnone drove past multiple YSU defenders before firing a strike from 25 yards out to beat YSU junior goalkeeper Ali Viola.
Just nine minutes later, Maccagnone scored another unassisted goal, this time from 22 yards out.
The Bulldogs carried the 2-0 lead into halftime, but YSU (4-4-0) refused to go down without a fight in the second half.
The Penguins narrowed their deficit to one goal when sophomore forward Jade Flory scored in the 59th minute, making it a 2-1 game.
"Youngstown State presented us with some challenges we hadn't really faced," Butler head coach Tari St. John said. "It's always a weird phycology when you go up 2-0. Some girls have the mentality to keep attacking while other girls have the mentality to stay back and defend."
The Bulldogs' defense stood strong and eventually clinched the 2-1 win, Butler's third straight victory.
"I think it's great momentum to take into A-10 play."
Butler outshot the Penguins 18-12 on the day, while junior goalkeeper Julie Burton picked up her third win in four tries.
The Bulldogs will begin conference play Saturday, Sept. 29 when it hosts Saint Louis at 1 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.
The Billikens (2-5-2) have been outscored 13-6 by opponents. Saint Louis is led by freshman midfielder Jamei Borges and junior forward Jenny Hummert who have both scored twice on the season.