September 29, 2012

Bulldogs Open Conference Play With Scoreless Draw

INDIANAPOLIS - In its first Atlantic-10 match of the season, the Butler women's soccer team controlled play throughout the night, outshooting St. Louis 23-8. However, the host Bulldogs were unable to find the net as they finished in a 0-0 double-overtime draw.

18 of Butler's 23 shots came from freshman midfielder Sophia Maccagnone and sophomore forward Elise Kotsakis, who recorded nine shots each.

"That stat line is always a bit misleading," Butler head coach Tari St. John said following the match. "I thought a lot of our shots came from distance and really didn't test the goalkeeper at all."

The Bulldogs (6-3-2, 0-0-1) did have a few scoring opportunities from close range, including a near goal by Kotsakis in the 69th minute that St. Louis senior goalie Katie Walsh deflected away.

"Those are the chances you have to put away," St. John said. "If you're inside the 6-yard line, you have to find a way to put those in the back of the net. We need to do a better job of creating those opportunities and putting them in the net."

St. John remained optimistic following the match, noting her team's ability to hold the Billikens (2-5-3, 0-0-1) scoreless and ensure the tie.

"You have to feel good about coming away with a point now that it is conference time," St. John said. "We could have lost and gone away with zero points today."

Junior goalkeeper Julie Burton helped Butler record its league-leading sixth shutout of the season. The Indianapolis, Ind., native has recorded three shutouts on the year.

The Bulldogs will face a tough test Friday, Oct. 5 when they host the Dayton Flyers at 7 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.

The Flyers (7-3-0, 1-0-0) lead the A-10 in shots, points and goals and are tied with Charlotte, La Salle and Rhode Island for most wins in the conference.

Dayton is led by junior midfielder Juliana Libertin and senior forward Colleen Williams. Libertin and Williams share the A-10 lead for goals scored.