Late Goal Leads Butler To Tie At Richmond

Late Goal Leads Butler To Tie At Richmond
Jackie Hafele

RICHMOND, Va. - Down 2-1 with time running out, the Butler women's soccer team got a goal from junior Jackie Hafele to tie the match 2-2. The Bulldogs went on to tie the Spiders to remain unbeaten in A-10 play.

In what was Butler's first conference road match, the Dawgs got what head coach Tari St. John called "a hard-earned point."

"We didn't play particularly well, but a lot of that had to do with how well Richmond played," St. John said. "I was proud of the team to find a way to get a result in a game where things weren't clicking."

BU (8-3-3, 2-0-2) had an early lead when sophomore Elise Kotsakis scored in the third minute. Kotsakis beat a UR defender near the top of the box and fired a low shot inside the far post. It was her third goal of the year and second of the last week.

Richmond scored twice - once in each half - and appeared to be heading toward a win. In the final seconds sophomore Olivia Colosimo served a ball into the box, where UR keeper Andrea Young mispalyed the ball. Hafele was there to from 15 yards out to tie the match.

"Jackie is a gamer. She always has been," St. John said. "If we can, we like to have her in when the game is on the line. She certainly delivered tonight."

Neither team scored in 20 minutes of extra time. Butler did manage eight shots in the overtime periods.

Butler keeper Julie Burton faced 12 tries on goal and made a career-high 10 saves. Richmond managed advantages in shots (31-19) and corner kicks (6-2).

The Bulldogs, now on a red hot 5-0-2 stretch, will play at VCU Sunday, Oct. 14.