October 21, 2012

Bulldogs Tie Saint Joseph's In Final Home Match

INDIANAPOLIS -- Outshooting Saint Joseph's 32-4, the Butler women's soccer team controlled play throughout the day Sunday, but the Bulldogs could not find the net, finishing in a 0-0 double overtime draw. Butler entered the match tied with the Hawks (8-5-4, 3-1-3) for fifth place in the Atlantic-10.

Freshman midfielder Sophia Maccagnone was one of four Butler players to attempt five or more shots on the day. Maccagnone paced the Bulldogs (9-4-4, 3-1-3) with nine shots, while sophomore forward Elise Kotsakis attempted six.

Junior defenders Olivia Colosimo and Ali Backscheider each finished with five shots. Backscheider led the Bulldogs with three shots on goal.

"Our problem today wasn't putting shots on target," Butler head coach Tari St. John said following the draw. "We had nine shots on goal. I put the onus on us to be able to finish a few goals, which I thought we were capable of doing today. We just didn't have that extra focus and concentration."

Saint Joseph's senior goalkeeper Christine Neal made six of her nine saves in the second half, as the Hawks held off the Bulldogs' dominant offensive attack.

Six Bulldogs played the entire 110 minutes, including senior forward Rachael Melendez.

"Melendez put out so many fires for us today that could have been goal-scoring opportunities for them," St. John said. "It doesn't matter if it's the 108th minute. You can't take her out of the game."

With the tie, the Bulldogs now have 12 points in conference, keeping them among the league's top eight teams and eligible for the conference tournament.

"I feel like we let a couple points slip away in terms of the three points we could have gotten from a win today," St. John said. "It puts a little more pressure on us. We definitely need to regroup and have a different focus going in to this final weekend."

The match was Butler's final home contest of the season. The Bulldogs recored a 7-1-3 record at the Butler Bowl this year.

Butler will end the regular season on the road next weekend with matches against George Washington (Oct. 26) and Charlotte (Oct. 28).