DeLong's Second-Half Goal Gives Butler 10th Win

DeLong's Second-Half Goal Gives Butler 10th Win
Randi DeLong

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thanks to a 75th-minute goal by freshman midfielder Randi DeLong, the Butler women's soccer team overcame George Washington 1-0 Friday afternoon, recording its 10th win of the season, the program's most since 2008. The Bulldogs, who extended their unbeaten streak to three matches with the win, entered the contest sitting in fifth place in the Atlantic 10.

DeLong's game-winning goal, the first score of her young career, came off an assist from sophomore forward Elise Kotsakis after 74 minutes of scoreless soccer. The assist was Kotsakis' second of the year.

Kotsakis beat two defenders on the left side before sending a cross to DeLong, who had gained solid positioning inside the box. DeLong then sent a booming kick into the right side of the net to beat George Washington freshman goalkeeper Nicole Fasano.

"DeLong has been solid for us all year," Butler head coach Tari St. John said following the win. "She's a freshman, but has the compsure of an upperclassman."

Junior goalkeeper Julie Burton (7-2-3) picked up her team-best fifth shutout of the season. The Bulldogs (10-4-4, 4-1-3) have recorded nine shutouts this year, most in the A-10.

"I credit the entire squad for the shutout," St. John said.

Individually, St. John noted the impressive play of Burton, defenders Kelly Mahoney and Anna Ventimiglia and midfielder Rachael Melendez.

"They make individual plays and are our team organizers," St. John said. "Once again, Melendez was a rock for us in midfield."

Butler outshot the Colonials (4-12-1, 0-8-0) in the match 10-6. Both teams attempted two corner kicks.

The Bulldogs will look to end its regular season on a positive note in a crucial match against Charlotte Sunday afternoon.

Entering the weekend, Butler trailed fourth-place Charlotte by a single point in the conference standings.

Sunday's match, the final regular season contest for the Bulldogs, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.