Mahoney Leads Butler Past Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Butler Bulldogs improved to 3-1 overall early in the 2013 season with a 2-1 overtime win over Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon. Kelly Mahoney scored a header goal off a Stephanie Kaylor corner kick to win the game.

"In the short time Lindsay has been at BG, she has done a great job with her team," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John said. "Although we had plenty of shots, it was difficult to find any real quality ones in the final third. It took two quality set pieces to get us back in the game and score the golden goal."

Bowling Green scored early in the second half to break the scoreless tie as Ashley Garr connected on a header goal off a corner kick from Madeline Wideman in the 46th minute. The lead wouldn't last as Sophia Maccagnone tied the game off a free kick from 18 yards out in the 59th minute.

Each team had their chances, but no shots found the net as the two programs were forced into overtime. The Bulldogs attacked quickly in the extra session as Ali Backscheider forced Lauren Cadel into a save and Elise Kotsakis hit the post in the 91st minute.

Butler continued to spray shots at the BGSU keeper as Serina Kashimoto took a shot on goal followed by a wide shot from McKenzie Muchow and a high shot from Kotsakis.

The final attempt sealed the win as Kaylor took the corner kick and Mahoney finished off the Falcons in OT with her second goal of the season.

"I am very happy with the fight and composure we showed to come back from 1-0 and to get the game winner," St. John stated. "We weren't clicking today and it certainly wasn't our best day in terms of our decision making. We just werent sharp. Teams that want to be successful need to find ways to win on these kinds of days. From that stand point, it is a very good result for us."  

The Bulldogs forced the action all game long taking 15 shots on goal compared to just five for Bowling Green. The overall shot total was 37-7 as BGSU ended the match with 13 saves compared to just four for Julie Burton.

"Giving up a goal was disappointing," St. John said. "The team prides themselves on clean sheets. I know this will renew our defensive discipline and sharpness going forward." 

Butler nearly scored in the opening minutes of the match by creating two great scoring opportunities as Elise Kotsakis fired a shot that was blocked at the goal line by a Bowling Green defender. Moments later it was Sophia Maccagnone with the scoring chance, but her shot hit the crossbar at the 9:05 mark to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

The team will return to action with road match at IPFW on Monday, Sept. 1. First kick is scheduled for 6 p.m.