INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead heading into the final minute of regulation, but a Seattle goal with 44 seconds remaining on the game clock sent the match into overtime. After 20 extra minutes, neither team was able to score giving each club their first tie of the season. Butler moves to 4-1-1 on the year while the Redhawks leave the Butler Bowl with a 2-1-1 overall mark.
Sophia Maccagnone connected on a free kick in the 58th minute of the second half to give Butler the 1-0 edge. Maccagnone hit a shot from 27 yards out, beating the keeper to the left side. The sophomore now has a team-high four goals on the season.
"I thought Seattle made some adjustments after our goal that caused us some problems defensively," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John explained. "To their credit, it changed the complexion of the game because I thought we were pretty dominant up until that point. To our credit, I thought we defended brilliantly, but were let down by a couple of really poor decisions in the final minutes of regulation. We will learn from that and we will be better for it later in the season."
Maccagnone kept busy on Friday night as she led the team with six shots, two of which were on goal. Elise Kotsakis was also active as she ended the match with five shots. Kotsakis had good looks in both the first and second overtime, but was unable to put it home as the Redhawks goalkeeper held strong with five saves.
"In the overtime, we found ourselves once again offensively," St. John added. "We created enough opportunities that, on most days, I think would win us the game."
Kiana Kraft scored the game tying goal for Seattle. The redshirt-sophomore collected the ball at her feet and drilled a shot past Julie Burton from 20 yards out to net her first goal of the season. The Redbirds were outshot 18-8 and they faced 13 Butler corner kicks, but the end result was even as the teams played to a 1-1 tie.
"We can't dwell on what could have been," St. John stated. "We will take the result and begin preparation for a very good Eastern Michigan side coming in on Sunday."
Sunday's match against Eastern Michigan will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.