September 22, 2013

Maccagnone Leads Butler to 1-0 Win over IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer team improved to 7-1-2 overall on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 shutout win at IUPUI. The Bulldogs controlled much of the action against the Jaguars, but it was a penalty kick from sophomore Sophia Maccagnone that made the difference as Butler came up with a late goal to win the match.

Maccagnone connected on her sixth goal of the season against the Jaguars to lead Butler to victory. Sunday's contest featured a red and yellow card against IUPUI in the second half which allowed Butler to earn their seventh win of the year.

"We haven't had to solve this type of game yet this year," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John explained. "We had so much possession time in the final third, but I thought IUPUI did well to make spaces small. It was difficult for us to breakdown in the first half and in the second half I thought we were a bit more creative and assertive on the attack which resulted in numerous chances. I believe it set up the red card foul as well as the penalty kick."

Butler dominated multiple aspects of the game as they outshot IUPUI 24-4 and took six corner kicks compared to just one from the Jags. The entire defensive unit was also on-point as IUPUI was unable to take a shot on goal against Julie Burton. The story was much different on the other end as Giselle Guzman had to make eight saves as the Jaguar keeper.

"I am proud of the defensive effort we displayed today," St. John added. "You're always pleased with a clean sheet, but this is the second game this season where we didn't allow a shot on goal."

The Bulldogs will ride this momentum into the BIG EAST conference opener as they play at Villanova on Thursday, Sept. 26 followed by a Sunday match at Seton Hall on Sept. 29.