Bulldogs Drop BIG EAST Opener at Villanova

PHILADELPHIA – The Butler women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss at Villanova in the 2013 BIG EAST conference opener on Thursday night. The Wildcats scored one goal in the first and added an insurance goal in the second to earn the 2-0 victory.

"Villanova is a very physical and direct team who play from back to front very quickly and work very hard closing down space," Co-Head Coach Rob Alman explained. "I thought we were fantastic at breaking their high pressure and found a lot of success in possession in the first half. I also thought our movement off the ball and speed of play were top class and we caused them a lot of problems."

Christina Camassa put Villanova on top with the first goal of the game off a double assist from Caitlin Forte and Renee Hart. Camassa ripped a shot from nearly 20 yards out in the 37th minute of action to give the Wildcats the lead.

"The goal just before halftime came out of nothing and was a bit of a freak goal which really hit us hard and put us on our heels," Alman added. "We responded well in the second half in terms of work rate but ultimately Villanova won too many battles in the air. They did well to deny us a way back into the game."

The second goal of the match was scored by Victoria Gersh who connected on her second goal of the season off an assist from Katie Martin.

Butler (7-2-3) tasted defeat for the first time since Aug. 23 when they took a 2-0 setback to Louisville in the season-opener. The team used two keepers against Villanova on Thursday as Julie Burton and Mackenzie Hopkins each played a half. Burton made two saves in the match and Hopkins added one. Each keeper allowed one goal.

"I believe the group will rebound and be physically and mentally stronger for our next road game on Sunday," Alman said. "Our great play with the ball and quality in possession needs to be backed up with the physical element that the BIG EAST demands. We have displayed that toughness in the past, but today Villanova was the better team in that regard."

Butler will return to action with a road match at Seton Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29. First kick is scheduled for 1 p.m.