SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Butler women's soccer team fell to 7-3-2 overall with a 3-1 setback at Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs are now 0-2 in the BIG EAST.
"Hats off to Seton Hall," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John said. "They were extremely opportunistic and punished our mistakes with goals. They were more physical than us and did well to secure the win."
The Pirates scored the lone goal of the first half and then added two late in the second stanza to earn the win. Elise Kotsakis put Butler on the scoreboard in the 66th minute with her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Sophia Maccagnone. Maccagnone leads the team with seven assists on the season.
"I was pleased with the way we responded after going a goal down," St. John added. "It was a much improved response from Thursday. We dominated play to start the second half and were relentless with runs forward out of the midfield. Elise's quality finish was nicely set up by Sophie."
The match was tied at 1-1 with roughly 10 minutes to play on the game clock. Ashley Clarke gave Seton Hall the lead with her second goal of the season in the 80th minute of action and Kaitlyn Ritter sealed the victory with her second goal of the game in the 83rd minute. Amie Ruhe assisted on the Clarke goal and D'Yonna Riley hooked up with Ritter on the final goal of the game.
Seton Hall out shot Butler 15-10 on Sunday afternoon. Each team took two corner kicks and made five saves. Mackenzie Hopkins was in goal for Butler for all 90 minutes. She made five stops while allowing three goals. Jennifer Pettigrew was the keeper for the Pirates. She made four stops as Seton Hall also came up with a team save.
Maccagnone and Kelly Mahoney each took three shots for Butler against Seton Hall. All three of Mahoney's attempts were on goal.
"We extended a lot of energy and emotion chasing the game and did not quite have it in us to continue to compete at the level we needed to in order to win the game," St. John said. "We put ourselves in that hole, so there is really nobody to blame, but ourselves."
The Bulldogs will return to the Butler Bowl for their next three matches of the season. The team will host No. 10 Georgetown on Thursday, Oct. 3.