April 14, 2009

Women's Soccer Wraps Up Successful Spring Campaign

Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's soccer team closed our an impressive spring season this weekend, capping 4-1 campaign with a 3-0 shut-out victory over host Ball State. The Bulldogs also picked up a 3-2 decision over Evansville the previous weekend before falling in a tough 2-1 battle at Cincinnati.

Molly Kruger picked up a goal and an assist, while Abbie Kaul and Courtney Lord added strikes of their own to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead against Evansville on April 4. The Purple Aces rallied for a pair of scores later in the game with Butler playing down two players, but the Bulldogs held on for the win.

The following evening against Cincinnati, Butler rallied to tie the contest before the half on a strike from Kruger off a pass from Carrie Twyman, but the host Bearcats hit the go-ahead mark early in the second to come away on top.

"It was obvious we didn't have our legs back yet due to the Evansville game the day before," head coach Tari St. John explained, "but we still battled hard and created plenty of offense."

The season closed on a high note last weekend, as Kruger and Angie Muir each notched a goal and two assists and Twyman chipped in a mark of her own in leading Butler past host Ball State, 3-0.

"We are pleased with how balanced our attack was in the spring," St. John said. "Last fall, we relied too heavily on Kruger to produce goals, but, during the spring, we had three or four players who were regularly in positions to score goals.

"Sharing some of the burden to create goals actually translated to Kruger being even more productive on the offensive end. It was difficult for the opponent's defense to deal with such a dynamic attack.

"One of the things we missed out on last fall was senior leadership, but we will have seven seniors who will be playing their final college season next fall. It was nice to see that they didn't wait until fall season to make their presence felt. They are the true leaders of this team and have been for the past couple of years.

"This was an incredibly successful spring in that, as preparation for next fall, we have put ourselves in a very good place as a team in terms of our physical condition, mentality and the attacking component of our game," St. John continued. "We have accomplished nearly everything we wanted to this spring on a team level and have earned a lot of momentum going into fall season. The team can use that momentum as motivation to work hard over the summer and come into preseason in the best shape possible. We believe we will be able to pickup right where we left off and have an entire freshmen class of depth, pace and goal scoring ability to aid us."

 

Final Spring Results

Butler 3, Xavier 1
Abbie Kaul (from Molly Kruger)
Lauren Papierski (from Carrie Twyman)
Abbie Kaul (unassisted)

 

Butler 1, Iowa State 0
Angie Muir (from Courtney Lord)

Butler 3, Evansville 2
Courtney Lord (from Kenzie Kokta)
Molly Kruger (from Jessica Schein)
Abbie Kaul (from Molly Kruger)

 

Cincinnati 2, Butler 1
Molly Kruger (from Carrie Twyman)

 

Butler 3, Ball State 0
Angie Muir (from Molly Kruger)
Molly Kruger (from Angie Muir)
Carrie Twyman (from Molly Kruger and Angie Muir)