Late Goal Lifts Butler Past Eastern Illinois, 1-0
Aug. 18, 2007
Junior Angie Muir found the back of the net from 20 yards out with less than five minutes remaining on the clock to lead Butler to a 1-0 victory over visiting Eastern Illinois in a women's exhibition soccer match at Varsity Field on Saturday (Aug. 18). The match was the first 2007 test for the Bulldogs.
Muir ended a scoreless deadlock with just 4:51 left on the clock. She actually started the decisive play with a long pass to sophomore Lindsey Fox, who went one-on-one with Eastern's goalkeeper Kaylin Lorbert. Fox fired a point-blank shot at the goal, but Lorbert deflected the attempt.
Fox regained the ball and slipped a pass to Muir, who fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net before Lorbert could recover. The game-winner capped a second half effort that saw the Bulldogs unleash 13 shots, including eight shots on goal!
"You always like it when you win and you come away with five or six things to work on," said Butler coach Tari St. John of her team's preseason effort. "We didn't do much large field work (in practice), but we concentrated on competing and battling, and that's what you saw today."
The two squads battled to a 0-0 tie in a first half that saw Butler post an 8-3 advantage in shots. Butler had two shots on goal in the first 45:00, while Eastern Illinois had one.
The Bulldogs, behind Muir, Fox, sophomore Carrie Twyman and freshman Courtney Lord, turned up the heat in the second half. Muir and Lord each had three shots on goal, Fox had two and Twyman added one in the final period. Lorbert recorded eight saves in the half.
Muir finished with a match-high six shots, while Twyman and Fox each had five. Lord added three shots, all on goal. Kellie Floyd led the Panthers with a pair of shots, both on goal.
The Bulldogs will return to action with an exhibition match at Illinois on Friday, August 24. That match in Champaign, Ill., is slated for 6 p.m. (CT).