Louisville Tops Bulldogs In Season Opener, 3-1
Indianapolis, Ind. - A first-half goal by freshman Mandi Kotynski brought the host Bulldogs even with Louisville at 1-1, but the Cardinals would add a pair of unanswered strikes to come away with a 3-1 decision over Butler on Friday (August 22) evening at the Butler Bowl.
Louisville wasted little time in getting on the board, as Lindsay Boling netted a cross from Chelsea Spencer just 48 seconds into the match. The Cardinal defense, meanwhile, prevented the Bulldogs from developing anything on offense for much of the first period.
After entering the contest in the 35th minute of play, Kotynski had not even finished her first collegiate minute on the field before finding the ball at her feet off a pass from Sarah Phelps and sending an arcing liner to the upper right corner of the goal for the equalizing score.
The Bulldogs would be unable to get the go-ahead tally it needed, however, as the Cardinals reclaimed the advantage just five minutes later before adding an insurance mark less than three minutes into the second period. Butler began to break down the Louisville defenders in the second half, getting several good looks around the net, but the effort was not enough in the end.
The Cardinals held a 9-to-5 advantage on shots, including a 5-1 difference in the opening half.
Butler returns to action on Sunday (August 24) when it welcomes DePaul to town for a 1:00 p.m. match at the Butler Bowl.