Butler Rallies Past DePaul For First Win Of 2008

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler rallied with a pair of second-half scores, coming on a penalty kick by Sarah Phelps and a five-yard chip-in by Carrie Twyman, as the Bulldogs came away with a 2-1 victory over visiting DePaul on Sunday (August 24) afternoon at the Butler Bowl.

The win gives the Bulldogs their first win of the year as they improve to 1-1 on the season. DePaul falls to 0-2 with the loss.

Butler found itself on the short end of a 1-0 contest midway through the first period before the Blue Demons were whistled for a foul of Twyman inside the 18-yard box and setting up a potential game-tying penalty kick. Phelps was summoned to take the shot and delivered with a low liner to the left corner for her first goal of the season.

The game remained deadlocked until the final five minutes of play, when Abbie Kaul sent a long ball up the right side to Phelps, who settled the ball about 15 yards from the net before crossing it to the left. The pass found its way through traffic in front of the goal to Twyman, who chipped in the go-ahead mark in the 87th minute of play.

"We ask Phelps to do a lot for us on both sides of the ball," head coach Tari St. John said. "To be able to make the run she made in the last minutes of a very tiring game and setup the game winning goal was inspiring. For her, she's just doing her job.

"Twyman scored the game winning goal and she put herself in position to earn us a penalty kick," St. John added. "Each year Carrie has had more and more of an impact and this year doesn't look to be any different."

The Bulldogs found themselves in 1-0 deficit for the second straight match, as Beth Perry hooked a corner kick into the box where Dominique Locascio headed in first score of the contest in the 42nd minute.

"It takes a team with a lot of heart and character to be able to come back from a goal deficit, especially coming off of a Friday loss," St. John said. "I am very proud of the team's effort and focus."

Butler goalkeeper Laura Baker played the full 90 minutes, recording six saves to notch her first victory as a Bulldog.

The Bulldogs hit the road for the first time in 2008 when they take on Western Kentucky on August 31 at 1:00 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ky.