Aug. 27, 2004
A standing room only crowd of 342 fans showed up at Varsity Field for the women's soccer team's season opener, including a large student contingent who had just finished their third day of classes. But the visiting Cardinals of Louisville spoiled the fun, getting an early goal and holding on for a 1-0 win Friday afternoon. The game's lone goal came when Louisville's Lauren Podvin dribbled just outside the box and sent a shot toward the right side of the goal and found the net in the 21st minute passed the out-stretched reach of sophomore goalkeeper Megan Cappa. The Fairfield, Ohio native got the start in goal for the Bulldogs and made six saves in the first half before giving way to freshman Annalise Larkin. Larkin held the Cardinals scoreless in the second half, making five saves. The Carmel, Ind., product turned away Louisville's only other true scoring opportunity when her diving stop prevented a Mandy Rost goal 15 minutes into the second half. "Our fitness is an issue right now, but that's something that we can work on," said coach Woody Sherwood. "Louisville really took it to us in the first half, but we were able to come back and play well, especially in the last 30 minutes of the match." While the Cardinals were credited with 12 shots on goal in the contest, most were from outside the box without Louisville players attacking. As the game progressed, Butler was able to control the ball more in the Cardinals' half of the field, but even with a late flourish, the Cardinals kept the Bulldogs out of the goal. Sophomore Caitlin Gill led the home team with two shots. Freshman Tiffany Hansen served all 90 minutes in goal for the Cardinals, registering her first career win and shutout. Cappa took the loss for Butler. The Bulldogs travel to Cincinnati for a Sunday contest against Xavier. The teams kick off at 1 p.m. Butler then begins a three-game homestand Thursday when in-state rival Ball State comes to Varsity Field.