Western Kentucky Squeaks Past Bulldogs, 1-0, In Second OT
Bowling Green, Ky. - Western Kentucky broke a scoreless tie with just 28 seconds remaining in the second overtime to escape with a 1-0 decision over Butler at the Western Kentucky Soccer Complex on Sunday (August 31) afternoon.
The Bulldogs battled the Lady Toppers through a scoreless 100 minutes and was mere seconds away from nabbing their first draw of the season before WKU's Megan Meinke chipped in the deciding score in the final minute of play.
"It is difficult to put forth that kind of effort and not come away with a result," head coach Tari St. John said. "Soccer can be a very punishing sport; we worked hard for 109 minutes but let up for one moment and lost an opportunity for a result because of it. This is the type of lesson you hope we only need to be taught once."
Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Baker was solid in the net, notching five saves in the match, including a clutch stop on penalty kick in the second period.
Junior Lindsey Fox paced the Bulldogs with three shots, including a pair on goal.
"Each day we strive to get better," St. John added, "and, as painful as it was, I believe this game has made us a stronger team."
Butler returns to action on Friday (Sept. 5) when it heads to Cullowhee, N.C. for a 12:00 noon match with Western Carolina.