Cullowhee, N.C. - For the second-straight match, Butler battled through a scoreless regulation period and first overtime only to have its foe net the game winner in the waning minutes of the final extra frame, as Western Carolina netted the only score of the match in the 105th minute of play to hand the Bulldogs a 1-0 defeat on Friday (Sept. 5) afternoon.
With just over five minutes remaining in the second overtime, Western Carolina's Jaycee Patton lined a shot towards the net that Butler goalkeeper Laura Baker cleared away for the save. The rebound found its way to Shannon Fowkes, however, who headed in the deciding point despite valiant save attempt by Baker.
"It is easy to associate a loss with playing poorly," head coach Tari St. John said, "but I do not believe that to be the case in our last two games. Defensively, we have been very solid. If we can continue to keep team's from scoring for over 100 minutes of play, we will start to get some results."
Butler finished with seven shots in the match - all in regulation - with only one on goal. Carrie Twyman paced the squad with three shots, while Molly Kruger added a pair. Baker, meanwhile, made a season-high eight saves in the contest.
"We created more offensive opportunities, including several breakaways, which is a great progression from game one," St. John added. "We are lacking a little courage and confidence to put the ball in the back of the net right now. However, we have a team that hates to lose, so I will not be at all surprised to see some individuals step up for us in the games to follow."
The match was the second-straight time that the Bulldogs forced an opponent into double-overtime. Butler held host Western Kentucky scoreless for over 119 minutes before allowing the deciding goal with 28 seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs return to action Sunday (Sept. 7) when they host IPFW beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Butler Bowl.