September 7, 2008

Hot-Shooting Bulldogs Trump IPFW, 3-0

Indianapolis, Ind. - Carrie Twyman netted a pair of scores and Molly Kruger added another as the Bulldogs dominated visiting IPFW, 3-0, on Sunday (Sept. 7) afternoon at the Butler Bowl. Butler finished with a commanding 23-3 edge on shots in tallying its second victory of the season.

The Bulldogs struck first in the 24th minute of play. Lauren Papierski sent a pass up the left side to Kruger, who crossed the ball to the far post where Twyman tapped in her second strike of the year.

Butler got an impressive strike just over 10 minutes later. After a clearing pass from goalkeeper Laura Baker settled at Kruger's feet 40 yards from the IPFW goal, the Butler midfielder shook her defender and hit a booming shot over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper for a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.

The second half was all Bulldogs, as Butler out-shot the Mastodons 13-1 in the period alone. Twyman found pay-dirt 15 minutes into the second, hitting a seven-yard strike from the left side off a cross from Courtney Lord.

"We have been so good defensively the last three games, it was nice to be rewarded by a great offensive showing," head coach Tari St. John said. "In the days prior to the game, we talked about getting offensive contributions from everybody on the field, not just from the forwards. When you have your goalkeeper showing up in the assist column; I think you have everybody on the same page."

Baker had a fairly uneventful 60-plus minutes in net for the Bulldogs, making one save while getting her second win of the year.

Twyman finished with a team-high eight shots, while Kruger and Maite Bastyr added three shots a piece.

"When we see performances like this from Carrie, it makes us believe she is ready to help carry this team offensively," St. John added. "For the last three games, Kruger has been doing things for us that don't show up in the stat book. Having had a part in all three goals today goes to show just how dangerous she can be for us."

Butler hits the road for the first of four-straight away games when it takes on Saint Louis on Friday (Sept. 12) beginning at 8:00 p.m.