Sept. 12, 2004
After a well-played 110 minutes of action, Butler and Kent State had to settle for a 1-1 tie Sunday at Victory Field, as the Bulldogs improve to 2-2-1, while Kent State, last season's Mid-American Conference regular season champions, remains undefeated at 4-0-2. The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first thanks to one of the greatest goals that coach Woody Sherwood had ever seen.
Less than five minutes after having a goal disallowed because of a controversial foul, junior Meredith Buemi left no doubt in the 20th minute. From the top of the box, sophomore Caitlin Gill turned and feed a cutting Buemi in the left side of the box. Buemi took a touch and netted her second goal of the season. Junior Kate Lord started the play with a touch pass to Gill through traffic.
"This was a great college soccer match today," said coach Woody Sherwood. "There was a very high level of play out there, including our goal, which was one of the greatest goals that I've ever seen scored. Both teams played extremely well and this is the way that we need to battle to be successful in conference play."
Kent State answered in the 34th minute, as freshman Lisa Kurz sent home a penalty kick after a teammate was tackled in the box. It was Kurz' second goal of the season.
Freshman Annalise Larkin went the distance in net for the Bulldogs, posting four saves while only allowing the penalty kick. She now stands at 1-1-1 on the year. Alicia Fernandez earned the tie for Kent State.
Buemi led the Bulldogs with five shots, including three on goal, while Gill, Kristin Harnest and Marianne Schilling each fired three shots. Schilling had a shot hit the post in the 84th minute of the tied match.
Butler out-shot the Golden Flashes 19-15, while each team had five corner kicks. Kent State committed three more fouls (18-15) on the afternoon and had two players receive yellow cards.
Every healthy field player saw action for Sherwood's team as the team prepares for a weekend trip to North Carolina for matches against Elon Friday and North Carolina State Sunday. The Bulldogs' next home match is Friday, Sept. 24 against Wright State at Carmel High School. That match opens the Horizon League schedule.