September 14, 2003

Bulldogs Fall to Xavier 2-1 Sunday

Sept. 14, 2003

Box Score

The Bulldogs dropped their second straight decision Sunday, falling 2-1 to Xavier at Varsity Field. The Musketeers (3-1-1) tallied goals in the tenth and 75th minutes. A late goal by senior Krista Rott wasn't enough to pull the Bulldogs back into the match as Butler fell to 3-2-1 on the season.

Xavier's Tracy Veith found the ball in front of the goal after a few deflections off Lindsay Yonadi's direct kick and put her shot in the back of the net. That score put the Musketeers up 1-0 ten minutes into the game. The teams would battle back and forth until the 75th minute when Yonadi's corner kick deflected off a Butler defender and found the net.

"We actually played very well this weekend, despite the scores," said coach Woody Sherwood. "It was very disappointing to thoroughly outplay a good team like Xavier, and come away with a loss.

"To Xavier's credit they allowed only one goal. Overall, our team defending was great this weekend. A few costly mistakes though and we end up 0-2 for the weekend (including Friday's 3-0 loss to Indiana). Our goal all along has been to get prepared for conference play, which begins on Sunday."

Butler tried to mount a rally, highlighted by Rott's athletic bicycle kick goal off a Kristin Harnest corner in the 83rd minute. However, Xavier's defense tightened up over the last few minutes, not allowing the Bulldogs any good looks at the goal.

Xavier's defense did a nice job not allowing any Butler breakaways on the afternoon. The Musketeers also bottled up sophomore Meredith Buemi, who led the Bulldogs with nine points on the season entering the match.

Andrea Garber got the win for Xavier, allowing one goal and making 12 saves. Butler's Megan Cappa took the loss for the home team, falling to 1-1 on the season. The freshman netminder allowed two goals, while stopping ten shots. The teams combined for 20 fouls on the afternoon as the match got more physical as it progressed.

Butler hosts IUPUI Thursday at 4 p.m. at Varsity Field before gearing up for a Horizon League showdown with league power UW-Milwaukee Sunday.