Sept. 18, 2003
The Bulldogs improved to 4-2-1 on the season with a 2-1 defeat of crosstown rival IUPUI Thursday afternoon at Varsity Field. Seniors Krista Rott and Amy Pike scored for the Bulldogs, after the Jaguars (1-5) got out to an early 1-0 lead.
Just over one minute into the match, sophomore Jessy Havrilesko took a Sarah Leonard pass on a breakaway and sent the first shot of the game past Bulldogs' goalie Katie Sanders. The tally was Havrilesko's second goal of the season.
Rott scored three minutes later for the Bulldogs off a Kristin Harnest cross. The goal was Rott's third on the season and moved her into sole possession of fifth place on Butler's career goals list. Harnest also assisted on Rott's score Sunday in the loss to Xavier.
In the 55th minute, Pike took a pass from Rott in front of Jaguar keeper Jessie Mann and put the Bulldogs up 2-1. The game-winner was Pike's second goal of the season. Sophomore Meredith Buemi also was credited with an assist on the play.
Coach Woody Sherwood was pleased with the win, but saw some things to be corrected before Sunday's Horizon League opener against UW-Milwaukee.
"Offensively, we were dangerous at times," he said. "But we've got to double the number of opportunities that we give ourselves. IUPUI deserves a lot of credit; they were organized defensively and executed their game plan of getting numbers behind the ball.
"Defensively we had been sound all season since the Purdue (exhibition loss) game until today. We gave up a lot of chances just because we weren't organized defensively."
Megan Cappa (2-1) got the win for the Bulldogs. The freshman played the second half, making two saves. Katie Sanders played the first half in goal for the Bulldogs, allowing one goal and making one save. Mann (1-5) took the loss for the Jaguars.
The Bulldogs finish off their four-game homestand Sunday with the Horizon League opener against UW-Milwaukee. The action at Varsity Field begins at noon. The game concludes Butler's homecoming weekend and is also Chick-fil-A Kids' Day.