Harnest's Goal Secures Tie with N.C. State

Sept. 19, 2004

After being washed out by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan Friday, the Bulldogs finally saw action in the state of North Carolina Sunday, playing North Carolina State to a 2-2 draw. Butler got goals from senior Rachel Pivarnik and sophomore Kristin Harnest to secure the tie. With the result, the Bulldogs now stand at 2-2-2, while the Wolfpack remain unbeaten at 6-0-2.

Pivarnik, one of the team's two captains, got the Bulldogs on the board early, sending home a penalty kick at the 6:20 mark of the first half. The home team countered in the 17th minute, as Erin Griswold went top left corner to score her sixth goal of the season.

The Bulldogs faced a 2-1 deficit after Lydia McBath scored an unassisted goal for the Wolfpack in the 61st minute. But Harnest found the net in the 69th minute, taking a pass from sophomore Jamie Martin and depositing it in the bottom corner.

From there, the teams played more than 40 minutes without a deciding goal. Freshman Annalise Larkin got the start in goal for the Bulldogs, making three saves and allowing two goals in 65 minutes of action. Sophomore Megan Cappa subbed in for Larkin and went 45 minutes without allowing a goal, while making one save. Megan Conners went the distance in net for N.C. State.

The Wolfpack out-shot the Bulldogs, 16-6, but the Bulldogs made the most of their three shots on goal, scoring on two of them.

The Bulldogs open Horizon League play Friday with a 6 p.m. start against Wright State. The match will be played at Carmel High School, just north of Indianapolis.