September 21, 2003

Bulldogs Drop League Opener to UWM

Sept. 21, 2003

Box Score

UW-Milwaukee only had one shot on goal Sunday afternoon, but they made the most of it. In the 84th minute of a scoreless match, Ginny Graczyk sent a corner kick toward the Butler goal. Lisa Bengtsson touched it to Taylor Powell, who scored right in front of the net. The score was Powell's first of the year and the first tally for the Panthers, who improved to 1-5-1. The 1-0 loss drops the Bulldogs to 4-3-1 and 0-1 in Horizon League play.

The Bulldogs controlled the tempo for most of the match and had a chance to pull ahead four minutes into the second half when senior Amy Pike took a breakaway pass and touched one past Panther keeper Molly Schneider, only to have the ball hit the right post before being cleared by the Panthers' defense.

"Of course we're disappointed with the loss," said coach Woody Sherwood. "That's probably the first time in four years that we've clearly outplayed (UW-Milwaukee). As usual, they're very organized defensively and don't give up many goals."

Both teams played two goalies in the match. For the Bulldogs, junior Katie Sanders started the match, while freshman Megan Cappa played the entire second half. Cappa (2-2) took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing the Panthers' goal. Neither Butler keeper made a save, as the goal was the lone shot of 12 total to be on goal. Molly Schneider (1-3) got the win for the Panthers, making one save in 45 second-half minutes. Kerri St. Aubin made four saves in the first half for the visitors.

The teams combined for 34 fouls in the match. The Panthers outshot Butler 12-8, but the Bulldogs had the advantage in shots on goal 5-1.

The Panthers have now won the last eight meetings between the two schools. Additionally, it is UW-Milwaukee who has eliminated the Bulldogs from the last four Horizon League tournaments. That Panthers have not lost a Horizon League regular season match since Oct. 27, 1999, at UW-Green Bay.

The Bulldogs now travel to Terre Haute for a match-up against Indiana State Friday at 4 p.m. From there, the Bulldogs head to Chicago for a Horizon League contest against Loyola. That game is a noon start. After concluding the team's four-match homestand Sunday, the Bulldogs are away from Varsity Field until Oct. 10 when they host UW-Green Bay. The trip to ISU is the first in a five-match road swing that includes stops at Loyola, IPFW, Youngstown State and Notre Dame.