Sept. 23, 2007
Midfielder Annie Sullivan scored an unassisted goal 32 minutes into the match and that proved to be all that visiting Toledo needed to hand Butler a 1-0 loss in a non-league match at Varsity Field on Sunday (Sept. 23). The decision was Butler's third consecutive one-goal setback and dropped the Bulldogs to 2-5-1 on the season.
Sullivan broke a 0-0 deadlock with an opportunistic goal. Butler goalkeeper Annalise Larkin attempted to dive on a loose ball at the top of the box, but the ball bounced off her hands. Sullivan gathered the ball and fired a shot into an open net at 32:36. It was her first goal of the season and ultimately lifted Toledo to 5-2-1.
Both teams went scoreless for the remainder of the contest, but both squads had solid scoring opportunities. Larkin finished with eight saves, including several on point-blank shots. Toledo goalkeeper Andrea Plewes also posted eight saves, while recording her second shutout of the season.
"We had our opportunities, but came up empty," said Butler head coach Tari St. John after the match. "Our defense played a solid game, and it's unfortunate that the game was decided the way it was. But our players up top have to finish."
The Bulldogs had three solid scoring opportunities in the first five minutes of the second half, but two shots by junior Jenny Southard sailed high and one by junior Angie Muir was stopped by Plewes. Muir also had a shot stopped by Plewes with just under 15 minutes remaining, and the Toledo goalkeeper turned away an open shot by sophomore Lindsey Fox with eight minutes left.
"We stepped it up in the second half, but you can't rely on 45 minutes. We have to play 90 minutes," added St. John.
Muir led the Bulldogs with five shots, all on goal. She had three shots on goal in the first 18 minutes of the contest. Southard, Fox and sophomore Carrie Twyman each added three shots in the match. Toledo had 16 total shots, while Butler finished with 15.
The Bulldogs will begin Horizon League play on Friday, Sept. 28, with a home match against Milwaukee. That contest is slated to be played in the Butler Bowl, beginning at 4:30 p.m.