Sept. 24, 2004
Wright State used two second-half goals just more than two minutes apart to overcome a 1-0 deficit and defeat Butler in the league-opener for both teams Friday. For the Bulldogs, sophomore Marianne Schilling scored her first collegiate goal to get the host Bulldogs on the board first in the match played at Carmel High School, just north of Indianapolis. With the win, the Raiders improve to 5-4 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-3-2.
Schilling's goal came in the 27th minute as she took a feed from Meredith Buemi and shot at the bottom right corner from six yards out. The score remained 1-0 for the rest of the half. After a frantic start to the second half by the Bulldogs, the Raiders countered in the 58th minute as Rose Nigro took a loose ball in front of the goal and deposited it in the bottom left corner to tie the score at one.
Just over two minutes later, Jodie Shoaf collected a Butler turnover and nailed a shot from 15 yards out into the top right corner. The goal proved to be the game-winner for the Raiders, who entered the match ranked 14th in the region by Soccer Buzz Magazine.
"This was another great college match between two competitive teams," said Butler coach Woody Sherwood. "We've talked all season about how big mistakes can cost you and we made two tonight. To Wright State's credit, they made us pay for them.
"Of course, with the events of earlier today, we understand that soccer is not the most important thing in life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Davis' family."
The Bulldogs out-shot Wright State, 17-13, but the Raiders owned a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks. Freshman Annalise Larkin made five saves for the Bulldogs, playing the match on her prep field. For the Raiders, Steph Comisar went the distance in net, taking the win for the Raiders by making one save.
Butler returns to action Tuesday night with a match at Dayton. The Bulldogs and Flyers are scheduled to tangle at 7:30 p.m. (ET, 6:30 p.m. Indianapolis time).