Bulldogs Mount Late Rally, But Fall 2-1 at Dayton
Sept. 28, 2004
Visiting Butler mounted a late rally, but couldn't overcome a two-goal deficit at Dayton Tuesday night. Senior Rachel Pivarnik's goal off a penalty kick with just under eight minutes to play gave the Bulldogs hope, but Dayton was able to turn away several late scoring chances and hold on for the 2-1 win. With the win, Dayton improves to 8-1, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-4-2.
"We proved tonight that we can play with one of the best teams in the region," said coach Woody Sherwood, referring to Dayton, which has appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments and finished the 2003 season ranked No. 22 in the nation. "Unfortunately, once again we were on the wrong side of a one-goal decision. We created a couple of good chances in the last few minutes, but couldn't find one to tie it up. This is the kind of match that will prepare us for conference play."
Sophomore Caitlin Gill's inspired play early in the match sparked the Bulldogs. The forward hit the post with a shot in the ninth minute and then forced Flyers goalie Stacy DeLuca to make an impressive save in the 17th minute, punching away Gill's attempt at a top-shelf goal. Gill joined teammates Marcie Stucky and Kate Lord with two shots apiece.
Courtney Sirmans scored the first of her two goals with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. The six-foot forward headed in a corner kick from Stacy Palumbo. Early in the second half, Sirmans collected a Butler turnover and launched a shot from 25 yards out that ricocheted off the left post and into the net. That goal would prove to be a very valuable insurance goal.
With just under eight minutes to play, junior Meredith Buemi was fouled by a Dayton defender attempting a run at the top of the box. Pivarnik would send home the ensuing penalty kick for her second goal on the season--both on penalty kicks--to pull the Bulldogs within one. However, Dayton was able to fend out several runs from Butler to seal the win.
Dayton out-shot the Bulldogs, 17-9, but Butler's defense would bend but not break for most of the game, as a steady drizzle fell for much of the second half. Freshman Annalise Larkin got the start in goal before senior Katie Sanders subbed in for her at the beginning of the second half. It was Sanders' first action of the season after a series of ailments kept her out of the first seven matches. Sophomore Megan Cappa played the last 20 minutes of the match. The trio combined for four saves on the night.
The Bulldogs, playing their first of six matches in a 14-day span, have an important weekend ahead. Butler hosts defending league tournament champion Loyola Friday at Varsity Field before traveling to Detroit for a league match against the Titans Sunday. Friday's match begins at 3:30 p.m.