Oct. 1, 2004
Butler unleashed a potent offensive attack in the second half and cruised to a 3-0 victory over visiting Loyola in a Horizon League match at Varsity Field on Friday, Oct. 1. The Bulldogs scored three goals in a ten-minute stretch of the final period to improve to 3-4-2 on the year and 1-1 in league play. Loyola fell to 4-4-1 overall and 1-1 in league matches.
Sophomore Caitlin Gill started the Butler uprising with a nifty goal at 50:37. The Butler forward beat a Loyola defender and launched a shot from 20 yards out that curled into the upper right hand corner of the net. It Gill's first 2004 goal and proved to be the game-winner.
The Bulldogs made it 2-0 just seven minutes later when junior Meredith Buemi beat a Loyola defender one-on-one and fired a shot from 12 yards out past Ramblers' goalkeeper Emily Peick and into the lower left corner of the net. The goal was the third of the season for the Butler scoring leader.
Buemi added an assist less than three minutes later. The junior forward served a cross from the left side to freshman Ashley Twehues, who finished the play by blasting a shot from 12 yards out past Peick. It was the first collegiate goal for Twehues.
"We changed the shape we were playing out of at halftime," said Butler head coach Woody Sherwood after the match. "We were more aggressive at the offensive end in the second half. This match really wasn't much different than the recent matches we've had. But finally we were rewarded for the things we were doing, instead of being punished."
The Bulldogs exploded for 10 shots in the final 45 minutes, after attempting just four shots in the first half. Gill led the way with five shots, including two shots on goal, while Twehues added three shots. Butler out-shot Loyola, 14-7 for the match.
Senior Katie Sanders was given the start in goal for the Bulldogs, and she recorded four saves before giving way to sophomore Megan Cappa with just over eight minutes remaining in the contest. The two goalkeepers picked up solid defensive help from senior Kristen Aaltonen and sophomores Kristin Harnest and Julie Backscheider, while recording Butler's third shutout this season.
The Bulldogs will continue Horizon League play on Sunday, Oct. 3, with a match at Detroit. The league contest is slated for 12 noon (EDT).