Oct. 2, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's soccer team scored four second half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Indiana State on Wednesday at Varsity Field. The non-conference win lifts the Bulldogs to 7-2-0 on the season, the program's best start since the 1996 campaign, when Butler went 7-1-1 initially. The Sycamores dropped to 5-6-1 with the loss.
After a scoreless first period, Ashlie Voerg got ISU on the board less than two minutes into the second half, as her header from Natalie Contosta's cross put the Sycamores up 1-0. Butler retaliated quickly, though, when Krista Rott took the feed from Amy Pike, to score from 11 yards out at the 48:39 mark.
Rott scored her second goal of the game, and her fourth of the season, when her left side shot blasted past the diving ISU keeper. Rott, who scored at 80:44, was assisted by Meredith Buemi on the play.
Seniors Martha Gudiel and Amy Morrison then added insurance goals in the final minutes of the match to seal the win for the Bulldogs. Gudiel's goal came after she got the rebound from an unsuccessful shot attempt by Morrison that hit the crossbar. Morrison then scored the final goal of the game, with just three seconds remaining, off of a breakaway pass from Annie Doerr.
"Our team underestimated Indiana State," said head coach Woody Sherwood. "We let them in the game, and they took it to us and played even with us for the first eighty minutes. ISU deserved a better result than what they got today. We missed our chances early, which could've put the game away, but to our credit, we finished our opportunities late in the game."
Butler outshot the Sycamores 18-8 on the match. Butler goalkeeper Amber Stauch went the distance collecting four saves. ISU keeper Nicole Niman, who played the entire second half for the Sycamores, was tagged with the loss. She recorded five saves, while allowing all four goals, while teammate Carey Patton tallied two saves in the first half.
Butler will return to action on Friday (Oct. 4) night, when the Bulldogs host Loyola in a Horizon League showdown at 7 p.m. at Kuntz Stadium. Butler is currently 2-0 in league action.