Detroit, Mich. - Goals by Maite Bastyr, Carrie Twyman and Molly Kruger helped the Bulldogs out to a 3-0 advantage early in the second period, a lead that would hold up in the end despite a late offensive surge by Detroit, as Butler came away with a 3-2 victory over the host Titans on Sunday (Oct. 5) afternoon.
The win, Butler's fourth-straight, sends the squad to 8-5 on the season and 3-0 in Horizon League play.
After battling through a scoreless opening 30 minutes of play, the Bulldogs broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute after Bastyr netted her first score of her career to the opposite post off a corner kick from Kruger.
The game would remain a one-goal affair until just under 10 minutes into the second frame, when Lindsey Fox fired a shot that was knocked away by the Detroit goalkeeper before Twyman cleaned up the rebound and delivered her sixth mark of the year for a 2-0 Butler advantage.
Kruger added to her team-best total less than 10 minutes after Twyman's score, hitting a deflected shot into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season.
Things got interesting in a hurry in the final 10 minutes of play, as Titan Trina Kochanski hit back-to-back goals in the 84th and 87th minute to bring Detroit to within one, but the Bulldog defense would hold its own in the waning seconds to preserve the victory.
"Interestingly, this might have been our most dominating performance of the year," head coach Tari St. John commented. "We played some great soccer and we dominated possession, but this game can keep you humble. It was unfortunate to give up those two goals so late in the game, but it should not diminish how well we played."
Butler out-shot the Titans 10-4 in the first half and finished with an 18-10 advantage in the match. Kruger led the way with five, while Twyman added four.
I was impressed with [Courtney] Lord's play today," St. John added. "She makes her job look so simple. She may not stand out on the field, but the fulfillment of her role on the field is pivotal for our success."
Butler returns to action on Friday (Oct. 10) when it hosts league rival Wright State beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Butler Bowl.