Oct. 10, 2003
The Bulldogs pulled away from UW-Green Bay in the second half of a physical match that had 27 fouls and three yellow cards, posting two late goals in a 3-1 win at Varsity Field Friday. Senior Krista Rott's breakaway goal off an Amy Pike feed in the 67th minute was the game-winner on an afternoon when Bulldog freshmen Caitlin Gill and Kristin Harnest recorded their first collegiate goals. The win improves the Bulldogs to 6-6-2 (2-2 in Horizon League), while the Phoenix drop to 5-6-1 (2-2) on the year.
"This was a match that we were very concerned about," said coach Woody Sherwood. "Green Bay has had some good results this season. They're a team that always fights hard and we respect the way they battle."
Gill's goal came just over a minute into the match off a Meredith Buemi cross. Gill hit an open net to put the hosts up 1-0. The Phoenix answered 20 minutes later when Sarah Oligney netted a Catherine Kadar cross. The goal was Oligney's fourth on the season. The teams went into the half tied at one.
At 66:47, Pike hit Rott on a breakaway as the senior beat a Phoenix defender to the ball and sent a shot past UW-Green Bay keeper Darci White. Rott's goal was her fourth of the year. Harnest would take a touch pass from Gill in the 82nd minute and send a shot to the upper left corner from 15 yards out to seal the Bulldog win.
"Getting three goals in any game, especially a league game, is a great accomplishment," said Sherwood. "This is exactly what we needed."
Katie Sanders got the win in goal for the Bulldogs, making three saves and allowing the lone Phoenix goal in 67 minutes of work. Freshman Megan Cappa relieved her after the Bulldogs' second goal. Sanders' record improves to 4-3-2 on the season. The defense did a nice job containing Gwen Zimmerman in the match. The Phoenix freshman was second (behind Butler's Buemi) in the Horizon League with five goals entering the match. She had four shots on the afternoon, none on goal as her final shot hit the post from five yards out late in the second half.
The Bulldogs have a week off before traveling to Wright State Friday for a league contest. This is Butler's only stretch of back-to-back conference matches. That match begins at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs have one home match remaining, a league showdown with Detroit, Oct. 26, at noon. Butler will honor its four seniors at that match.