Butler Bumps Visiting Green Bay, 3-1
Oct. 12, 2007
Butler recovered from an early miscue and scored three unanswered goals to defeat visiting Green Bay, 3-1, in a Horizon League match at Varsity Field on Friday, Oct. 12. The win was Butler's third in four matches and lifted the Bulldogs to 5-7-1 on the season and 3-2 in league play. Green Bay fell to 2-11 overall and 2-4 in the league.
After surrendering a goal less than three minutes into the match, the Bulldogs rebounded with a persistent offensive attack. Butler fired off nine shots in the first half and seven more in the second period. The Bulldogs had 11 shots on goal, with three finding the back of the net.
"We've been focused on our mental approach and how we want to be perceived by the other team," said Butler head coach Tari St. John after the match. "We did a good job today of keeping the pressure on and getting people involved. We moved everyone up and got our outside backs and our outside mids in the attack."
The Phoenix grabbed an early advantage when Green Bay's Chelsea Lyons dribbled a shot into an open Butler net, just 2:23 into the match. Lyons had raced up-field after a long pass, and Butler goalkeeper Annalise Larkin came out of the box to try and stop the play. When Larkin dove to catch the ball, it squirted free and Lyons was able to recover and find the right corner of the net.
The lead lasted just six minutes, before Butler's Angie Muir served a cross to teammate Kenzie Kokta, who dropped a pass to sophomore Lindsey Fox cutting to the middle of the penalty area. Fox took the pass and fired a shot past Green Bay goalkeeper Brooke Wikgren from 10 yards out with 8:20 gone in the period for her third goal this fall.
The Bulldogs then jumped in front for good five minutes later on a shot from eight yards out on the left side by junior Jenny Southard. It was her second goal of the season, and Fox picked up her third assist of the year.
Butler added a final goal ten minutes into the second half when Muir launched a free kick from 18 yards out into the right corner of the net. It was her team-high seventh goal of the season.
The Bulldogs turned in a strong defensive effort in the backfield to hold Green Bay scoreless for the final 87:37. The visitors had just one shot on goal in the match.
"We played good position defense for the most part today," added St. John.
The Bulldogs will take a two-match winning streak to Loyola for a Horizon League contest on Sunday, Oct. 14. The match in Chicago is slated to start at 2 p.m.