Oct. 17, 2003
The Bulldogs got two goals from senior forward Amy Pike and held off several late attacks from Wright State to down the Raiders, 2-1, Friday night. The win improves the Bulldogs to 7-6-2 overall and 3-2 in Horizon League play. Both teams battled through sloppy field conditions and a scoreless first half before Pike tallied two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half. Krista Rott assisted on both goals.
After starting the conference schedule 0-2, Butler has won three straight league matches. With the loss, the Raiders fall to 2-3 in the Horizon League and 6-8-1 overall. The two teams were part of a four-team grouping at 2-2 in league play entering the match.
"Because of the field, we had to play cautious in the first half," said coach Woody Sherwood. "It wasn't real exciting soccer early on. But we adjusted our formations near the end of the first half and started to get more opportunities.
"Krista had two great services and Amy took care of both of them. Wright State battled us and really pressed for a second goal. We did what we had to do tonight and are in a good spot heading into our last conference game."
Pike's goals at 47:26 and 53:37 give her six on the season, tying Meredith Buemi for the team lead. Pike's 17 points lead the team. Junior Katie Sanders played all 90 minutes in goal for the Bulldogs, improving her record on the season to 5-3-2. She made ten saves on the night and allowed the Raiders' lone goal, a Blair Kaminski tally in the 69th minute.
The Bulldogs will have a week off before traveling to Oxford, Ohio, for a match against the RedHawks of Miami Friday. The team then hosts league foe Detroit Oct. 26 at Varsity Field. The noon match will recognize Butler's four seniors and will be the team's last opportunity to jockey for position in the Horizon League standings heading into the league tournament Nov. 6-9 at Loyola.