October 18, 2002

Bulldogs Hold Off Phoenix Charge To Win 3-2

Oct. 18, 2002

Box Score

GREEN BAY, WIS. - The Butler women's soccer team held off a late charge by UW-Green Bay to hold on for a 3-2 victory on Friday. The victory keeps the Bulldogs' perfect Horizon League record intact, as they are currently alone at the top of the standings with a 4-0 mark in league action.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the at 27:14 when Amy Pike and Rachel Pivarnik worked a quick combo at the top of the box to find freshman Maura Murphy on a through run. Murphy took the ball to the right and shot it to the left just past UWGB (4-7-1, 1-1-2 Horizon League) keeper Darci White. The goal, which was the first of Murphy's collegiate career, was the lone score of the half for either team.

Senior Amy Morrison tallied her league-leading 15th goal of the season when she sent a long shot from the left sidelines which was bobbled by White and eventually found the back of the net. The unassisted goal gave Butler a 2-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs pulled ahead 3-0 at 62:55 when Morrison, again on the left side, sent a cross over the Phoenix back line to Meredith Buemi, who beat UWGB keeper Kristin Schneider who came in to replace White just minutes earlier. The goal was the second of the season for Buemi.

The Phoenix finally got on the board in the 72nd minute when Sarah Oligney assisted Angie Baratto on a 30-yard shot that was just out of reach of Butler keeper Katie Sanders. UWGB closed the gap to 3-2 just five minutes later when Baratto found Oligney on the right side who fired a shot from 15 yards out on the left side.

The Phoenix would come no closer, though, as the Bulldogs held on for the win and improved to 10-3 overall. Butler outshot UWGB 14-9, while Sanders, who went the distance for the Bulldogs, recorded four saves on the match.

The Bulldogs will travel to Milwaukee on Sunday to battle it out against the Panthers at noon.