Bulldogs Rally Past Sycamores, 3-1
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler scored three unanswered goals, including a pair within two minutes of each other in the second period, to rally from a 1-0 first-half deficit for a 3-1 decision over visiting Indiana State on Tuesday (Oct. 21) afternoon at Varsity Field.
The win gives the Bulldogs their 10th win of the season - matching last season's total - and improving their record to 10-8-0. Indiana State, meanwhile, falls to 3-12-0.
The Sycamores hardly looked like a 3-11 team in the early going, as ISU thwarted several Butler attempts at the net while pressuring the Bulldogs on their offensive third.
Indiana State would get on the board first in the 25th minute of play, as Alison Gasparovich sent a rolling ball towards open space in front of the Butler 18 yard box that drew out goalkeeper Laura Baker. ISU's Amanda Gogel would beat Baker to the ball, however, corralling the pass and side-stepping to the left before chipping in the initial strike of the match.
Butler would get its opportunity to bring the contest even just over five minutes before the close of the half.
After the Bulldogs were awarded a free kick from the left side of the 18 yard box following a hand ball on the Sycamores, Molly Kruger took the shot and delivered a low liner just feet from the net where Mandi Kotynski - with her back to the goal - deflected the pass in with the side of her foot for the equalizer. The goal was Kotynski's second of the year.
The Bulldogs stepped up the tempo following the break, getting numerous good looks at the net and keeping the ball on their offensive side of the field.
Butler would break through with go-ahead score in the 65th minute. Lauren Papierski drilled a low shot on net that the ISU goalkeeper knocked away, but Kruger stepped right in to gather the rebound and buried her ninth goal of the year from two yards away.
The Bulldogs added some insurance two minutes later in similar fashion, as Papierski again boomed a shot that the Sycamore keeper knocked away only to have Lindsey Fox pick up the deflection and drill her first strike of the season from close range.
After trailing the Sycamores 7-6 on shots in the opening half, the Bulldogs out-shot ISU 12-6 in the second.
Baker played the full 90 minutes in net, finishing with six saves. Kruger paced the team with six shots, while Carrie Twyman added three.
Butler returns to action on Friday (Oct. 24) when it takes on cross-town rival IUPUI beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kuntz Stadium.