Oct. 24, 2004
Butler celebrated Senior Day at Varsity Field in grand fashion Sunday, getting a hat trick from sophomore Kristen Harnest and senior Kristen Aaltonen's first career goal as part of a 6-0 win. With the victory, Butler locks up the third seed in the upcoming Horizon League Championships and now stands at 6-8-2 (4-3 Horizon League), while first-year program Cleveland State falls to 0-17 (0-5).
Butler out-shot the visiting Vikings, 32-4, including an 18-0 shots on goal advantage. Senior Katie Sanders got the start in goal for the Bulldogs and registered the win, combining with Megan Cappa and Annalise Larkin on the shutout, the Bulldogs' fifth of the season.
"We had a shaky first 15 minutes of the game, but after that we settle down and played well," said coach Woody Sherwood. "We created a lot of opportunities today and for the first time this year we finished like we needed to. Hopefully this goal-scoring gives us momentum heading into our conference tournament next week. It was nice to see our four seniors cap off such great careers with a good game today."
Less than three minutes into the match, Harnest took a pass from sophomore Caitlin Gill and scored from six yards out. In the 26th minutes, sophomore Julie Backscheider found a streaking Harnest, who won a one-on-one with Viking goalie Ashley Kidwell to net her second goal of the game.
Still in the first half, sophomore Megan Callon registered her first goal of the season, flicking the ball past Kidwell off a Kim May cross. The assist served as May's first collegiate point. In the 38th minute, junior Maura Murphy headed in a Jamie Martin cross to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 halftime advantage.
That's when the seniors got into the action. The entire Class of 2005 - Aaltonen, Deirdre Connor, Rachel Pivarnik and Sanders - started the match and played well throughout. Less than two minutes into the second half, Connor crossed the ball to Harnest, who scored from six yards out. Gill got a secondary assist on the play. The goal was Harnest's third of the game and fifth of the season.
In the 64th minute, sophomore Marcie Stucky played a long ball to Aaltonen, who had slipped behind the Viking defense. Aaltonen went one-on-one with Kidwell and found the left side of the net for her first career goal and the sixth Butler goal of the day.
The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday at Varsity Field with a 3 p.m. match against IUPUI. The match was re-scheduled from Oct. 19 when rain washed out the two teams. Butler travels to Bloomington for a match against Indiana Friday before hosting the Horizon League Championships, Nov. 4-7. Butler's first match will be Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Kuntz Stadium.
Notes: Butler's six goals were the most scored by the Bulldogs since a 7-0 victory over Youngstown State in 2002...Stucky re-entered the match in the second half, subbing in for Backscheider. It was the first time that Backscheider had been off the field this season...Sanders is now 3-3 on the year.