Oct. 26, 2003
Butler celebrated "Senior Day" in a big way Sunday, posting their largest offensive output of the season in a 5-0 win over Detroit. Senior Amy Pike had two goals in her last match at Varsity Field. With the victory, the Bulldogs improve to 8-7-2 overall and 4-2 in Horizon League play. Butler clinched the second seed in the upcoming league tournament with the win.
Sophomore Meredith Buemi scored almost four minutes into the match as her shot to the left corner found the net as Titan goalie Alisson Dube slipped. Freshman Kristin Harnest got the assist on the play. Buemi returned the favor eight minutes later, feeding a cross that Harnest headed in for a 2-0 advantage.
"After we got a very fortunate first goal, we followed it up with four very nice ones," said coach Woody Sherwood. "This is as dangerous as we've been up front all season."
Pike scored the first of her two goals at the 31:23 mark. Harnest had her second assist of the afternoon on the tally. Pike would volley in a Buemi cross in the 73rd minute of the match for her league-leading eighth goal of the season. Senior Annie Doerr sent a free kick from midfield toward the Detroit net, finding a streaking Kate Lord for the Bulldogs' fifth goal.
"Our team really came to play today," said Sherwood. "We dealt well with Detroit, a team that is always organized and plays hard."
Junior Katie Sanders got the win in net for the Bulldogs, making two saves in nearly 70 minutes of action. Dube took the loss in net for the Titans (7-7-1, 3-3 in Horizon League). Sanders relieved senior Amber Stauch less than a minute into the match. Stauch has been sidelined all season with an injury, but started the match and left to a loud ovation from the large "Senior Day" crowd.
Pike, Doerr and fellow tri-captain Krista Rott left the match with less than five minutes remaining in the match. The group has won 43 matches over the past four years.
"This is a great way for our seniors to got out at home," said Sherwood. "They put up three outstanding performances this afternoon."
Twenty-three Bulldogs saw action in the match. Harnest's goal and two assists give her nine points on the season to lead Butler rookies. Buemi's goal gives her seven on the season.
The Bulldogs travel to Champaign, Ill., for a match with the Fighting Illini of Illinois Friday at 7 p.m. Butler will play the No. 7 seed in the Horizon League tournament Nov. 6. The Bulldogs' opponent and the time of their match have yet to be determined. The league tournament will be hosted by Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.