Bulldogs Hold Off IUPUI, 1-0
Oct. 26, 2004
Sophomore Kristin Harnest continued her hot play Tuesday, netting the game-winner in the Bulldogs' 1-0 victory over IUPUI at Varsity Field. The Bulldogs made Harnest's first-half goal stand up to improve to 7-8-2 on the season. IUPUI falls to 9-7 with the loss. The Bulldogs carry their two-match winning streak into Friday's regular season finale.
Harnest took a long feed from sophomore Marcie Stucky and beat the Jaguars' goalie in a one-on-one situation with just over a minute left in the first half. It was Harnest's sixth goal of the season and fourth in the last two matches. She also had the game-winner in the Bulldogs' win Sunday. Butler dominated the opening half, taking eight shots to the Jaguars' four.
"After playing a great first half, the second half left plenty to be desired," said coach Woody Sherwood. "You have to give IUPUI credit for coming out hard in the second half. We did manage to weather a pretty long second half storm, which is a credit to the mentality we've developed in all these one-goal games."
Senior Katie Sanders went the distance in goal for the Bulldogs, making one save. She earned her second solo shutout of the season (Butler's sixth overall) and improves to 4-3. Sarah Webster made two saves for IUPUI and allowed Butler's goal to take the loss.
For the match, Butler out-shot the visiting Jaguars, 10-9, while IUPUI had four corner kicks. Sophomore Caitlin Gill had a team-high three shots for Butler. Stucky, Harnest and senior captain Rachel Pivarnik each added two shots in the contest.
Butler concludes its regular season Friday night in Bloomington against Indiana. The match begins at 7 p.m. Indiana is providing live stats and live audio for the match via the Internet. Links will be available at www.butlersports.com.
The Bulldogs host the 2004 Horizon League Championships next week, beginning Thursday, Nov. 4 with a 5:30 p.m. match at Kuntz Stadium. Butler, which has clinched the third seed, will most likely play UW-Green Bay, currently in sixth position in the league standings. The semifinals (Nov. 5) and championship matches (Nov. 6) will be played at Varsity Field.