Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's soccer team put up a strong showing in its final regular season match of the season, out-shooting Cleveland State, 21-6, and held a 12-0 edge on corner kicks, but the Bulldogs were unable to find the back of the net despite several genuine opportunities as the Vikings claimed a 2-0 decision on Sunday (Oct. 26) at the Butler Bowl.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 10-10-0 on the year and 4-4-0 in Horizon League play, while the Vikings improve to 8-9-1 and 3-4-1 in conference.
Butler maintained the tempo on the offensive end for the majority of the contest and had several good looks on net that either just went wide or were stopped by extraordinary efforts but the CSU keeper.
Despite being out-shot 10-4 in the opening half, the Vikings managed to make one of their four shots count, as Natalie Daniels headed in a crossing pass to give CSU an early lead in the 12th minute of play.
The Bulldogs continued to attack the net in the second half, recording seven of their eight shots on goal in the period alone, but each time the Vikings managed to get the stop. By contrast, CSU was held to just two shots in the frame but one resulted in an insurance score in the 86th minute.
"It's obviously not the result we wanted, but it is apparent there is life back in us," head coach Tari St. John said. "When you out-corner a team 12-0 and out shoot them by double digits, it is important not to be overly emotional and not be quick to judge that we played poorly. We will go to work this week in training and I am optimistic about the team that will come out on Sunday for our first tournament game."
The Bulldogs will head into the Horizon League tournament next weekend as the No. 4 seed and will host fifth-seeded Detroit on Sunday (Nov. 2).