October 31, 2003

#12 Illinois Squeaks by Bulldogs, 1-0

Oct. 31, 2003

Box Score

The Bulldogs had a large task in front of them Friday night, traveling to Champaign to face No. 12 Illinois on the Fighting Illini's "Senior Night." Brittany Ward's goal was the only score of the night in an Illinois 1-0 win. With the loss, the Bulldogs end the regular season at 8-8-2. The Fighting Illini improve to 13-3-2 heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

"We gave up a soft goal in the first half on some miscommunication," said coach Woody Sherwood. "We were clearly outplayed throughout the first half."

Bulldogs' keeper Katie Sanders made nine saves on the night, while senior Krista Rott led the visitors with two shots. Leisha Alcia went the distance in goal for the Illini, posting the shutout.

Sherwood was pleased with how his team rebounded after halftime.

"We came out and turned the tables in the second half," said Sherwood. "We had some good opportunities and looked extremely impressive during the second half."

With Sunday's 5-0 win over Detroit, Butler secured the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Tournament with a 4-2 league record. The Bulldogs open the tournament Thursday against No. 7 seed and tournament host Loyola. The match begins at 7 p.m EST. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday evening with the championship match Sunday at 1 p.m. Indianapolis time.