Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler netted a season-high six goals, including a pair each by juniors Molly Kruger and Lindsey Fox, as the Bulldogs cruised to a 6-1 victory over visiting Detroit in the Horizon League Championship quarterfinals on Sunday (Nov. 2) at the Butler Bowl.
With the win, the Bulldogs will move on to play the winner of the Loyola/Youngstown State match in the semifinals on Friday (Nov. 7).
Kruger gave Butler a 2-0 lead in the first half on back-to-back opening period strikes.
Less than 11 minutes into the match, goalkeeper Laura Baker cleared a ball upfield to Carrie Twyman, who dished a pass straight ahead that met Kruger in stride 15 yards from the goal. Kruger followed with a rolling shot to the right post that eluded the Detroit keeper for a quick 1-0 Butler lead.
Kruger was back at it again 11 minutes later, taking a crossing pass from Lauren Papierski and drawing out the Titan keeper before rolling another shot across goal to the right post for her second score of the match and team-best 11th of the year.
Butler controlled the tempo for the duration of the opening period, out-shooting the Titans, 14-1, including 4-0 on goal.
The Bulldogs continued to pour on the offense in the second frame thanks to a pair of crafty strikes by Fox. Sarah Phelps fed a pass ahead to the Butler forward, who chipped in her second goal of the year from five yards out.
Fox would find paydirt again over 10 minutes later. Kruger sent a pass ahead 30 yards from the goal that drew the Titan keeper out, but Fox beat her to the ball and sidestepped her before rolling the shot in from 15 yards to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 advantage.
Detroit answered back just seconds after the ensuing restart, as the Titans strung together a couple of nifty passes before Archana Wadhawan chipped in a two-yard shot off a cross to break-up the shut-out and cut the Butler advantage to three with 22 minutes to go.
The Bulldogs would thwart any thought of a comeback late in the match, however, as Papierski tallied her second strike of the season in the 88th minute before an own goal by Detroit in the final minute of play sealed the convincing victory.
Butler finished the match with a 23-5 advantage on shots and a 10-1 margin on shots on goal.