Nov. 3, 2007
Sophomore Lindsey Fox gave Butler the lead midway through the first half and then added an insurance goal in the second period to lead the Bulldogs past visiting Valparaiso in the first round of the 2007 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 3. The win sends Butler (10-8-1) into the tournament semifinals on Friday, Nov. 9.
The match between the #4-seeded Bulldogs and #5-seeded Valparaiso figured to be the most even match-up of the tournament, and for 30 minutes it played out that way. Both teams mounted early attacks, but the defense was up to the task at both ends of the field, and neither team managed a serious scoring threat.
That ended just under 36 minutes into the contest with a picture-book goal by Fox. Charging up field, the Butler forward corralled a loose ball and volleyed a shot past Valparaiso goalkeeper Erin Murray and into the upper right corner of the net from 25 yards out. It was her fourth goal and first game-winner of the season.
"Angie Muir was crossing it and a Valparaiso defender deflected the ball," said Fox after the match. "I was in the area and when I saw the ball, I thought 'I'm going to shoot, and I connected'."
"Lindsey's first goal was world class," said Butler head coach Tari St. John. "It takes a lot of confidence for a player to even attempt that kind of shot, let alone put it in the back of the net. I think it gave her even more confidence on her second finish on the day."
The Bulldogs maintained that 1-0 lead into the second half, when Fox struck again at 62:42. She took a pass from sophomore Carrie Twyman in the middle of the field, split two defenders and fired a shot into the right side of the goal from 18 yards out. It was her first multiple-goal match of the season.
From that point, Butler's defense held off a comeback attempt by the Crusaders (10-9-0).
"The backline of (Laura) Miller, (Morgan) Cox, (Abbie) Kaul and (Sarah) Phelps were the foundation of our success today," added St. John. "They are playing so well as a unit, not only defensively but they are also finding ways to be involved in the attack. That has been a difference maker in the second half of our season."
Butler goalkeeper Annalise Larkin stopped three shots by the Crusaders in the final 20 minutes, including two point-blank attempts by junior Kendall Brown. Four of Valparaiso's five second-half shots came in the final 20 minutes.
Larkin finished with four saves on the afternoon, while Murray had two. The Bulldogs, led by Muir's four attempts, had a 12-8 advantage in shots. Butler also had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Butler will play the winner of the match between #1 seed Milwaukee and #8 seed Cleveland State. If Milwaukee wins, the Panthers will host semifinals and finals.