Nov. 7, 2002
MILWAUKEE, WIS. - Six different players scored in the Butler women's soccer team's 7-0 triumph over Youngstown State on Thursday (Nov. 7) at the Horizon League Championships. Not only does the win propel the Bulldogs to the tournament semifinals, but it also breaks the single season record for wins, as head coach Woody Sherwood's crew improves to 14-5 on the year. The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs will take on No. 3 Detroit on Friday at 6 p.m. at UW-Milwaukee's Stadium Field. Butler escaped with a 3-2 double overtime victory against the Titans earlier in the season.
Junior Krista Rott got Butler on the board immediately, scoring an unassisted goal just 46 seconds into the match. Rott then tallied her second goal of the match, and 11th of the season, when her shot from 18 yards out found the upper right hand corner of the net. Senior Kristen Drogell tallied the assist on the play.
Butler's third goal of the game was of great significance as Kristen Aaltonen's cross to Amy Morrison resulted in a score from eight yards out. The goal by Morrison, who was tabbed the 2002 Horizon League Player of the Year, gave the standout forward 45 goals in her career, breaking the school record. The record of 44 goals was set by Joy Aschenbrener during the 1995-98 campaigns. Morrison set the all-time Butler record for points (112) in the Bulldogs' previous match against the Penguins.
Junior Amy Pike gave Butler a 4-0 lead when her shot from 12 yards out in front of the goal found the open net. Drogell, who assisted Pike on the play, scored the fifth goal of the match at 29:31, sending Butler into halftime with a commanding lead.
"This was by far our best all-around performance in our last dozen games," said Sherwood, who received Horizon League Coach of the Year honors. "We played extremely attractive soccer and we created several great scoring opportunities for ourselves throughout the match. I couldn't be happier with our effort tonight."
Maura Murphy and Martha Gudiel assisted Rachel Pivarnik on a 10-yard goal at the 51:00 mark to give Butler a 6-0 advantage and Gudiel then recorded her third goal of the season at 64:47 to round out the Bulldogs' offensive attack.
Butler, which outshot YSU 42-0 just five days ago, held a commanding 29-1 edge tonight. Sophomore goalie Katie Sanders recorded one save while tallying her fifth shutout of the season, while her counterpart, Caitlin Bestard, posted 14 saves on the match.