Nov. 8, 2002
MILWAUKEE, WIS. - Junior Krista Rott scored with under two minutes remaining in double overtime to give the Butler women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Detroit on Friday in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championships. The win boosts the No. 2 seeded Bulldogs' record to 15-5 overall and propels the team into the finals where they will battle it out against No. 1 UW-Milwaukee on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Rott's goal came off a feed from seniors Amy Morrison and Kristen Drogell at 108:09. The junior forward then managed to find the open net after colliding with Detroit's goalkeeper, Alisson Dube. The goal was the third of the tournament and the12th of the season for Rott, who suffered a bruised upper leg on the play. She is expected to make a full recovery.
"It was a great all-around collegiate soccer game," said head coach Woody Sherwood. "We played with a tremendous amount of heart and spirit. Detroit gave us a great battle, but we were fortunate enough to be able to pull out the win. Krista did an incredible job for us on the final play, laying it all out on the line to give us the victory."
Detroit responded just nine minutes later when Tanya Tiselj and Jessica Barrett's crafty passes set up Judith Atwood for her 11th goal of the season. The two teams headed into the lockerroom tied 1-1.
The two teams would battle it out throughout the second frame and on into a pair of overtimes, setting the stage for Rott's game-winner. Detroit held a narrow 12-11 edge on shots over the Bulldogs. Sophomore Katie Sanders recorded the win, by going the distance and tallying seven saves, while Dube finished with a pair of saves.
The Bulldogs will meet up with the Panthers in the tournament finals for the fourth time in six years. Butler is looking for redemption over UW-Milwaukee, as the Panthers pulled out a 1-0 triple overtime victory last season in the championship bout to dash Butler's hopes of a trip to the NCAA Tournament. UWM defeated Butler 1-0 earlier this season.