Nov. 10, 2002
MILWAUKEE, WIS. - The Butler women's soccer team was unable to overcome a 3-0 first half deficit and the Bulldogs fell to top-seeded UW-Milwaukee 4-2 on Sunday in the Horizon League Championship match. Butler, the tournament's No. 2 seed, concluded the season with a 15-6 record, while the Panthers, 11-5-5, will head into the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
The Panthers' first half scoring barrage began at the 18-minute mark when Brenda Andrew's connected on a seven-yard shot off of a Butler clear. Carrie Durand took the initial shot for the Panthers, which was saved by the Bulldogs, but Andrews came charging in on the clear to give her team the 1-0 lead.
UW-Milwaukee's aggressive play continued as Lisa Bengtsson, the Tournament MVP, stole control of the ball following a Butler defensive lapse, and found the open net from 15 yards out on a breakaway goal.
A mishandled cornerkick resulted in a 3-0 UW-Milwaukee lead at 39:15. Durand was credited with the goal on the play while Maggie Suminski recorded the assist.
"We can't expect to beat a good team like UW-Milwaukee giving up soft goals like we did in the first half," said head coach Woody Sherwood, who was named the League's Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to a school-record 15 wins this season. "We played a good second half, but it was too little too late."
The Bulldogs came out firing in the second stanza when Amy Morrison's 12-yard chip over Molly Schneider's head off the cross from Annie Doerr at 52:46 closed the gap to 3-1. The goal was the 19th of Morrison's career.
But, Bengtsson quickly dashed the Bulldogs' comeback hopes with a blast to the far post from teammate Elizabeth Chudy at 59:26, giving the hosts an insurmountable 4-1 edge.
UW-Milwaukee outshot Butler 12-7, including holding a commanding 9-1 advantage in the first half, and held a 6-0 edge on cornerkicks. Katie Sanders, who allowed all four Panther goals, finished with four saves, while Schneider tallied a pair.
"We had a great, great year and we are just one or two regular season wins away from getting an at-large berth to the NCAAs," Sherwood added. "We will just keep knocking at the door until we finally get in."