Bulldogs Unable to Overcome Eastern Michigan

Bulldogs Unable to Overcome Eastern Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Despite outshooting its opponent by more than double, the Butler women's soccer team fell on the road against Eastern Michigan 1-0 Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match.

The Bulldogs (2-2-0) had 21 shots on the day, including 10 on goal, while the Eagles (1-1-0) had eight and four, respectively.

"I thought we had our chances," Butler head coach Tari St. John said. "That's the game of soccer. Sometimes the stats will tell a different story than the scoreboard."

The two squads were knotted in a scoreless tie until the 65th minute when a defensive miscue by the Bulldogs resulted in an Eastern Michigan goal by freshman forward Sarah Deakin.

Butler had three shots deflect off the crossbar in the second half, including a near goal by sophomore midfielder Caroline Kowal with about four minutes remaining.

"You can't get too high after a win or too down after a loss," St. John said. "Our focus for the next 72 hours will be preparing for Purdue."

St. John was a four-year starter for Purdue and helped the Boilermakers to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2002.

"This is the only game all year that I want Purdue to lose," St. John said.

Butler will face off against Purdue on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind.