Quick Strikes Lead Butler Past Ball State

Quick Strikes Lead Butler Past Ball State
Claire Milam

MUNCIE, Ind. - Down 1-0 early, the Butler women's soccer team scored twice within a span of 5:09 and the defense held up in a 2-1 road victory at Ball State on Sunday afternoon. 

After Ball State scored in the 10th minute, Butler kept together and continued attacking. Eventually, Butler would find the net.

"We stayed composed after going down a goal early. That was key," head coach Tari St. John said.

Freshman Sophia Maccagnone, who scored twice on Friday vs. Eastern Illinois, scored the equalizer at 44:23 to tie the match at halftime. The freshman from Michigan gathered a loose ball at the 18, pushed past two defenders and then fired with her left foot. Her fifth goal of the season went into the side netting inside the far post.

"Sophie's goal before the half gave us all the momentum," St. John said. "It set the stage for a beautiful goal coming out in the second half."

The tally was Maccagnone's third of the weekend and team-leading fifth of the season.

At 49:32, senior Claire Milam found the game-winner. Sophomore Elise Kotsakis fed a ball to Katie Reed. Reed used the outside of her foot to send a pass to Milam, who in stride finished low in the lower right 90 past BSU keeper Aubrey Beuhler.

With Butler now leading 2-1, the Cardinals tried to attack and sent players forward. The Bulldogs, with junior goalkeeper Julie Burton making five saves, stayed stout and held on for the road win.