October 7, 2012

Bulldogs Cap Perfect Weekend With Win Over Xavier

For the second time in three days, the Butler women's soccer team outlasted its opponent in overtime, beating Xavier 1-0 in overtime Sunday afternoon thanks to a golden goal by sophomore defender Kelly Mahoney.

Mahoney's game-winner came off an assist from junior defender Olivia Colosimo in the 97th minute. Mahoney blasted a kick to the bottom left corner of the goal to beat Xavier sophomore goalkeeper Katie Markesbery for the match's lone goal.

"Honestly, I kind of close my eyes when I shot it," Mahoney said following the win. "I saw Olivia ready to serve it and I just went far post and happened to be in the right spot."

The score was Mahoney's third goal of the season and helped the Bulldogs (8-3-2, 2-0-1) extend their eight match unbeaten streak at home. The assist was Colosimo's third of the year.

Butler controlled possession throughout the match, owning a 21-3 shot advantage over the Musketeers (6-7-1, 1-3-0). The Bulldogs attemped 10 corner kicks on the day.

"I was extremely proud of the way we handled this game," Butler head coach Tari St. John said. "You can get extremely frustrated knowing you're the better team and more capable in many ways and not putting one in the back of the net, but we just stayed positive. We knew a goal was going to come."

The victory was the Bulldogs' second of the weekend. Butler knocked off league-leading Dayton 3-2 in overtime Friday night.

The Bulldogs will make their first inter-conference roadtrip next weekend when they travel to Virginia to take on Richmond Friday and VCU Sunday.

"We're playing at the top of our game right now," Mahoney said. "We can always improve, but I think we're doing well. We're in the position we want to be."