RICHMOND, Va. - A controversial foul call in the 80th minute resulted in a penalty kick that lifted VCU past the Butler women's soccer team 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. Wendy Acosta buried the PK and the Rams held on for the win.
"It was a disheartening way to lose," head coach Tari St. John said. "I'm not certain that would be called in too many games. It's a tough to come away with a single point on the weekend, but it has made us an even better team."
The loss ended Butler's seven-match unbeaten streak that dated back exactly one month. The Bulldogs were 5-0-2 over that span.
After the foul call in the box, Acosta slipped her try past BU keeper Julie Burton. It was her seventh goal of the season.
"Julie made a good play on the ball," St. John said.
Freshman Sophia Maccagnone had five of Butler's nine shots on the day. VCU's Cristin Granados led all players with six shots. Burton made four saves in 90 minutes of action.
St. John made sure to laud the play of senior midfielder Rachael Melendez, who played 200 minutes during the weekend vs. the Spiders and Rams.
"She's been so consistent the second half of the season," the coach said. "And that's what you want to see from your seniors."
The Bulldogs tied Richmond on Friday night and are now 2-1-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. VCU moved to 9-4-2 (4-2-0).
Next weekend is BU's final home set of the season. Temple comes to the Butler Bowl Friday, Oct. 19. It is the team's annual breast cancer awareness match, Real Dawgs Wear Pink.