TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Butler women's soccer team moves to 1-1 on the year after defeating Indiana State on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 3-0. The Bulldogs scored the first goal of the game right before the half and opened up the game later by adding two scores in the second half.
Elise Kotsakis scored her first goal of the season in the 44th minute to give Butler a 1-0 advantage at halftime. Kotsakis hit a bomb from 35 yards out off a double assist from Sophia Maccagnone and Serina Kashimoto.
A header goal off a corner kick made the game 2-0 as Caroline Kowal found the back of the net off the corner from Stephanie Kaylor. The third goal of the game was a chip shot from Kathryn Voelker from five yards out. Olivia Colosimo and Maccagnone each were credited with an assist on the goal.
Butler set the tempo early and controlled the action throughout the full 90 minutes. The Bulldogs took 18 shots, 13 of which were on goal compared to just four shots on goal for Indiana State.
"Indiana State is a hard working, scrappy team and were well organized with numbers behind the ball," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John said. "They won't just give you opportunities; we had to earn every chance and every goal. With that said, I thought we played very well today. Sunday games can be a bit of a grind, but I actually thought our fitness level and depth allowed us to play some really good soccer."
Julie Burton got the shutout as the Butler goalkeeper by making four saves. Burton and the Butler defense also faced four corner kicks.
"Serina was the player of the match," St. John added. "She may not appear in the box score all the time, but she was the link player that allowed possession time in the final third."
The 2013 home opener is the next game on the schedule as the Bulldogs host Northern Kentucky at the Butler Bowl on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"We have just over 72 hours to prepare for our next opponent, NKU," St. John said. "They are a tough, athletic side that will present some challenges."