Bulldogs Win Home Opener 3-0

Sophia Maccagnone

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Butler improved to 2-1 on the year with a 3-0 win over Northern Kentucky on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs scored three goals in the first half to build a lead, and the defense did the rest as the team earned their second straight shut out.

Julie Burton and the Butler defense dominated the action in the home opener as Northern Kentucky was only able to take four shots. Burton picked up her 10th career shutout and also improves to 2-1 on the year as the Bulldog keeper.

Offensively, Butler scored two quick first half goals followed by a third in the 37th minute of play. Kelly Mahoney put Butler on the scoreboard first with a header goal off a corner kick from Stephanie Kaylor.

Less than five minutes later it was Sophia Maccagnone who beat the keeper with a shot from 25 yards out. Serina Kashimoto and Elise Kotsakis help set up the play.

The final goal of the first half was scored by Ali Backscheider as she connected off a rebound to push the lead to 3-0. The play started with Claire Oosterbaan setting up Maccagnone in space. The sophomore fired a shot at the NKU goalkeeper which she was unable to control. The ball landed at the feet of Backscheider who sent it home for her first goal of the season.

Butler was impressive on Wednesday night from start to finish as they out shot their opponent 27-4. Tanner Ruberg ended the match with seven saves as the Norse goalkeeper. Burton didn't have to make any as all four of the NKU shots sailed either high or wide of the net.

The Bulldogs will look to carry this momentum into the weekend as they travel to Bowling Green to face the Falcons at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31.