Bulldogs Tie Eastern Michigan 1-1
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Butler women's soccer team ended the weekend with another tie as the Bulldogs move to 4-1-2 on the season. Butler scored a goal in the 28th minute to take the lead, but Eastern Michigan countered with a goal in the 64th minute of action to tie the game.
"Having put ourselves in a position to have to play 110 minutes on Friday, we knew today was going to be a grind," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John explained. "We did a lot of things well today, but our standard is still a lot higher than a tie."
Katie Griswold scored the lone goal of the game off a misplay from the Eastern Michigan goalkeeper. A miscommunication on the backline for EMU gave Griswold her first goal of the season. Olivia Colosimo and Mary Allen each picked up an assist.
The game-tying goal was a beautiful shot from Cara Cutaia as she connected on her fourth goal of the season. Cutaia collected the ball on the far right side of the field and sent a floater over Julie Burton's head to tie the contest at 1-1.
Butler out shot Eastern Michigan 22-10 and they had the best scoring opportunity in double overtime as Sophia Maccagnone hit a shot off the crossbar. The ball deflected back to Griswold who tried to head the ball into the goal, but the attempt sailed high keeping the game tied at 1-1.
"In back-to-back games this weekend, we outshot our opponent significantly," St. John added. "We are creating quality chances in the final third, but we need to do a better job of finishing. If we had gone up 2 or 3 against this team when we had our chances, the game would have become very easy. The margin of error becomes bigger and you can play more relaxed."
Each team took four corner kicks, yet Megan McCabe was the more active keeper. The Butler offense controlled a majority of the action as McCabe stepped up to record a match-high seven saves. Burton made three stops for Butler during the 110 minute match.
"I know this weekend's results have given our team great motivation to work that much harder and to push each other that much more." St. John said.
Butler will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 15 when No. 11 Michigan visits the Butler Bowl at 1 p.m.