INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer team defeated Providence by the final score of 2-1 on Saturday night. The Bulldogs led 1-0 at the half and a quick overtime goal from Sophia Maccagnone lifted the team to victory over the Friars.
"We knew going in that Providence is an extremely hard working team," Co-Head Coach Rob Alman said. "Jim [McGirr] does a great job of having his girls ready to play from the first minute and we knew it would be important for us to match their energy levels and willingness to fight and scrap for balls. We are incredibly proud of the grit and determination our players showed tonight – all over the field we competed hard and never backed down."
Maccagnone now has a team-high eight goals on the season as she connected on the game-winner off a double assist from Katie Griswold and Elise Kotsakis. The ball came in from the right side off the Kotsakis pass and Maccagnone drilled a shot past the keeper to win the game from five yards out.
Butler dominated the shot count tallying 13 shots compared to just three for Providence. Jessica Goudreault kept busy as a result as she made five saves for the Friars. Senior Julie Burton was in goal for Butler. She ended the match with one save.
The Bulldogs took the first lead of the game off Mary Allen's first goal of the season. Allen was assisted on the goal by Griswold and Stephanie Kaylor. The header was scored in similar fashion to the game-winner with the pass coming in from the right side of the field.
"Our goals tonight were top class." Alman added. "Two beautiful one touch finishes from Mary and Sophie who were rewarded for some good movement in the box. But the really pleasing element in both the goals was the quality of the final ball. This is something our front runners have been working hard to improve and it was nice to see their work in practice pay off."
The Friars tied the game in the 60th minute of play to force overtime as Catherine Zimmerman recorded her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Allison Walton. Zimmerman took the ball up the left side of the field and beat the keeper on a breakaway to the right side.
"The goal we gave up was very soft and allowed Providence a foothold back in the game," Alman added. "It was disappointing for us, but credit the opportunism of their player to take advantage. From that point forward our girls once again showed their mental toughness by taking the game by the scruff of the neck after conceding and making sure we were on the front foot for the rest of the game."
Maccagnone's overtime goal separated the two clubs as the Bulldogs improve to 9-4-2 with a 2-3 mark in the BIG EAST while Providence moves to 4-7-3 with a 1-4 conference record.
Saturday night's contest also marks the second-straight home game that Butler has won within the opening minutes of overtime as the team defeated St. John's less than two minutes into the extra period to earn their first BIG EAST win of the season last weekend.
The team will return to action with a road match at DePaul on Thursday, Oct. 17.