INDIANAPOLIS – The women's soccer team defeated Xavier on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 1-0 in the regular season home finale. Five seniors jumped into the starting lineup for the Bulldogs against the Musketeers as a second half goal pushed Butler's overall record to 10-5-2.
The score remained tied at 0-0 after the first 45 minutes of action, but Sophia Maccagnone would push Butler over the top with her ninth goal of the season in the 54th minute of play. Maccagnone was assisted on the play by Elise Kotsakis and Randi DeLong.
"I thought that it was a pretty dominating performance from all aspects of the game," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John said. "We have had games like this where we have been dominant in many categories, but couldn't get on the scoreboard so today was a good fit."
DeLong started the play by feeding Kotsakis and Maccagnone finished the scoring play by beating the keeper from the right side to the far post. One goal was all Butler needed as they dominated time of possession taking 25 shots compared to just two from the Musketeers.
"We created chances and scored a quality goal that was set up by Elise [Kotsakis] and finished by Sophia [Maccagnone]." St. John added. "In terms of execution this is about as good as it can possibly get for us."
The Bulldogs nearly scored a goal in the opening half but a team save from Xavier kept the game scoreless. Julie Burton got the start in goal for Butler and ended the match with her sixth shutout of the season. She made two stops on Sunday while Katie Markesberry came up with six saves for Xavier.
Burton was just one of many high impact seniors to see the field on Sunday as the group goes out on top with a win in the home finale.
"What a special class," St. John added. "They hit the ground running and a lot of these seniors had significant playing time throughout their career. They started by getting us on the board with a Horizon League Championship and gave us arguably one of the best wins in program history against No. 11 Michigan."
All six seniors were recognized before the start of Sunday's match. Players were accompanied by their parents at midfield to capture the special moment.
"It was really exciting to come out here and play just knowing that it was our last game at home," senior Mary Allen explained. "It was a great team effort today. We have been working really hard in practice and it paid off."
The team will return to action with a road match at Creighton on Saturday, Oct. 26. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.