Oct. 6, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Amy Marron scored the equalizing goal with 3:05 remaining in regulation to push Sunday’s match at Butler into overtime, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs walked away with a 2-1 victory. The Red Storm suffered its second straight conference road loss and now sits at 7-3-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the BIG EAST.
For the third consecutive game, St. John’s entered halftime with a 0-0 score. The opening 45 minutes were a defensive battle between the two squads with a combined total of six shots and two on goal.
With just under six minutes into the second half St. John’s went down a player after being handed a red card at 45:56 and played the remaining time with only 10 players on the field.
“We played very well after going to 10 players in the 46th minute,” head coach Ian Stone commented. “I was proud of how hard the team kept battling and was able to tie the game on a great goal. We not only fought hard, but the team played good soccer.”
Butler (8-4-2, 1-3-0 BE) started to apply a stronger offensive pressure in the 68th minute and took four shots in a five minute stretch with one finding its way into the back of the net. Sophia Maccagnone scored her seventh goal of the season at 70:07 to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Her shot from 18 yards out was assisted by Mary Allen.
With time running out, St. John’s pushed the ball forward and Marron scored the tying goal at 86:55 on a header after receiving a long serve from Sarah Ashmore. Marron is now second on the team with goals (4) and points (15), while Ashmore registered her first point of the season and second of her career.
The Red Storm headed into its third overtime of the season and Rachel Daly
took aim just 26 seconds into the extra time but sent the ball high. Daly and Marron each recorded game-highs of two shots apiece.
The Bulldogs, who outshot the Red Storm 11-5 on the day, responded quickly and Elise Kotsakis scored the game-winner at 91:46 from six yards out on a cross by Stephanie Kaylor to set the final score at 2-1.
Diana Poulin was handed the loss and is now 7-3-1 on the season, while Mackenzie Hopkins (1-2-0) was awarded the win. Poulin recorded three saves in the matinee and Hopkins finished with one.
“The team pulled together when their backs were against the wall on the back of a long road trip,” Stone finished. “I’m confident we will bounce back against Villanova at home on Saturday.”
The Red Storm returns to Belson Stadium on Saturday, October 12, for a 7 p.m. match against league opponent Villanova. The contest will be streamed live on StormTracker All-Access.