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Bulldogs Earn 3-2 Double Overtime Win in Season Opener

August 23, 2014


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.Kelly Mahoney scored two goals on Friday night as the Butler women's soccer team defeated Ohio in the regular season opener in double overtime by the final score of 3-2.

Mahoney scored a header goal to get BU on the scoreboard first and Elise Kotsakis quickly made the match 2-0 with a goal just moments later. Ohio fought back to push the game past 90 minutes, scoring both of their goals in the second half, but the star of the game was Mahoney as she led her team to victory with yet another header goal off a corner kick giving Butler their first win in a season opener since the 2011 season.

"This was a really tough opening game against a very good Ohio team," Co-Head Coach Tari St. John explained. "Their girls worked incredibly hard and competed for every ball."

Butler broke the initial team huddle with a young lineup that included four freshman and two sophomores mixed with two juniors and three seniors. The unit meshed together quickly as Butler put Ohio under attack from the opening minutes of action. McKenzie Muchow forced the Ohio keeper into a diving save in the 19th minute of competition and Mahoney came up with her first scoring chance in the 33rd minute as her header bounced off the post to keep the game scoreless.

Mahoney refused to be denied as she scored the first goal of the 2014 season off a similar play in the second half. Stephanie Kaylor took a corner kick for Butler in the 67th minute of play and once again found Mahoney who this time put her header attempt in the back of the net from the left side, just six yards away.

Butler was able to double their lead just one minute later as Elise Kotsakis pushed the score to 2-0 with a goal in the 68th minute. Kotsakis scored off a cross from Muchow that moved from right to left. She finished from the edge roughly six yards out on the right side.

"It was nice for us to score all three goals from things we have focused on in the last couple of days in training," St. John added. "We'd like to be even more clinical after playing our way into some good areas."

Freshman Maria Collica nearly pushed the advantage to 3-0 with a long range try from the right flank, but another diving stop from the Ohio keeper would keep the game in reach at 2-0. The Bobcats wouldn't go away as Ohio quickly grabbed some momentum with a goal from Liz Finley who beat Madison Card on the outside top half of the goal making the match 2-1.

The two goal lead evaporated after a goal from Allie Curry in the 80th minute. Curry floated the ball just past the keeper, inside the left post.

"Our players will learn a lot from this test in terms of game management and concentration," St. John stated. "We are very happy to record our first win and show a lot of grit and character as a group."

Butler had one solid look in the first overtime, but it was the second stanza of extra time that ended the match with Butler on top. The Bulldogs went to work right away as Stephanie Kaylor took a corner kick just one minute into the action. Maccagnone fired away with a shot that ended up just high of the goal and Kotsakis kept the pressure on Ohio as her shot forced yet another diving stop from the Bobcat goalkeeper.

Butler's second corner kick of the second overtime led to the game-winning goal as Kaylor once again found Mahoney for the score. The goal came from point blank range giving Butler the 3-2 victory. With the assist, Kaylor moved her career total to 18 placing her fifth all-time in school history.

Today's match was Butler's first of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. The team will return to action this Sunday at 11 a.m. with a match against the Miami Redhawks. "We know we'll be in for another tough game on Sunday against a strong Miami (OH) team," St. John said.

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