Butler falls in Big East tournament

BRENDAN KING | STAFF REPORTER

The Butler women’s soccer team’s season came to an end  Tuesday night, as the Bulldogs suffered a 3-2 loss in the Big East Tournament to the St. John’s Red Storm.

The game-winning St. John’s goal came in the 65th minute from freshman forward Miranda Haraughty. Haraughty received the ball 25 yards from the goal and shot it to the left corner past senior goalkeeper Julie Burton. The goal was unassisted.

The game started out with Butler holding the advantage.

In the 20th minute, senior forward Katie Griswold scored the final goal of her college career to make the score 1-0. Butler played tight defense for the rest of the half and held St. John’s off the scoresheet going into halftime.

In the second half, St. John’s scored three goals that Butler could not come back from.

The first came in the 57th minute, when sophomore defender Rachel Daly scored from eight yards out. This tied the game for St. John’s and gave the Red Storm the momentum for the remainder of the second half.

About six minutes later, Daly scored her second goal.

She received the ball nine yards  out from freshman midfielder Lara Pedersen. The shot hit the goal post and went in to make the score 2-1.

Two minutes later, Haraughty scored her eventual game-winning goal to make the score 3-1.

Butler rallied late in the second half. Firing shot after shot at the net, one went past St. John’s freshman goalkeeper Diana Poulin.

Sophomore midfielder Sophie Maccagnone raced past St. John’s defenders for the goal. This made the score 3-2 and gave Butler a chance with seven minutes to play.

St. John’s lead would be too much for Butler to overcome, and the match ended with the Red Storm moving on in the Big East Tournament.

Butler fired 17 shots in the match. Eight of Butler’s shots were on goal. St. John’s fired nine shots on net with five of them being on goal.

In her final collegiate contest,  Burton stopped two shots out of five she faced. Burton’s record for 2013 finished at 10-5-2.

The Bulldogs also lost 2-1 to Marquette in their regular season finale Saturday.

The Golden Eagles finished regular season conference play undefeated.

Junior forward Elise Kotsakis scoered the lone Butler goal in the 86th minute.

Butler finished the 2013 season with a record of 11-7-2. Key wins this season came against Michigan, Xavier and Creighton.

Departing seniors include,  Burton,  Griswold, defender Anna Ventimiglia, defender Olivia Colosimo, midfielder Mary Allen, and defender Ali Backscheider.

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