Voelker nets a pair, Bulldogs win big at home

BOBBY JOHNSON |  STAFF REPORTER

The Butler women’s soccer team shutout Bowling Green 5-0 after a barrage of goals in the second half of the match.

The Bulldogs were scoreless after the first half and it seemed as if the game would be close until Hannah Farley scored at the 49:55 mark. That led to a bombardment of goals. Serena Kashimoto and Elise Kotsakis scored during the 53rd minute and Kathryn Voelker followed suit scoring twice within the 64th and 65th minutes.

“Once we got one goal in we figured out how to finish off more chances and make the most of our opportunities,” Kotsakis said.

The team has been focusing on improving ball movement and it seems to be paying off. The Bulldogs got off 27 shots which resulted in five goals and four assists, both a credit to ball movement.

“Constantly moving the ball. That’s what we’ve been working on,” Voelker said. “Passing it around and finding the gaps.”

Also on display was the team’s defensive skills, as they limited Bowling Green to three shots on goal the entire game and zero in the first half. They managed to shut out their opponent which is always something they strive to do.

“That’s always our goal every game,” Voelker said . “To keep the shutout and never let down even if we are up 5-0.”

The Lady Bulldogs are now on a five-game winning streak as they enter conference play and are currently fourth in the Big East slightly behind Georgetown. The streak has helped to get the team ready for the challenges its conference schedule will present while also reaffirming their belief in themselves.

“The five-game winning streak is a really big confidence booster before going those conference games which will definitely be more of a grind and more scrappy,” Kotsakis said.

Butler will host Villanova on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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