Butler women’s soccer beats Marquette in Big East opener

Anja Savich controls the ball in a game earlier this season. Savich scored her fifth goal of the season in the win over Marquette. Jimmy Lafakis/Collegian file photo. 

KEELEN BARLOW | STAFF REPORTER | klbarlow@butler.edu

The Butler women’s soccer team moved to 7-3-0 on the year with a 1-0 win over Marquette University in their Big East conference opener. The Bulldogs defeated the Golden Eagles despite starters Paige Monaghan, Cassidy Blacha and Kyra Cooke sitting out the match with injuries.

The win, which snapped a two-game losing streak, marked the fourth straight season that the Bulldogs have opened conference play with a victory.

The lone goal of the match came off the foot of freshman forward Anja Savich in the 34th minute. Her fifth goal of the season, assisted by sophomore midfielder Elena Gutlove, came from 12 yards out in the middle of the box to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.

After the Bulldogs led the shot count 7-4 in the first half, Marquette, in search of the equalizer, made a run at the Butler defense in the second half. The Golden Eagles poured on eight shots to Butler’s two in the second half.

Butler will continue Big East play on Sept. 27 with a home match against Seton Hall University.

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