Junior Abigail Isger plays a pass for the Bulldogs against Dayton on Sept. 8. Photo by Lauren Hough.
CALEB DENORME | SPORTS REPORTER | email@example.com
The Butler women’s soccer team’s Big East Tournament hopes came to an end on Sunday afternoon, falling to Creighton on penalty kicks. The Bulldogs ended their season at 7-7-5 and obtained the fourth seed in the Big East Tournament.
The game as a whole was back and forth from the beginning, with each team controlling for certain periods of time. Creighton struck first in the 72nd minute as sophomore midfielder Azumi Manriki headed in a corner to put the Bluejays up 1-0.
Butler responded by “throwing the kitchen sink” at Creighton and committing more players forward in attack. The gamble would pay off in the 83rd minute, when sophomore forward Alexei Whittaker found junior forward Abigail Isger open in the box for an easy tap-in to tie the game up at 1-1.
The match would go through all 20 minutes of overtime without another goal, sending the game to a series of penalty kicks to decide who would move on to face Georgetown.
The first five players on both teams converted from the spot, but both sides’ sixth penalty taker would miss the mark. In the seventh round of now sudden death PKs, Creighton would score their spot kick, while Butler’s was saved, moving the Bluejays on in the tournament.