The Butler women’s soccer team recorded an impressive road win on Sunday as the fourth-ranked Grizzlies defeated No. 7 Laramie County in dramatic fashion.
Abby Ponce scored on a crossing header off a double assist from Alyssa Miller and Alyssia Salinas with just 1:09 minute left in the contest, lifting the Grizzlies to a 1-0 win.
The contest was a rematch of last year’s District B championship game between the two teams, which Butler won on penalty kicks to qualify for its first-ever trip to the NJCAA National Tournament. This is the fourth consecutive triumph for Butler in the series after Laramie County had won the first four meetings in the all-time series.
Butler had six shots on goal to Laramie County’s five, but the big difference came on corner kicks, as Butler had eight while Laramie County had just one. It was on the final corner kick that Butler was able to score its goal. Laramie was also assessed 11 fouls to Butler’s four, while the Eagles were handed the only three yellow cards of the contest.
Butler goalkeeper Aisling Dyer made five saves in the game, including two outstanding efforts in the second half to keep the contest scoreless.
The Grizzlies are now 3-1 on the season and 1-1 against teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. The Grizzlies will play two more national powers at home this weekend when they play defending Florida state champion Brevard Community College at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Butler soccer field and then face defending national champion Tyler (Texas) on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the new BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.
Butler sends partial teams to Wichita State meet
The Butler cross country teams sent partial squads to the J.K. Gold Classic hosted by Wichita State University on Saturday at RAFT Ranch outside of nearby Augusta.
Butler had two women run at the meet. Freshman Abiane Collymore finished 49th in a time of 17:01 for the four kilometer race. Sophomore Adrian McCollum finished 77th in a time of 18:38.
Sophomore Taylor Parker, who originally came to Butler as a sprinter for the track team, led the Butler men with a 74th place finish, covering the six kilometer course in 21:12. Fi
“Taylor, competing in only his second cross country race ever, had a great run,” said coach Jeff Becker. “He has been a great surprise for us this year. He works hard and wants to win.”
Fidel Munoz was 85th in 22:02, Dale Nuckolls was 88th in 22:10, Adam Kelsey was 116th in 23:41 and Carlos Galindo was 120th in 24:30.
The Next action for Butler will be Sept. 7 when the Grizzlies compete in the Colby Community College Invitational.