The Butler soccer team picked up its first shutout of the season with a 6-0 victory over Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa on Friday afternoon.
Butler (2-1 overall) was led by four freshman - Kennedy Johnson, MariCarmen Rios Jean,Brittney Lawrence and Kelly Sutton - all who each had a goal and an assist in the win.
Grizzly sophomore Morgan Foster netted the game's first goal just nine minutes into the game, as she scored from about eight yards out.
With less than five minutes left in the first half, Rios Jean scored on an assist by Johnson to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Butler quickly came out in the second half with a goal just two minutes in the half as Brittney Lawrence scored her second goal of the season, hitting a left-footed shot into the far side of the goal.
The Grizzlies then scored twice within a two-minute span, beginning with a goal by freshman Vanessa Campos in the 76th minute. Alyssia Salinas drilled a shot on goal from about 30 yards out, which was deflected by Maverick goalkeeper Madellene Pieper. Campos was able to race in to kick the loose ball into the net. Johnson then followed with a header in the box in the 78th minute to give the Grizzlies a 5-0 lead.
The final goal came courtesy of an own goal by the Mavericks, as a Tonkawa defender accidently headed a ball into the net in the 82nd minute. Sutton was credited with the goal for Butler.
Butler soccer opened the defense of its Jayhawk Conference championship in convincing fashion on Sunday at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex, easily handling Kansas City, Kansas Community College by an 11-0 score.
The Grizzlies got off to a quick start in their first conference match as Korrie Raneyscored a goal just 25 seconds after the opening whistle. It is one of the quickest goals in a game in Butler history.
Butler would continue to add goals in the first half. The next one came on a shot byAlyssia Salinas in the seventh minute. Morgan Foster would score a goal in the 16thminute on an assist by Maddie Decker. On the reset following the goal, Brittney Lawrenceimmediately stole the ball and raced past the entire KCKCC defense, sending a left-footed shot with pace into the side netting to make the score 4-0.
Butler's last goal of the first half came on a high-arcing shot from the right side of the field that floated over the keeper's outstretched hands and into the back of the net as the Grizzlies led 5-0 at the half.
Brittney Lawrence would score two more goals in the second half for her first collegiate hat trick. Maddie Decker would score twice with assists from Madison Wedekind and Morgan Foster.
Page 2 of 2 - Butler also got single goals from Tiffany Mercado and Kennedy Johnson to round out the scoring. The final goal from Johnson came on a header off a well-placed cross ball played from Kelly Sutton.
Meanwhile defensively, Butler keeper Kelsi Langley posted a second straight shutout. She has played 197 consecutive minutes without a goal being scored against her dating back to the match against Laramie County (Wyo.)
Butler improves to 3-1 on the season, 1-0 in Jayhawk Conference action. The two-time defending conference champions will play two non-conference games this weekend against tough competition. The Grizzlies host Otero (Colo.) at 2 p.m. on Friday and will play Iowa Central at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Both games will be played at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.