VANDALIA — The Butler Lady Aviators overcame the heat and a tough battle with Milton-Union Saturday evening to win their third straight game by a score of 4-3.
“I thought we played well and kept the ball on their half of the field most of the time,” said Butler head coach John Gray. “We needed to finish more of those, but overall we played well offensively.”
Keoni Rakestraw scored the first two goals for Butler unassisted, and Brittney Petrosky took an assist from Lauren Chaney for the Aviators’ third goal.
Petrosky scored the deciding goal after the Aviators were awarded a penalty kick.
The Aviator surrendered three goals which Gray attributed to Milton-Union using an off-sides trap.
“They timed their runs well to beat us on the off-sides trap,” said Gray. “We made an adjustment and it really worked well.”
Last Wednesday, the Lady Aviators defeated Springfield 12-0. Scoring for Butler were Brianna Fourman (4), Gabby Nutt (2), Chaney, Erin Tepe, Kayla Duff, Haley Hutchison, Rakestraw, and Skylar Rose.
Gray said his team’s experience has paid off in the Aviator’s fast start at 4-1 overall.
“Experience has made a big difference,” he said. “We only graduated two starters from last year, and the girls that took their spots were experienced too, which helps a lot.”
Gray said that in the week ahead the Aviators will face stiff challenges with Miamisburg, Xenia, and Sidney.
“Miamisburg is 1-2 which is a little uncharacteristic, but they have played a tough schedule,” said Gray. “They are usually a very solid program.”
Butler will host Miamisburg on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 30 p.m. They will travel to Xenia on Monday at 6 p.m. and then return home on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. for the opening of Greater Western Ohio Conference North division play vs. Sidney.
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