DAYTON — The Butler Lady Aviators traveled to Chaminade Julienne on Saturday to christen the Eagles’ Roger Glass Stadium but the Lady Eagles proved to be not-so-friendly hosts in dropping Butler by a 5-2 score.
Brittney Petrosky and Maddie Mitchell each scored a goal for Butler while Petrosky and Brooke Scherer added an assist each.
Head coach John Gray saw lots of room for improvement and said that with an expanded Greater Western Ohio Conference schedule, the improvement needs to come soon.
“We lost every ball and completed 43 percent of our passes – that was it,” said Gray. “In this league, you aren’t going to win doing that.”
The Aviators will open GWOC play on Wednesday versus Fairborn and have only five non-conference games, of which CJ was one.
Under the new GWOC alignment the American North division (Butler, Tippecanoe, Troy, Greenville, Sidney, and Piqua) will combine with the American South division (West Carrollton, Fairborn, Trotwood-Madison, Xenia, and Stebbins) to decide divisional titles.
The Aviators went 14-2-1 overall last year and won the GWOC North with a 4-0-1 record but lost a significant amount of experience from that team.
“We lost five to graduation and then lost two other seniors – six of them were starters,” said Gray. “There are so many injuries in high school soccer because it’s a physical game. There is more physical play versus finesse so you end up with injuries.”
The Lady Aviators will travel to Fairborn on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. kickoff and then Travel to Stebbins on Saturday for a noon contest. Butler returns home on Wednesday, Aug. 31 when they host Trotwood-Madison at 7 p.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @Darrell_Wacker or @VandaliaDrummer.