KETTERING — The Butler Lady Aviators soccer team continued its roll on Monday night with a 4-1 win at Fairmont. The win improved Butler’s record to 8-1 overall and was the Lady Aviators seventh straight victory.
Bri Fourman scored the first two goals for Butler on assists by Brittany Petrosky. Lauren Chaney scored the other two goals on direct kicks.
Goalkeeper Ericka Washburn recorded 12 saves while allowing one goal.
“I’m glad we won,” said Butler head coach John Gray, “but we have to play better than we did against Fairmont. We needed to put them away early and we didn’t.”
Gray said he is pleasantly surprised by the Aviators’ record, but knew they were capable of it.
“I was hoping for it, knew they were capable of it, and knew they were capable of winning the (GWOC) North,” said Gray. “If we play like we did against Fairmont, however, we won’t win it.”
Butler boasts the top four offensive players in the GWOC North division in Petrosky, Fourman, Chaney, and Keoni Rakestraw. Petrosky and Rakestraw lead the league with 10 goals each, Fourman has nine, and Chaney has seven while leading the Lady Aviators with eight assists.
Butler, who stands at 1-0 in the North division, enters a pivotal part of its schedule on Thursday as they travel to Greenville (0-7, 0-1). The Aviators then host Troy on Wednesday, Sept. 30 in what Gray calls Butler’s “biggest game of the year.”
“Troy is one of the biggest games we have left on the schedule and is basically for the GWOC North title,” he said.
He hopes to see improvement on Thursday at Greenville.
“We have to get better, get back to passing and quit playing kick and chase,” said Gray. “We need to pass the ball, and work it, and last night we didn’t do that.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.