VANDALIA — It may have taken a half to play their own style of soccer, but the Butler Lady Aviators turned it on at the right time in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Kenton Ridge Monday evening.
Keoni Rakestraw scored the game winning goal with about four minutes to play to lift Butler to its third straight win. The Aviators are 13-1-1 overall and remained 3-0-1 in GWOC North play after the non-conference tilt.
“Kenton Ridge is a good team and has been ranked in the Division II polls this season, but maybe we took them a little lightly,” said Butler head coach John Gray. “The last couple of times we have played we haven’t played our style on offense or defense. In the second half tonight, we got back to our style of soccer and spent probably 90% of the half in their (Kenton Ridge’s) end of the field.”
Brianna Fourman scored Butler’s first two goals, both on assists from Brittany Petrosky.
“Petrosky’s second assist was a low line drive cross that stayed maybe two feet off the ground the whole way,” said Gray. “It was a good pass.”
Prior to the game, the Lady Aviators honored five seniors on the team: Stephanie Mitrousis, Erin Tepe, Alli Miller, Gabby Nutt, and Lauren Chaney.
“This senior class meant a lot to me,” said Gray. “They were a good class, they are good girls, and they have unbelievable grades in the classroom. I’m glad they got to enjoy the success they have this year because they deserve it.”
Butler also learned its tournament draw on Sunday. The Aviators will open sectional play at home on Thursday, Oct. 22 versus the winner of 6-seeded Northmont (6-6-3) and 15-seed Xenia (3-7-5).
With a win, coupled with an expected Centerville win over Troy or Fairborn, Butler will face the Lady Elks in the sectional finals. Centerville is the only team to defeat Butler this season.
“My girls have been wanting to play Centerville again,” said Gray. “That’s why we took the bye. Of course, we have to beat Xenia or Northmont first. We can’t overlook that game.”
Butler can clinch the GWOC North division championship outright with a win at Trotwood on Wednesday. That contest is set for 7 p.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.