Butler soccer picked up its 10th win of the season with a 3-1 home victory over Otero (CO) in non-conference play Friday at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.
The 18th-ranked Grizzlies (10-4 overall, 7-1 conference) opened the contest with a Ky Kreemer goal from 15 yards out in the 36th minute. Kreemer got a pass from Holly Stewart, then slotted a ball past Otero goalkeeper Shelby Koether from the right side. Kreemer's goal was her team-high ninth of the season.
Butler only led 1-0 at halftime and trailed in the shot category (6-5) despite having a slight wind advantage for the first 45 minutes.
Two quick goals by the Grizzlies in the second half gave Butler a cushion lead over the Rattlers. Zion DeWerff put in an open-net goal in the 52nd minute that was assisted by Stewart, then Michelle Palfrey hammered a right-footed shot into the upper right corner moments later for a 3-0 lead.
Janae Reyes scored Otero's lone goal with just three seconds remaining.
Butler outshot Otero 19-10 for the game, including a 14-4 shot advantage in the second half. Sophomore keeper Elena Garcia improved to 10-4 overall, making seven saves in the win.
Butler returns to Jayhawk Conference action on Sunday in Chanute with a 3:00 p.m. road contest at Neosho County. With a win, the Grizzlies can move a half-game ahead of Johnson County in the Jayhawk East standings. The Cavaliers (9-3, 7-1) do not have a conference game until Thursday at Coffeyville.
NOTES: Butler now leads the series 2-1-0 overall over Otero. Friday's contest was just the second time the Grizzlies had faced the Rattlers at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex... DeWerff's goal in the second half was the 1,600th goal scored in the history of the Grizzlies' soccer program... Butler finishes the non-conference schedule with a 2-1 record at home. The Grizzlies have finished .500 or better vs. non-conference opponents at home since going 0-2 during their inaugural season in 2002. Butler is 37-11-3 all-time at home vs. non-conference teams.