Grizzlies outlasted by Hutchinson at home

Grizzlies outlasted by Hutchinson at home

EL DORADO, Kan. – The 18th-ranked Butler Grizzlies dropped a 1-0 home decision to the 10th-ranked Hutchinson Blue Dragons at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex on Saturday evening.

Butler (5-5-5, 4-5-3 KJCCC) lost its third straight game, all three to nationally-ranked KJCCC opponents. Hutchinson (11-1-3, 8-1-3) won its fourth straight contest, all conference games. The win for the Blue Dragons was their first in El Dorado since the 2014 season.

The Grizzlies travel to Arkansas City on Wednesday, Oct. 11, to take on Cowley at 5:30 p.m. They will be looking for revenge after Cowley mounted a late comeback to defeat the Grizzlies in El Dorado back on Sept. 9.

The Blue Dragons scored the game's lone goal in the 23rd minute as Kaitlyn Edwards headed in a corner kick from Adriana Delgado to make it 1-0. The goal was Hutchinson's only shot of the first half.

At the break Butler had six shots to Hutchinson's one. Each team had three fouls while the Blue Dragons had two corner kicks to Butler's one.

Grizzly keeper Carla Apodaca finished with four saves and one goal allowed while Hutchinson's Karsyn Slothower had four saves on four shots on goal, no goals allowed.

Saki Matsumoto and Rose Loyle led Butler with two shots a piece, with Loyle's both being shots on goal. For the game, Butler outshot Hutchinson 10-8.

The Grizzlies pushed late as they had two shots in the final five minutes but were unable to send one through.