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Butler Wins Monday Finale 2-1 Over St. Louis

November 12, 2012 - Butler Community College struck for two first-half goals and held on through a tight second half to defeat St. Louis Community College 2-1 on Monday.

It was the fourth and final game on the opening day of the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.

Butler, of Kansas, seeded fourth, plays defending national champion and fifth-seeded Tyler Junior College of Texas at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tyler plays ninth-seeded St. Louis at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Butler, which improved to 23-2, got goals from sophomore Megan Snyder and freshman Hannah Palomo for its 2-0 halftime lead. But St. Louis, which fell to 16-4-1, struck quickly as freshman Katie Rapisardo found the back of the net 3 minutes and 57 seconds into the second half.

The goal was the first scored on Monday by a lower-seeded team but it wasn't enough to overcome Butler's lead as all four lower seeds went down to defeat.

For Butler, the message from head coach Adam Hunter was simple: Win.

"At the end of the day at this point in the year you want to win and play well and look good but sometimes it's not going to go that way every game," Hunter said.

"Maybe some first game jitters. I know we were here last year and we've got a lot of sophomores. I think still that was a little bit of it. It's just get to the next game, get to the next game."

And the next game is Tyler which has won two of the last three national titles.

"They've got a great reputation here, they've won two of the last three and they're the defending national champions. But we've played them the last couple of years in the regular season and I don't think they're going to give us anything we haven't had to deal with this year."

For St. Louis head coach Juergen Huettner, his message to his team was to put Monday behind them.

"It's a tough one, you've got to swallow this one right now," he said. "Hopefully we go out there with the same attitude we had in the second half."