Butler’s first-half goal lifts Grizzlies in NJCAA national tournament


DAYTON BEACH, Fla .– It looks like Natalie Amaya scored a goal over the head of the Iowa Western goalie in the 27th minute.

Not so quickly says the replay.

Amaya’s shot deflected teammate Joy Ngibuini’s header, despite the NJCAA giving Amaya the goal, and Butler knocked out the fourth-seeded Iowa Western Reivers 1-0.

The victory puts Butler (18-4-1) atop Group D in the group stage of the 2021 NJCAA women’s national soccer tournament. The group winner will advance to the national semi-finals on Friday, November 19.

“Nathalie [Amaya] Obviously changed the game, hasn’t it? “Butler head coach Adam Hunter said.” When you can bring in a kid and give it to you on the bench. You know, it’s a really good set. “

Amay’s involvement helped Butler win his first group game at the National Tournament Stadium since his 3-0 victory over Cape Fear CC (NC) in 2016.

“I think we were always going to be a little worried about throwing so many freshmen in their first domestic tournament game,” said Hunter. “You know you can’t recreate the game domestically.”

Nerves led to a lot of back-and-forth in midfield by both teams early on and played like it was going to be a draw before the break. The, Amaya came off the bench, stretched the Reivers’ back line and forced them out of the edge of the box, creating the final winning goal.

With a 1-0 lead in place, Iowa Western (16-2) spiced Butler relentlessly in the second half, much like Cowley did in the Region VI Championship game.

This time, Butler didn’t break up.

While Butler struggled to clear the ball from his defensive third for most of the second half. They had their opportunities on Ngibuini County had a chance but slipped it aside. Kim McAlpine almost put one in a corner but he jumped wide. All of those odds were there for the Grizzlies.

Catastrophe nearly struck in the 72nd minute, but a handball kept the Grizzlies ahead after it appears Iowa Western scored. The Center official wasted no time finding the whistle and signaling the ball with his hand.

“What we’ve done is we’ve fallen this far because we don’t want to be behind us,” Hunter said. “We’ve given up all that space in front of us and they’re just kicking the ball until they get into our back line. Now our back line has to face all those players running over the box. , which is super risky. Then we win the ball and panic and throw it back at him and do the same thing again. “

The Iowa Western hit Butler with eight second-half shot attempts, six of them entering the box after the Grizzlies relatively kept the Reivers out of the box for 18 yards in the first half. Kyrah Klumpp made four saves for the Grizzlies that night.

It was Iowa Western’s first loss since September 25 to Indian Hills.

Butler now turns to Salt Lake CC, the tournament’s fifth seed. The Grizzlies and Bruins were familiar enemies last year in the NJCAA tournament, with Salt Lake CC winning 4-0. Salt Lake dominated Butler in this game, 35-0. SLCC continued and finished second in the spring.

“Our sophomores want to perform better than we did again in Salt Lake this spring,” said Hunter. “I hope it will be a much more competitive game this time around.”

Kick-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. local time, 5:00 p.m. EST at Dayton State College. A win will send the Grizzlies to the NJCAA semifinals on Friday. A loss and they would need help to make it happen.

No. 9 Butler 1, No. 4 Iowa Western 0

Butler 1 0 – 1

West 0 0 – 0

27 ‘- (officially) Amaya (officially: Ngibuini)

Shooting: Butler 14, Iowa Western 11; Corners: Butler 6, Iowa Western 2; Fouls: butler 15; West Iowa 6; Records: Butler — Klumpp 2; 2—4; Western Iowa — Goliveras 3; 0—3

Group D classification

team; save; goals; authorized; difference

Butler 1-0 1 0 +1

Salt Lake 0-0 0 0 0

West Iowa 0 -1 0 1 -1

Charles Chaney has been the sports editor for the Butler County Times-Gazette since August 2019. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @ChuckChaneyBCTG.