OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Butler soccer had its school-record 33-game regular season conference winning streak come to an end Friday with a 2-0 loss at Johnson County.
The Cavaliers scored two second-half goals to hand No. 11 Butler (8-4 overall, 6-1 conference) its first regular season loss in Jayhawk Conference play since Oct. 17, 2014. The Grizzlies' loss creates a first-place tie atop the Jayhawk East standings between Butler and Johnson County at 6-1 with five conference games remaining.
Butler kept pace with Johnson in the opening half, as the Cavaliers' best opportunity came on a Paige Downey penalty kick in the ninth minute. Butler goalkeeper Elena Garcia dove to her left to tip Downey's shot out of bounds.
Johnson went up 1-0 on a Millie Hopkisson goal in the 50th minute, as the Cavaliers went down the far sideline on a throw-in. Morgan Hill put a shot on goal inside the penalty area from the left side, which went off the hand of Garcia and right to a trailing Hopkisson, who chipped the ball into the goal with the right foot.
The Cavaliers then added their second goal on a 25-yard free kick from Georgia Vernardakis in the 61st minute. Vernardakis took the shot from the right side, putting it into the upper right-corner of the goal.
Johnson outshot Butler by a 12-11 margin, while the Grizzlies had an 8-7 edge on shots on goal.
Butler will next be in action on Wednesday with a road conference game at Coffeyville. Kickoff from Coffeyville's Veterans Memorial Stadium is at 5:00 p.m.
NOTES: Johnson snapped a 14-game losing streak against Butler. The Grizzlies lead the series 20-7-1 overall against the Cavaliers and have a 5-4-1 edge in games played in Overland Park... The shutout marked the first time the Grizzlies were blanked in a conference game since a 0-0 tie at Allen County on Sept. 26, 2014... Butler suffered its first conference shutout loss since 2010, ending an 87-game regular season conference streak of avoiding a loss without a goal.