The Butler men's soccer team took a big step forward last fall with the fourth-highest win total in school history. That forward progress continued in a spring development season that saw the Bulldogs roll to a 6-1-1 record.
Head coach Kelly Findley, who guided Butler to a 13-3-4 record in 2008, challenged his 23-player squad with a spring schedule that included three Big 10 foes, Michigan State, Ohio State and Indiana. The Bulldogs responded with a 1-1-1 record in those three contests and then won the remaining five matches on the spring slate.
The Bulldogs gave up only two goals in the eight spring matches, while scoring 12. Findley's squad posted shutouts in seven of the eight spring contests. That strong defensive performance followed a fall campaign that saw the Bulldogs set Butler single season records for fewest goals allowed (16), best goals against average (0.76) and most shutouts (10).
"We are very pleased with the progress we made as a group throughout the winter and spring training phases," said Findley. "The players demonstrated great character, work ethic and determination throughout the entire season and we fully expect the progress we made to pay dividends this fall."
The Bulldogs will return to preseason camp in August and will play their first exhibition match at home against Dayton on August 19. Butler will open the 2009 campaign at IPFW on Sept. 1.