League-Leading Butler Visits Wright State
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler, boasting the best record in the
NCAA Division I, will be looking for a 12th consecutive win when it
visits Horizon League foe Wright State for a men's soccer
match on Saturday, Oct. 16. The contest at Wright
State's Alumni Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) and will be
broadcast live on the Horizon League Network.
The #9-ranked Bulldogs, the last unbeaten, untied team in Division I, improved to 11-0-0 on the season with a 5-0, non-league victory over Bowling Green on Wednesday (Oct. 13). Five different Butler players scored in the contest, which wrapped up the Bulldogs' four-match homestand. The five goals matched a season scoring-high for the Bulldogs, and the shutout was Butler's sixth this season.
Senior Ben Sippola, who scored one of Butler's five goals against Bowling Green, currently ranks second in the Horizon League in points (19) and goals (7), and he's tied for first in the league in assists (5). Sippola had the game-winner in Butler's 3-1 victory over Wright State a year ago.
The Bulldogs, boasting a league-best 4-0-0 conference record, continue to lead the Horizon League in points (87), goals (28), assists (31), goals against average (0.44) and shutouts (6). Goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler boasts a league-best (0.49) goals against average, and he leads the league with five shutouts. Knopfler yielded goal-keeping duties to sophomore Jon Dawson in the Bowling Green match, and Dawson recorded a shutout in his first collegiate start.
Butler's 11 consecutive victories represent the best season start and the longest winning streak in school history.
Following the Wright State contest, the Bulldogs will play three of their final five matches at home, beginning with a non-league test against IUPUI on Wednesday, Oct. 20. That match at the Butler Bowl will start at 3 p.m. (ET).