Butler Faces Top Foes At Akron Tournament
NATIONAL VIEW: Butler will square off against two of the top teams in the nation when it travels to Akron, Ohio, to participate in the four-team University of Akron Tournament, Sept. 14-16. The Bulldogs will face South Florida in the first round of the tournament on Friday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and then meet St. John's at noon on Sunday, Sept. 16. All matches will be played at Akron's FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field.
The University of Akron Tournament
Friday, Sept. 14
South Florida vs. Butler, 3:30 p.m.
St. John's vs. Akron, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16
St. John's vs. Butler, 12 p.m.
South Florida vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m.
South Florida, ranked second in the nation a week ago, will enter this weekend's match with a #11 national rank. The Bulls are 4-1 on the young season with the lone setback coming to South Carolina, 1-0. St. John's enters the weekend with a 5-0-1 record and a No. 10 national rank, while host Akron is ranked No. 9.
Butler is unbeaten in its last 18 regular season tournament contests.
SHORT HOMESTAND: The Bulldogs (1-1-2) managed to complete just one of two scheduled home matches last weekend. Heavy thunderstorms that passed through central Indiana on Friday, Sept. 7, forced the cancellation of Butler's match against Northern Kentucky with six minutes remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Jordan Burt just over 31 minutes into the match, and that's where the score stood when the contest was called. Two days later, the Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision to Central Arkansas, snapping a three-match unbeaten streak and wrapping up the brief homestand.
OFFENSIVE PRESSURE: Butler doubled the number of shots taken by Central Arkansas, but still suffered its first setback of the season. The Bulldogs fired 18 shots in the match and had seven shots on goal. The visiting Bears finished with nine shots, seven of which were on target. Butler trailed 2-0 in the final period before sophomore Adam Glanzer found the back of the net with a header after taking a pass teammate Brandon Fricke. Glanzer came off the bench in the second half and sparked the Bulldogs with four shots, including three shots on goal. Butler had a 13-1 advantage in shots after intermission.
Butler ranks third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in shots per match (17.75).
BULLDOG BITS: Butler is tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in fewest goals allowed (3). The Bulldogs are sixth in the 16-team league in goals against average (0.68)...Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson is tied for fifth in the A-10 in save percentage (.833), and he stands sixth in the league in goals against average (0.68)...Jon Dawson matched his season-high with five saves against Central Arkansas. He also had five saves against William & Mary in Butler's season-opener...Freshman Jeff Adkins had a career-high five shots in Butler's match with Central Arkansas. Adkins is tied with junior Austin Oldham for the team lead in shots (13)...Junior Adam Glanzer recorded his sixth career goal in Butler's match against Central Arkansas. He was third on the team in goals scored (3) a year ago.