September 25, 2012

Bulldogs Visit Ohio State For Non-League Contest

OHIO RUN:  Butler will begin a tough three-match stretch in Ohio when it visits Ohio State for a non-conference tilt on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  The match, Butler's lone test this week, is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  The Bulldogs take a 2-1-4 record into the contest, following a 3-0 victory over state foe Evansville on Wednesday, Sept. 19.  The three goals were a season-high for Bulldogs, and the shutout was Butler's third in seven matches.  The win over Evansville came on the heels of a runner-up finish at the Akron Tournament, Sept. 14-16, where the Bulldogs posted ties with #11 South Florida and #10 St. John's.  Ohio State (3-5-1) dropped its last outing at home to #15 Indiana, 2-0, on Sunday, Sept. 23.  The Buckeyes out-shot Indiana, 16-10, in that loss, including a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.  Butler is making its first visit to Ohio State since 2009, when the Buckeyes claimed a 2-1 decision.  The Bulldogs are 2-3-1 against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, including a 1-0 victory over the #22-ranked Buckeyes in 2005.  Following the Ohio State match, the Bulldogs will be idle for eight days before returning to Ohio to face Dayton in Butler's Atlantic 10 Conference opener on Oct. 5.  Butler also will play at Xavier on Oct. 7.         

Butler is 4-4-2 all-time against Ohio State.
      
QUICK STRIKE:  Junior Adam Glanzer scored just over three minutes into the match against Evansville, giving the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead and setting the stage for Butler's second win of the season.  Freshman Caleb Postlewait picked up his first collegiate assist on the play with an forward pass to teammate Tyler Pollock, who served the ball to Glanzer directly in front of the Evansville goal.  Glanzer finished the play with a shot to the upper right corner of the net for his team-best third goal of the season.  It was Butler's earliest score in seven matches this season.

DEFENSIVE POSTURE:  Butler head coach Paul Snape credited the Bulldogs' defense for the victory over Evansville, which had entered the match with a 4-1 record.  Leading that defensive charge was goalkeeper Jon Dawson.  The 6-5 junior stopped two Evansville shots on goal in the first half and then picked up another save in the final period, while recording his third shutout of the season.  Dawson was coming off a strong performance at the Akron Tournament, where he recorded 10 total saves and helped limit to nationally-ranked opponents to three total goals.  

Jon Dawson has recorded six career shutouts in 22 career matches.                   

BULLDOG BITS:  Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson is tied for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference in shutouts (3).  He ranks fifth in the 16-team league in goals against average (0.76), and he's tied for seventh in the circuit in saves (28)...Freshman Jeff Adkins had a team-high five shots against Evansville, including a career-best three shots on goal.  He also picked up an assist on Butler's second goal in the match...Sophomore Zach Steinberger scored his first 2012 goal to wrap up Butler's scoring against Evansville.  The second-year midfielder was Butler's second-leading scorer a year ago...Freshman Mitch Ostrowski picked up his first collegiate assist on Butler's final goal against Evansville...Senior Justin Sass returned to action with a brief appearance against Evansville.    Sass, who started 17 matches as a defender for the Bulldogs a year ago, had missed Butler's previous three matches with injury.