Butler vs. Richmond
Friday, October 12, 7 p.m. (ET)
Butler Bowl - Indianapolis, Ind.
Butler vs. VCU
Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m. (ET)
Butler Bowl - Indianapolis, Ind.
NEW VISITORS: Butler's first home matches in the Atlantic 10 Conference will be against a pair of first-time foes. The Bulldogs will host Richmond on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. (ET), before taking on VCU in a league test on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Both matches will be played in the Butler Bowl. Butler (2-4-4), playing at home for the first time since Sept. 19, is trying to snap a string of three straight setbacks in Ohio, including a pair to A-10 foes. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision at Dayton in their first A-10 men's soccer competition and then fell at No. 17 Xavier two days later. Richmond (4-7-0) also is coming off back-to-back A-10 losses. The Spiders fell at home to George Washington, 2-1, and then dropped a second home match to No. 22 Charlotte, 2-0. VCU, ranked No. 21 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I poll, defeated both George Washington and Charlotte in its first two A-10 tests. The 6-1-3 Rams play at Saint Louis on Friday (Oct. 12) before visiting the Butler Bowl. Following the match with VCU, Butler will have just two remaining home contests this season. The Bulldogs will host George Washington on Oct. 26 and Charlotte on Oct. 28.
The Bulldogs are 2-1 in the Butler Bowl this season.
NATIONAL LOOK: VCU will be the fourth "Top 25" team Butler has faced already this season. The Bulldogs battled to a 2-2 tie against #11 South Florida in the first round of the Akron Tournament, Sept. 14-16. Two days later, the Bulldogs tied #10 St. John's, 1-1, in the final round of the four-team meet. Butler placed runner-up at the Akron Tournament, which featured three of the nation's top 11 teams. The Bulldogs dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision at No. 17 Xavier in their last outing.
OPENING WEEK: Butler's introduction to the Atlantic 10 Conference featured about as tough an opening weekend challenge as the league could offer. The Bulldogs opened A-10 play on the road against a Dayton team that was unbeaten in five home tests and then had to travel to unbeaten and No. 17 Xavier! Butler grabbed a 1-0 lead at halftime on a goal by junior Adam Glanzer, but the Flyers stormed back with three goals in the final period to take a 3-1 decision. Two days later, it was Xavier that jumped in front with a 1-0 halftime lead. The Bulldogs tied the score on an unassisted goal by junior Jordan Burt with just over 13 minutes remaining, but Xavier cashed the game-winner with just over seven minutes left to improve to 9-0-2 on the year.
BULLDOG BITS: Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson has moved into fifth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference in saves with 46. Dawson had a career-high nine saves in Butler's match at Dayton, and then he added five saves at Xavier. The Butler goalkeeper is tied for third in the conference in shutouts (3), and he ranks tenth in goals against average (1.38)...Adam Glanzer picked up his team-high fourth goal of the season in Butler's match at Dayton. Glanzer is tied for eighth in the A-10 in goals, and he's tied for fifth in the league in goals per game (0.50)...Freshman Jeff Adkins recorded his team-best third assist of the season on the goal by Adam Glanzer at Dayton...Junior Blake Leyden had a team-high three shots at Dayton, and he shared the team lead at Xavier with two shots...Butler and nationally-ranked Xavier were separated by just a single shot, 12-11, in their A-10 match. The Bulldogs rank seventh in the A-10 in shots per game (14.40).