Bulldogs Close Home Slate Against A-10 Foes
HOME FINALE: Butler will close out its 2012 home schedule and try to make a move in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings with a pair of key weekend matches. The Bulldogs will host George Washington on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. (ET) and then face #22 Charlotte on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played in the Butler Bowl. Butler (4-6-5, 2-3-1 A-10) is bidding to be one of eight teams to advance to the A-10 Men's Soccer Championship in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 8-11. The Bulldogs currently sit in eighth place in the league standings, narrowly ahead of La Salle, Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure. George Washington (5-10-0, 2-4-0 A-10) is tied for 12th place, but could make a jump in the tightly packed standings. Charlotte, last year's national runner-up, enters this weekend's action ranked No. 22 nationally and in second place in the A-10 standings. Butler will be facing both league opponents for the first time.
The Bulldogs are 3-2 in the Butler Bowl this season.
NATIONAL FLAVOR: Charlotte will be the second "Top 25" team to visit the Butler Bowl this fall, following a match against No. 21 VCU on Oct. 14, and the 49ers will be Butler's sixth "Top 25" opponent in the past 13 matches. Only one of Butler's previous five matches against nationally-ranked foes was decided by more than a single goal. The Bulldogs dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 11 Indiana on Oct. 16, after narrow losses at No. 17 Xavier, 2-1, and to No. 21 VCU, 1-0. Butler tied No. 10 St. John's, 1-1, and No. 11 South Florida, 2-2.
SENIOR DAY: Butler will pay tribute to three senior members of this year's squad and one team manager prior to Sunday's home finale against nationally-ranked Charlotte. Facing their final match in the Butler Bowl will be seniors Tyler Pollock, Justin Sass and Jared Isenthal, plus student manager Jack Morlock. Pollock has played in 69 career matches, while Isenthal has played in 62 contests over the past four seasons. Sass, who transferred to Butler from Evansville a year ago, has been a starting defender in 27 matches over the past two seasons.
ROOKIE HONOR: Freshman Jeff Adkins was named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week for his performance in Butler's weekend matches at Temple and Saint Joseph's. Adkins scored the game-winning goal with 1:19 remaining to give Butler a 2-1 victory over Saint Joseph's. He also had an assist on Butler's first goal in the match. Two nights earlier, the first-year forward had one of three Butler goals in the final 16 minutes that erased a 3-0 deficit and lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-3 tie against league-leading Temple.
BULLDOG BITS: Butler picked up its first Atlantic 10 Conference road victory with a 2-1 decision at Saint Joseph's. The Bulldogs jumped in front on a goal by sophomore Zach Steinberger, but needed a late score by freshman Jeff Adkins to secure the win...Jeff Adkins took over Butler's scoring lead with two goals and an assist on the Bulldogs' two-match trip to Philadelphia, Pa. Adkins has 12 points on the season, one better than junior Adam Glanzer... Junior Jon Dawson had seven saves in each of Butler's weekend matches at Temple and Saint Joseph's. The Butler goalkeeper has 73 saves on the season, which ranks tenth on the Bulldogs' all-time single season charts. Dawson ranks 17th in the NCAA Division I in total saves.