Bulldogs Head To Northern Illinois Tournament
TOURNAMENT TRIP: With wins over then No. 7 Louisville and Houston Baptist in the previous two outings, the Butler men's soccer team will travel to DeKalb, Ill., this weekend to play in a tournament hosted by Northern Illinois University. The Bulldogs will be matched up against Northern Illinois on Friday, September 13, at 6 p.m., and No. 24 Northwestern on Sunday, September 15, at noon. Butler's next home match will be on September 22 against the Brown Bears of The Ivy League. Brown, ranked No. 25 in this week's NSCAA Coach's Poll, will be the second nationally-ranked team the Bulldogs have faced this season. With three more nationally-ranked opponents on the schedule in No. 1 Creighton, No. 12 St. John's and No. 17 Georgetown and three other teams receiving votes in this week's NSCAA Coach's Poll, the schedule doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will play three of their next five matches at home.
WINNING WEEK: Butler remained undefeated on the young season with their only blemish being a tie at IUPUI on September 3. After freshman Anthony Smith Jr. scored the game-winning goal in a rousing victory over Louisville, the Bulldogs returned home and scored four goals against Houston Baptist. Head coach Paul Snape noted that the performance against Houston Baptist wasn't perfect, but that was to be expected after an exhausting effort against Louisville only three days before.
TRIPLE PLAY: Sparking the Bulldogs 4-1 victory over Houston Baptist was freshman David Goldsmith, who recorded his first career "hat trick" in the win. Goldsmith, a native of Bristol, England, scored goals in the 11th, 50th and 89th minutes. His performance was Butler's first "hat trick" since Ben Sippola's pulled off the feat almost exactly three years earlier. Sippola also scored three goals against Houston Baptist on September 10, 2010, three years and one day earlier Goldsmith's. Sophomore Zach Steinberger scored Butler's other goal of the night in the 89th minute.
GUARDING THE NET: Butler's defense has been led by senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson for most of the young season, but the Bulldogs sent junior Andy Holte to guard the net at Louisville. In his first start of the season, Holte held an aggressive Louisville team scoreless for all 90 minutes on his way to picking up his first win of the season and his first career shutout. Against Houston Baptist, Dawson was back in net and allowed just one goal, while recording four saves. Dawson improved to 2-0-1 on the season.
BULLDOG BITS: After Zach Steinberger became the first Butler player to be honored by the BIG EAST a week earlier, Anthony Smith Jr. was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for his performance scoring the game-winning goal against Louisville. Andy Holte was also named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll...Butler is tied with Providence for second in the BIG EAST standings, trailing only national No. 1 Creighton. Butler was picked to finish eighth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll. The Bulldogs received 10 votes in this week's NSCAA Coach's Poll.
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