NIU TOURNAMENT RECAP: After a two match road trip, the Butler men's soccer team returns home this week for a match against Brown on September 22 at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs split two games in the NIU Tournament in DeKalb, Illinois. The Bulldogs kicked off the weekend with a 1-0 victory over host Northern Illinois on Friday. Freshman Anthony Smith Jr. continued his strong play of late by scoring the game-winner in the 34th minute off an assist from sophomore Zach Steinberger. Butler moved on from that victory to face No. 16 Northwestern on Sunday. The Wildcats proved to be too much for Butler, beating the Bulldogs 2-0. The loss was Butler's first of the season.
The Bulldogs will play their next three matches at home, including the BIG EAST opener on September 28 against Villanova.
BUTLER RECEIVING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Butler received 22 votes in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Coaches Poll after receiving 10 votes the week before. The Bulldogs' next two games are against Brown, who received 13 votes this week, and defending national champion Indiana, who received six votes this week.
DAWSON STRONG AGAIN: Against Northern Illinois, senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson played all 90 minutes and shut out the Huskies. Dawson saved the only two NIU shots on goal and picked up his third win of the season. His record now stands at 3-1-1. On the season, Dawson has saved 18 shots, good for a 75 percent save rate. Dawson suffered his first loss of the season against Northwestern on Sunday. He allowed two goals against the Wildcats, but saved one shot in a full 90 minutes of action.
A TOUGH IVY LEAGUE OPPONENT: The Bulldogs host the Brown Bears on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Butler Bowl. The Bears finished last season with a 13-3-3 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Maryland. Their work last season led to a third place finish in the Ivy League.
GOLDSMITH HONORED: Freshman David Goldsmith was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the first time this week. The forward from Bristol, England, scored three goals in Butler's 4-1 victory over Houston Baptist on September 9. His goals in the 11th, 50th and 89th minutes were the first Butler hat trick in three years. Ben Sippola was the last Bulldog to score three in a game on September 10, 2010, also against Houston Baptist. The two hat tricks occurred almost exactly three years to the day apart against the same team.
BULLDOG BITS: Butler currently sits tied for third place in the BIG EAST standings. Conference play starts for the Bulldogs on September 28 against Villanova. Sophomore Jeff Adkins leads the BIG EAST in shots and shots per game with 25. Adkins also took 11 shots in the September 3 game against IUPUI, the most shots taken in a game among all BIG EAST players. Goldsmith is tied for third in the BIG EAST in goals scored with three. He also leads the BIG EAST with six points scored in one game. Smith Jr. is tied for second in the BIG EAST with two game-winning goals.
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