Butler Hosts No. 22 Creighton

Butler Hosts No. 22 Creighton
David Goldsmith

FINALLY HOME: After a three game road trip in which they finished 1-2, the Butler men's soccer team finally returns home to face No. 22 Creighton at the Butler Bowl. Following a double overtime loss to BIG EAST leader Marquette and a win over Seton Hall, the Bulldogs dropped the final game of the road trip 1-4 to No. 11 Georgetown. With Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays looming, the Bulldogs will play two teams from last season's College Cup Final Four back-to-back.

Butler is 3-4-1 on the road this season. The Bulldogs are 6-0-0 at home.

SMITH A BRIGHT SPOT: Freshman A.R. Smith scored Butler's only goal of the week against Georgetown on Saturday. In the 87th minute, Smith took a shot from the directly in front of the goal. Senior Adam Glanzer assisted on the goal, his second assist of the season. Smith took two shots on the night, both on goal. Freshman David Goldsmith led the team with four shots against Georgetown, one of which was on goal. Butler finished with ten shots on the night. Smith is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST with two game-winning goals.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Butler ranks second in the conference in total points, goals and goals per game. Georgetown leads the conference in all those categories. The Bulldogs are fourth in the conference with 23 assists on the season. Defensively, Butler ranks second in the conference in saves with 68 on the season. The team is also tied for third with five shutouts on the season. Finally, Butler has the third highest attendance average in the conference. The Bulldogs see about 971 fans per game this season, trailing only Creighton and St. John's.

ADKINS, STEINBERGER, GOLDSMITH PACE BUTLER OFFENSE: Goldsmith, sophomore Jeff Adkins and junior Zach Steinberger each rank near the top of the conference in several important offensive categories. Adkins is second among BIG EAST players with 42 shots on the season. He averages three shots per game, also good for second. Goldsmith is tied for second in the conference in total points with 20 on the season. He is tied for the BIG EAST lead with nine goals and 0.64 goals per game. The Bristol, England native also is tenth in the conference with 32 shots on the season. Steinberger is tied for fifth in the conference with six goals on the season. He averages 0.46 goals per game, also good for fifth.

ASSISTANCE, PLEASE: Adkins is tied for first in the conference with seven assists on the season. He averages 0.5 assists per contest, good for sole possession of second in the BIG EAST. Sophomore Vincent Mitchell, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first this season last week, is tied for eighth in the conference with with four assists.

BULLDOG BITS:  Butler is meeting Creighton for the fourth time overall, and the Bulldogs are looking for their first victory in the series.  Creighton is 2-0-1 all-time against Butler...Freshman David Goldsmith has scored all nine of his goals this season in the Butler Bowl, and all 20 of his points have come in Indianapolis.  Goldsmith had one assist at the Butler Bowl and one at IUPUI...Butler needs a win or a tie in its remaining matches to clinch a winning record for 2013.

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)