Butler Hosts St. John's in BIG EAST Matchup

Butler Hosts St. John's in BIG EAST Matchup
Jeff Adkins

HOME STAND CONTINUED: The Butler men's soccer team continues a brief two game homestand with a match against the St. John's Red Storm Saturday night at the Butler Bowl after a 3-2 loss to No. 22 Creighton earlier this week. Butler finished off a three game road trip last week with a 1-4 loss to No. 11 Georgetown on Saturday. The previous two games of the road trip saw the Bulldogs beat Seton Hall and drop a double overtime match to BIG EAST leader Marquette.

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

MITCHELL, GOLDSMITH SCORE FOR BUTLER: Sophomore Vincent Mitchell and freshman David Goldsmith each contributed a goal to the Butler effort Wednesday night. Mitchell's goal came in the 13th minute and broke a scoreless tie, his third goal of the season. Goldsmith's tenth goal of the season pulled Butler within one in the 89th minute after Creighton scored three second half goals, but the rally would fall short and the Bulldogs lost 3-2.

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 ten goals and 0.64 goals per game. The Bristol, England native also is tenth in the conference with 34 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 currently on a two match losing streak, their only losing streak of the season. Their loss to Creighton at the Butler Bowl on Wednesday was the first home loss of the season. Goldsmith is currently tied for eighth nationally with 10 goals on the season. The match against St. John's on Saturday is Butler's second to last home match of the season.

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)