Bulldogs Head To Western Kentucky Tournament
Sept. 6, 2007
TOURNAMENT RUN: Butler will face the second of three consecutive tournaments when it visits the Fairfield Inn Bowling Green WKU Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky, Sept. 7 & 9. The Bulldogs will meet host Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Sept. 7, in the first round of the tournament, and then take on Appalachian State at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, in the final round. The four-team tournament will be played at the WKU Soccer Complex at Western Kentucky University. The Bulldogs are coming off a championship at The Courtyard By Marriott Flyer Classic (Aug. 31-Sept. 2). Butler opened the tournament with a 3-2 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) and then wrapped up the title in the four-team meet with a 4-0 victory over Sacramento State. It was Butler's second tournament championship under second-year head coach Kelly Findley. The Bulldogs will close out their run of three straight invitational meets at the Northern Illinois Tournament, Sept. 14-16.
Butler is 2-0 for the second time in the past three seasons.
HONOR ROLL: Butler forward Frank Patano was named Horizon League Men's Soccer Player of the Week, after helping lead Butler to the team title at the Dayton Flyer Classic. Patano was the leading scorer in the tournament with three goals and an assist in Butler's two tournament matches. He turned in the biggest play of Butler's young season with an unassisted goal with just 39 seconds remaining in the match to lift the Bulldogs past St. Francis (Pa.) in the opening round of the Flyer Classic. He also scored Butler's first goal in the match. The Butler junior added a third goal and an assist against Sacramento State. Patano was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Frank Patano was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the week ending Sept 2, 2007.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Paced by tournament MVP Frank Patano, the Bulldogs wound up with four players on the All-Tournament team at the 2007 Courtyard by Marriott Flyer Classic, and three of the four were in a Butler uniform for the first time! Junior goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler, a transfer from Reutlingen University in Germany, was named to the tournament honor squad, along with sophomore midfielder Boris Gatzky, a transfer from Gardner-Webb. The fourth Butler player selected was freshman midfielder Ben Sippola.
SAVE MORE: Junior goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler made his Butler debut at the Flyer Classic, and he turned in two solid performances. He went the distance and had eight saves in Butler's victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in the first match of the tournament. Then in the final round, he played the first 80 minutes of the match against Sacramento State, before giving way to junior Nick Hegeman. The two Butler goalkeepers combined on a shutout.
BULLDOG BITS: Butler out-shot Sacramento State, 22-5, in the final round of the Flyer Classic. The Bulldogs had a 13-2 advantage in shots on goal...Three players recorded their first Butler goal at the Flyer Classic. Sophomore Boris Gatzky, who was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year while playing at Gardner-Webb last year, and freshmen Ben Sippola and Dustin Mares, each tallied his first 2007 goal in Butler's win over Sacramento State. Sippola had the game-winner in the match...Junior Frank Patano leads the Horizon League in points (7) and points per game (3.50). He's tied for the league lead in shots (11), goals (3) and goals per game (1.50)...Junior goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler ranks third in the Horizon League in save percentage (.800), and he's fourth in goals against average (1.06). Knopfler ranks fifth in the league in total saves (8)...Butler leads the Horizon League in points (17), goals (7) and goals per game (3.50). The Bulldogs are tied for second in the league in goals against average (1.00).