Sept. 11, 2008
WINDY CITY TRIP: Butler will end a six-day layoff and play its lone men's soccer match of the week when it visits Chicago, Ill., to face DePaul in a non-league contest on Sunday, Sept. 14. The match at DePaul's Wish Field is slated for 1 p.m. (CT, 2 p.m. in Indianapolis). The Bulldogs (3-1-0) have had a week off since dropping their first match of 2008 at Evansville, 3-2, on Sunday Sept. 7. The setback snapped Butler's season-opening, three-match winning streak and marked the first time this year that an opponent scored against the Bulldogs. DePaul, 1-2 on the year after a runner-up finish in the Marquette Invitational, will host Horizon League member Green Bay on Friday, Sept. 12, prior to the match with the Bulldogs.
Butler is 2-0 all-time against DePaul, but the Bulldogs haven't faced the Blue Demons since 1990.
SPLIT DECISION: Butler came out on both ends of a pair of one-goal decisions last week. The Bulldogs scored midway through the second half and then held on to defeat IPFW, 1-0, in the 2008 home-opener at the Butler Bowl on Thursday, Sept. 4. Three days later, Butler fell behind, 3-0, at Evansville, before staging a second-half rally. Back-to-back Butler goals in a three-minute stretch cut the margin to one with 13 minutes remaining, but the Bulldogs were unable to tie the match in the closing minutes. The setback ended Butler's streak of three consecutive shutouts
The last time Butler opened the season with three straight shutouts was 1990. The Bulldogs had a school-record nine shutouts that year, including a 1-0 win over DePaul.
LEAGUE HONOR: Senior Frank Patano was named Horizon League Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 1-7. He scored three goals in three matches during the week and helped Butler to a 2-1-0 record. The Franklin Park, Ill., native scored both goals in Butler's 2-0 Labor Day victory over Northeastern in the second round of the Courtyard By Marriott East Classic in Louisville, Ky., and then he notched the Bulldogs' lone goal in the win over IPFW. The two game-winning shots gave Patano a league-high three game-winning goals on the young season. For the week, Patano tallied three goals, six points, 10 shots and five shots on goal. The league honor was the second of Patano's career. He previously had been named Horizon League Player of the Week on Sept. 4, 2007, after helping Butler to the team title at the Courtyard By Marriott Flyer Classic in Dayton, Ohio.
Frank Patano has scored 9 game-winning goals during his Butler career.
BULLDOG BITS: Forward Frank Patano has moved into a tie for sixth place on Butler's all-time list for goals scored with 28. He's tied with Scott Weiger, 1990-93. Patano stands seventh on Butler's all-time scoring list with 64 points, one shy of Weiger in sixth place...Patano had a season-high six shots against IPFW, including two shots on goal. He has a team-high 13 shots on the season and 110 for his Butler career...Junior goalkeeper Nick Hegeman made his first start this season in Butler's match against IPFW, and he wound up recording his second career shutout. Hegeman played in six matches last season, including four as a starter...Sophomore Ben Sippola picked up an assist on Patano's game-winning goal against IPFW. Three days later he scored his first goal of the season in Butler's match at Evansville...Junior Kyle VondenBenken picked up his first assist of the season on a goal by sophomore Connor Burt at Evansville. VondenBenken was second on the team in assists last season with four...The Bulldogs out-shot IPFW and Evansville, 33-19, last week. On the season, Butler has out-shot its opponents 61-30, and the Bulldogs have a 29-9 advantage in shots on goal.