October 1, 2008

Bulldogs Host Valparaiso In Horizon League Test

Oct. 1, 2008

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HOME STRETCH: Butler, coming off a stretch of six consecutive matches away from home, will return to the Butler Bowl for the first time in a month to host Horizon League opponent Valparaiso on Friday, Oct. 3. The match between the two Indiana foes is slated for 1:30 p.m. (ET). Butler is 10-1 all-time against Valparaiso, and the Bulldogs have won the last five meetings between the two teams. The Crusaders' lone victory in the series came in 2001, 1-0, in Valparaiso. The two squads are meeting as league opponents for the second straight year. The Bulldogs (6-1-2, 1-0-1 Horizon League) began league play with a pair of road matches at Green Bay and Milwaukee. Butler and Green Bay battled to a 0-0 tie through two overtime periods, before the Bulldogs bounced back with a 4-3 victory at Milwaukee. The two matches wrapped up Butler's busy travel schedule, which included matches in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Bulldogs finished that stretch of contests with a 3-1-2 record.

The Bulldogs have won five consecutive matches in the Butler Bowl.

LEAGUE START: The Bulldogs remained unbeaten in Horizon League play after their first weekend of conference action. After battling to a scoreless deadlock in the league-opener at Green Bay, Butler put on its strongest offensive performance of the season to post a win at Milwaukee. The Bulldogs recorded season-highs for goals (4), assists (6) and points (14) in the victory, while finishing with the second-highest single match total for shots (21). Butler matched its season-high for shots on goal (11) against the Panthers. Sophomore Kyle Pateros gave Butler an early advantage at Milwaukee with two goals in the first ten minutes of the match, and the Bulldogs went on to build a 4-2 halftime advantage. Milwaukee cut the margin to one with just over four minutes to play, but the Bulldogs held on for their sixth victory of the season.

SET-UP CREW: Senior forward Eduardo Garcia had a career-best three assists in Butler's victory at Milwaukee, while junior midfielder Boris Gatzky chipped in with two assists in the win. The two Butler players teamed for assists on the first two goals of the match and Garcia added another assist on Butler's third goal. The three assists by Garcia tied the second-highest single match assist total in Butler men's soccer history, trailing only the school-record four assists Matt Morgan had against Valparaiso in 1991. Garcia now has 13 career assists, leaving him one shy of tenth place on Butler's all-time assist chart. Gatzky has 10 career assists in less than two seasons with the Bulldogs!

Eduardo Garcia leads the Horizon League in assists (0.67 pg).

BULLDOG BITS: Senior Frank Patano recorded his team-leading eighth goal of the season at Milwaukee. He currently stands in sixth place on Butler's all-time list for scoring (73 points) and for goals scored (32). He's two goals shy of Michael Mariscalco, 1999-2002, in fifth place on Butler's all-time list...Frank Patano leads the Horizon League in goals (8), shots (37) and game-winning goals (4)...Butler goalkeeper Nick Hegeman picked his fourth shutout of the season and the fifth of his career in Butler's 0-0 tie at Green Bay. He had three saves in the match...Nick Hegeman is second in the Horizon League in goals against average (0.78). He leads the league in shutouts per game (0.67), and he's tied for the league lead in shutouts (4)...Freshman Matt Hedges, who scored his first collegiate goal in Butler's victory over Robert Morris on Sept. 19, recorded his first collegiate game-winner with Butler's fourth goal at Milwaukee...Sophomore Kyle Pateros is tied for third in the Horizon League in goals (4), and he's tied for fourth in the league in points (9)...The Bulldogs have posted six shutouts in nine matches this season, which ties the eighth-highest single season total in Butler men's soccer history. Butler's school-record for shutouts is nine.