Oct. 9, 2008
HIGH PROFILE: Just days after facing #23 Indiana at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis, Butler will return to campus to host unbeaten UIC, ranked fourth in the most recent Soccer America poll. The match between the two current Horizon League co-leaders will take place at 4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Butler Bowl. Both team enter the match with a 2-0-1 league record. UIC, coming off a 0-0 tie against Ohio State on Wednesday (Oct. 8), is 8-0-4 on the season, while the Bulldogs boast a 7-2-2 mark. The Flames were tied by Wright State, 1-1, in their most recent league match, while Butler defeated Valparaiso, 2-1 in overtime, in its last conference outing. Butler had a six-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-0 setback to the Hoosiers in the rain at Kuntz Stadium on Tuesday (Oct. 7). It was Butler's third loss to a nationally-ranked opponent since a victory over #17 UIC in 2006.
The Bulldogs have won six consecutive matches in the Butler Bowl.
SPLIT DECISION: The Bulldogs came away with a win and a loss in the first two matches of their current four-game homestand. Butler began the home stretch at the Butler Bowl with a 2-1 victory over Horizon League foe Valparaiso on a goal by senior Frank Patano just under seven minutes into the first overtime period. It was the Bulldogs' first overtime victory of the season. The Indiana match was played at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers jumped in front just 11 seconds into the match on an unassisted goal by Daniel Kelly. The goal, off a Butler misplay, was the fastest score in Indiana men's soccer history. The Hoosiers added a second half goal and the held off Butler's comeback attempts. The Bulldogs had a 12-10 advantage in shots in the match, but the Hoosiers had six shots on goal to four for Butler.
GAME WINNER: Senior forward Frank Patano recorded his league-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season to power Butler past Valparaiso in overtime. It was also his league-leading ninth goal of 2008 and the 33rd goal of his Butler career. He currently stands sixth on Butler's all-time list for goals scored, two shy of Michael Mariscalco, 1999-2002, in fifth place on the all-time list. Patano has 11 game-winning goals during his four seasons at Butler, including a team-high three game-winners last year.
TEAM WORK: Senior Eduardo Garcia picked up assists on both of Butler's goals against Valparaiso, giving him a league-leading eight assists on the season. He picked up his first assist against the Crusaders on a corner kick at 84:00 and then at 96:40, he crossed the ball from the left side to forward Frank Patano for the game-winner. Garcia's eight assists place him in a tie for fifth place on Butler's single season assist chart, one shy of third place. He's moved into a tie for ninth place on Butler's all-time assist chart with 15 career assists, one shy of Nick Pantazi, 1999-2002, and Stephen Armstrong, 1996-99, in seventh place.
Eduardo Garcia had five assists in Butler's back-to-back Horizon League wins over Milwaukee and Valparaiso.
BULLDOG BITS: Butler's six-match unbeaten streak prior to the Indiana loss was the Bulldogs' longest under head coach Kelly Findley...Butler has a 12-3-2 record in its last 17 matches, dating back to last season...Senior Frank Patano continues to lead the Horizon League in scoring with 19 points. He stands third in the league in shots with 42...Sophomore Kyle Pateros scored his fifth goal of the season in Butler's victory over Valparaiso. He currently is tied for fourth in the league in goals and stands sixth in the circuit in points (11)...Goalkeeper Nick Hegeman ranks third in the Horizon League in goals against average (0.94) and in shutouts (4)...Butler's six shutouts this season ties the eighth-highest single season total in Butler men's soccer history.