October 11, 2007

Bulldogs Face Windy City Weekend

Oct. 11, 2007

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CHICAGO CLUBS: Butler will head north on I-65 for a pair of weekend Horizon League matches in Chicago. The Bulldogs (4-5-3, 1-1-1 Horizon League) will visit defending league regular season champ UIC (4-3-4, 0-0-2 HL) on Friday, Oct. 12, for a 7 p.m. (CT, 8 p.m. ET) match at Flames Field. Two days later, Butler will travel to the north side of the Windy City for a match against defending league tournament champ Loyola (5-3-3, 1-0-2 HL). The Sunday, Oct. 14, contest will be played at the Loyola Soccer Park starting at 3 p.m. (CT, 4 p.m. ET). UIC posted ties against Cleveland State, 1-1, and Detroit, 0-0, in its first two league tests last weekend. The Flames, unbeaten on their home field this fall, will be playing their first home contest since Sept. 18. Loyola also had a 0-0 tie with Detroit last weekend, before bouncing back with a 2-0 victory over Cleveland State. The Ramblers are 1-1-1 at home this season. Butler is looking to snap a four-match winless streak. The Bulldogs dropped three consecutive matches, before posting a 0-0 tie with league-leading Green Bay.

The Bulldogs are 3-1-2 outside of Indiana this season.

DIFFERENT STROKES: Butler's first full home weekend of the season produced two vastly different matches for the Bulldogs. Visiting UW-Milwaukee scored early in the first match of the weekend match on Friday, Oct. 5, and then pulled away for a 3-0 victory. It was the first win of the season for Milwaukee and the first Horizon League setback for the Bulldogs. Less than 48 hours later, Butler hosted the Horizon League's top team, Green Bay. On a hot and humid afternoon, the two league foes battled for 110 minutes before settling for a 0-0 tie. It was Butler's first shutout since the third match of the season and just the third shutout of the year.

SAVE MORE: Butler head coach Kelly Findley opted to make a goalkeeper change minutes before his team's home match with league-leading Green Bay. The decision proved to be inspired. Junior Nick Hegeman was given his first start in goal since 2005, and the rangy goalkeeper responded with a career-high nine saves against the League's top scoring team. Hegeman had three saves each in the first two periods and then added three more in the first overtime period. Several of his saves were of the spectacular variety, keeping the league-leading Phoenix off the scoreboard. Hegeman had just eight saves in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs and just three saves this year prior to the Green Bay start.

NET SEARCH: Butler scored a league-high 20 goals in the first 10 matches this fall, but the Bulldogs have been held scoreless for the last 257:18. Butler's last goal came late in the first half against Evansville on Sept. 30. The Bulldogs tallied 18 goals in the first eight matches this season, but have tallied only two goals in the last four outings.

Butler leads the Horizon League in goals (20), goals per game (1.67) and corners (67).

BULLDOG BITS: Junior Frank Patano continues to rank second in the Horizon League in points (13), points per game (1.18), goals (6) and goals per game (0.55). He stands 10th in the league in shots (25) and ninth in shots per game (2.27)...Sophomore Boris Gatzky is tied for the Horizon League lead in assists (5) and assists per game (0.42). Gatzky, who transferred to Butler from Gardner-Webb, is tied for third in the league in points (11) and points per game (0.92), and he's tied for seventh in the league in goals (3). Freshman Connor Burt also has three goals this season...Goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler ranks fourth in the league in saves with 46, and he's fifth in saves per game (4.18). Knopfler has one shutout this season...The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 this season when leading at halftime...Butler upset #17 UIC, 1-0, at the Butler Bowl last season. The game-winning goal was scored by forward John DeVae, who had transferred to Butler from UIC.