October 31, 2007

Bulldogs Close Regular Season At Home

Oct. 31, 2007

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LEAGUE FINALE: Butler will host Wright State in the final regular season Horizon League match for both teams on Thursday, Nov. 1. The match at the Butler Bowl is slated for 4 p.m. (ET). The Bulldogs (7-6-4, 3-2-2 Horizon League) can clinch a winning record and secure the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament with a victory over Wright State (6-11-0, 3-4 Horizon League). Butler enters the match with a season-best, three-game winning streak, while the Raiders boasts a four-match win streak. Both teams own Horizon League wins over Valparaiso, Detroit and Cleveland State this year. The 2007 Horizon League Tournament is scheduled to start at campus sites on Nov. 9. Second round games will be played at campus sites on Nov. 11, with the semifinals and finals slated for Nov. 16 & 18 at the No. 1 seed.

The #4, #5 and #6 seeds in the Horizon League Tournament will host first round matches. The #1, #2 and #2 seeds get a first-round bye.

SENIOR SALUTE: The Butler-Wright State match marks the final regular season contest for a pair of Butler seniors, Ian Sweeney and Jordan Myers. Sweeney, a marketing major from South Bend, Ind., has been a four-year member of Butler's team. He's played in nine matches this fall, and he scored his first career goal in Butler's 4-1 victory at Valparaiso earlier this year. Myers, an English major from Indianapolis, transferred to Butler from the University of Tampa this year. He was a three-year member of the soccer team at Tampa.

STRONG FINISH: The Bulldogs are coming off consecutive victories over Cleveland State (2-1), Detroit (5-1) and IUPUI (3-2). Junior Frank Patano scored the game-winner at Cleveland State just under 16 minutes into the second half, and Butler then unleashed a season-high five goals while rolling past Detroit. The Bulldogs made it three in a row with a come-from-behind win over IUPUI, scoring three times in the second half to secure the victory. The wins over Detroit and IUPUI both came at the Butler Bowl.

HOT STRETCH: Junior Frank Patano scored five goals in three matches to spark the Bulldogs' current win streak. He tallied a single goal against Cleveland State and then notched two goals each against Detroit and IUPUI. His first goal against Detroit tied the match at 1-1, and his second goal against IUPUI tied the contest at 2-2. The Butler forward continues to rank second in the Horizon League in points (23), points per game (1.44), goals (11) and goals per game (0.69). He ranks eighth in the league in shots (40) and for seventh in shots per game (2.50). Patano has scored five goals in the Butler Bowl this season. He has a league-high three multi-goal matches this fall.

BULLDOG BITS: Junior Boris Gatzky is tied for the league lead in assists (6), and he ranks second in the circuit in assists per game (0.35). Gatzky ranks third in the league in shots (47), and he's tied for fourth in the league in goals (5). Gatzky had two goals in Butler's win over Detroit, including the game-winner midway through the first half...Junior Eduardo Garcia's first goal of the season was the game-winner against IUPUI. He scored off an assist from Connor Burt with just 1:14 left in the game...Freshman Kyle Pateros had Butler's first goal at Cleveland State, and he had an assist on the game-winner by Pantano...Junior Nick Hegeman was given the start at goalkeeper against both Detroit and IUPUI, and he picked up the win in both matches. He had three saves against IUPUI...Butler continues to lead the Horizon League in points (84), goals (30) and assists (24). The Bulldogs are fourth in shots (206)...Butler is 7-2-1 this season when scoring 2+ goals, and the Bulldogs are unbeaten (5-0-1) when scoring 3+ goals. Head coach Kelly Findley's squad is 4-1-1 when leading at halftime.