Nov. 6, 2007
Butler players Frank Patano, Eduardo Garcia, Boris Gatzky and Kyle Pateros each earned recognition on the 2007 All-Horizon League men's soccer team, chosen by a vote of league coaches. Patano, Garcia and Gatzky each were named second team All-League, while Gatzky and Pateros both were tabbed to the League's All-Newcomer team.
Patano led the Bulldogs and ranked second in the Horizon League in scoring during the regular season. He tallied 14 goals, which was just one shy of league scoring leader and Player of the Year Michael Ferguson of Loyola. Patano scored eight goals in Butler's final four matches, including all three goals in Butler's 3-1 season-ending victory over Wright State! The Butler junior finished second on the team in shots with 45.
Garcia, a junior forward, finished third in shots and shots-on-goal for the Bulldogs. He tied for fifth on the team in scoring with one goal (a game-winner) and three assists, while starting 15 matches.
Gatzky, who transferred to Butler from Gardner-Webb, started all 18 matches for the Bulldogs this fall and finished second on the team in scoring with five goals and six assists. He finished second in the league in assists, third in shots (51) and tied for third in scoring. A year ago, the Butler sophomore was named Freshman of the Year in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Pateros, a freshman midfielder, finished the regular season as Butler's fourth-leading scorer with two goals and two assists, and he finished fourth on the team in shots with 15. He played in all 18 Butler matches, including 13 as a starter.
Ferguson was named both Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year by league coaches, while Iradj Farahmand II of Loyola was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. Ryan Schwarz of Valparaiso was picked as the Goalkeeper of the Year, and Carl Ebers of Wright State was named Newcomer of the Year. Brendan Eitz of Loyola was selected as the league's Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs, who tied for fourth in the final league regular season standings, are seeded fifth in the 2007 Horizon League Tournament, which begins on Friday, Nov. 9. Butler will host #8 Detroit at the Butler Bowl at 1 p.m. (ET). The winner of the Butler-Detroit match will face the winner of the match between #4 Green Bay and #9 Cleveland State on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the site of the higher remaining seed.
2007 ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM: F-Michael Ferguson, Loyola; Tosaint Ricketts, Green Bay; M-Zeke Dombrowski, Milwaukee; Pavle Dundjer, UIC; Eric Gehrig, Loyola; Baggio Husidic, UIC; Dan O'Brien, Green Bay; Cesar Zambrano, UIC; D-Steve Bode, Milwaukee; Iradj Farahmand II, Loyola; GK-Jovan Bubonja, UIC.
2007 ALL-LEAGUE SECOND TEAM: F-Eduardo Garcia, Butler; Oscar Lomeli, Valparaiso; Frank Patano, Butler; M-Carl Ebers, Wright State; Boris Gatzky, Butler; Keum Sung Kim, Loyola; Christian King, Detroit; Renato Susnja, Detroit; Lati Ziba, Green Bay; D-Mitch Boyer, Cleveland State; GK-Ryan Schwarz, Valparaiso.
2007 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM: F-Oscar Lomeli, Valparaiso; M-JC Banks, Green Bay; Boris Gatzky, Butler; Carl Ebers, Wright State; Willie Koss, Loyola; Kyle Pateros, Butler; David Prochazka, Green Bay; Renato Susnja, Detroit; Charlie Trout, UIC; D-Greg Rosenthal, Milwaukee; GK-Brian Byrne, Loyola.