WINNING WAYS: Butler's 2008 men's soccer campaign ended in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship, but not before the Bulldogs compiled their best campaign in nearly a decade. Butler, ranked as high as No. 21 in the national soccer polls this fall, rolled up a 13-3-4 final record, matching the fourth-highest single season win total in Butler men's soccer history. The Bulldogs finished runner-up in the Horizon League regular season race and became the first team since 2003 to complete the league season with an unbeaten (5-0-3) record. Butler's 13 total wins were the most by any Horizon League team in 2008 and the Bulldogs' five league wins were the most by a Butler team since 2004. The Bulldogs, who captured a championship at the season-opening Louisville Tournament, compiled an eight-match unbeaten streak and a four-match winning streak during 2008.
Butler tied for ninth in the NCAA Division I in won-loss percentage (.750) in 2008.
DEFENSIVE STAND: The Bulldogs set several team defensive records, while ranking among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2008. Head coach Kelly Findley's squad set Butler season marks for fewest goals allowed (16), best goals against average (0.76) and most shutouts (10). The previous Butler record for fewest goals was 20, set in 2004, while the previous goals against average record was 0.85, set in 1998. Four previous Butler teams shared the school record for shutouts with nine. The Bulldogs ranked second in the Horizon League in goals against average and fewest goals allowed, and third in the league in shutouts.
TOP SCORER: Senior Frank Patano led the Horizon League in scoring for the second consecutive year. The Butler forward tallied a league-high 12 goals and added three assists for a league-best 27 points. His 12 goals tied the eighth-highest single season total in Butler history and left him in a tie for 29th place in the NCAA Division I in goals scored. Patano wound up tied for 10th on Butler's single season list for points, and he finished fourth on Butler's single season list for shots with 70.
Frank Patano ranks fifth all-time at Butler in goals scored with 36 for his career.
ASSIST CHART: Senior Eduardo Garcia finished out the 2008 campaign as the Horizon League assist leader with a school-record 13 assists. He broke the previous Butler record of 12 assists, set by Scott Lawler in 1989 - the first year of intercollegiate soccer at Butler. Garcia had a third of Butler's total assists in 2008, and he finished with five more assists than the next nearest competitor in the Horizon League! The Butler forward finished in third place on the Bulldogs' all-time assist chart with 20 career assists. He also finished eighth on Butler's all-time list for shots with 160.
Eduardo Garcia ranked third in the NCAA Division I in assists in 2008.
BULLDOG BITS: Senior Eduardo Garcia was
named to the All-Tournament Team at the Horizon League
Championship. He was the lone Butler player honored at the league
tournament...Junior goalkeeper Nick Hegeman
finished third in the Horizon League and 28th in the NCAA Division
I in goals against average (0.77). He was third in the league in
shutouts (7) and fourth in the league in save percentage
(.783)...Senior Frank Patano led the
Horizon League in game-winning goals in 2008 with five. He finished
with 11 game-winners for his Butler career...Sophomore Kyle Pateros
finished in a tie for sixth in the Horizon League in goals this
fall. The second-year Butler forward had six goals in 20 matches
(.030)...Junior Boris Gatzky tied
for third in the league in assists with six in 2008. He also
finished eighth in the league in shots with 49.