Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's soccer team announced its 2009 schedule, which consists of 19 games that feature 11 non-conference matches, eight challenging conference matches and 11 tough road games. The Bulldogs will face five opponents that finished the 2008 season ranked in the top-15 of the Great Lakes Region and one nationally ranked foe.
Butler will get its first taste of head-to-head competition on Aug. 15 when it takes on Indianapolis in an exhibition game. The Bulldogs will open the regular season on Aug. 21 against a strong Western Kentucky team, which finished third in the Sun Belt Conference and 11th in the Great Lakes Region in 2008.
Following the road trip, Butler will play three consecutive home games to end the month. The Bulldogs will host in-state rival Purdue - which finished 2008 ranked ninth in the region - on Aug. 23 in the Butler Bowl. They will then host cross-town rival IUPUI on Aug. 28 before finishing the home stand against Western Illinois Aug. 30.
A nearly two-week long road swing follows, as the Bulldogs open up the trek on Sept. 6 at Toledo - which was ranked 10th regionally in 2008. Butler continues the five-game road trip with stops at DePaul (Sept. 11), Indiana State (Sept 13), Indiana (Sept. 16) and Xavier (Sept. 18).
The Bulldogs return to Indianapolis on Sept. 20 when they open a five-match home-stand against regionally-ranked Louisville. Butler then welcomes the 2008 Missouri Valley Conference regular season co-champions Illinois State on Sept. 25.
The Horizon League campaign opens at home on Sept. 25 when the Bulldogs compete against rival Green Bay before squaring off against Milwaukee, the reigning Horizon League Champion and the 28th-ranked team in the nation in 2008.
Butler closes the home season on Oct. 9, hosting Detroit and recognizing its seven seniors: Morgan Cox, Lindsey Fox, Abbie Kaul, Kenzie Kokta, Molly Kruger, Angie Muir and Carrie Twyman.
A five-game road trip wraps up the Bulldog's regular season slate, stopping first in Dayton to face Wright State on Oct. 11. Butler will then match up against Cleveland State (Oct. 16), Youngstown State (Oct. 18), Valparaiso (Oct. 23) before battling Loyola (Oct. 25) in a rematch of last season's Horizon League semifinal match.
The Horizon League Championship will feature a new format this year with only the top six teams advancing. Quarter finals will be held on Nov. 1, the semi-finals on Nov. 6 and the championship on Nov. 8.
The Bulldogs will return all but one letterwinner from a 2008 team that finished fourth in the Horizon League regular season standings.