Nobody has played Butler women's soccer longer than Angie Muir. In a physical sport that is littered with injuries and transfers, but also can help pay for college, you'd probably guess somewhere along the line a player stayed on the Butler women's soccer team for five years.
That has never happened. Until this season.
Muir, a midfielder from Carmel, Ind., is the Butler women's soccer program's first 5-year player as well as the first 3-year captain. She spent her first three seasons garnering All-Horizon League awards and climbing Butler's record boards. After her junior season, she was 6th in Butler history in points (60) and assists (16) and was 7th all-time in goals (22). As a junior in 2007, she was named CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and first team All-Horizon League.
"Angie was the catalyst for a lot of the positive changes that occurred in our program's culture and mentality over the past four years," head coach Tari St. John said. "I was thrilled when she told me she was staying for her 5th year."
Hopes were high heading into 2008, as a young and talented team led by Muir eyed a spot at the top of the Horizon League standings. In the April of 2008, Muir tore her the ACL in her left knee. Her senior year was over before it began.
"It was definitely tough," Muir said. "Nobody wants to have to sit out as a senior. But my contribution to the team that year was leadership off the field."
Muir actually reached back onto her experience as a freshman to help her get through the pain as a senior.
"I actually tore my ACL as a freshman," she said. "It was devastating. But I had surgery over Thanksgiving and I came back faster, stronger and better than ever before. That is the reason why I was able to have a good attitude after tearing my ACL as a junior.
"Because of the way I was able to return then, there was no question in my mind that I wasn't done."
So Muir took the 5th year, and St. John couldn't be happier.
"Angie deals with adversity better than anybody I know," she said. "She has responded positively and productively to everything that was thrown at her during her career, including a time earlier this season when she was spending more time on the bench than on the field. She has set an example that will stay with our program long after she graduates."
"It's just fun. It's soccer, and that's why I'm here; to play for my coach and with my teammates," Muir said. "Last year was fun, but this year I got to be a part of it on the field again. And just being able to travel, do the hotel thing, listen to music in the locker room and play Euchre on the bus...being able to do these things with my teammates for one more year has been awesome and something I wouldn't trade. Not even if another ACL surgery got in my way."
THIS WEEK IN BUTLER WOMEN'S SOCCER