2010 Butler Women's Soccer
Butler (0-0-0) at Dayton (0-0-0)
Bajuan Field - Dayton, Ohio
Friday, Aug. 20 - 5 p.m. ET
The Butler women's soccer team will kick off its 20th season of varsity soccer Friday, Aug. 20 at Dayton at 5 p.m. The contest is the first regulation event of the new year for Butler athletics.
The Bulldogs and Flyers are meeting for the first time since September 2005, when BU claimed a 1-0 victory. Butler is 1-4-1 all-time against Dayton.
The 2010 edition of the Bulldogs features a lot of new faces. BU has 12 newcomers on the team and returns just four starters and nine letterwinners from last season's 7-11-2 team. Butler's leading returning scorer is sophomore forward Katie Griswold. The Youngstown, Ohio, native finished her rookie season with 14 points (5g, 4a) and was named to the 2009 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team.
Butler's other three returning starters are senior Sarah Phelps, junior Natalie Galovska and sophomore Rachael Melendez. Phelps started 19 matches and earned second team All-Horizon League honors last season. Galovska came on strong during the middle of last season and started 14 contests, while Melendez started 12 times and had one goal and one assist on the season.
Butler will play at Xavier Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. The team's home opener is set for Friday, Aug. 27 vs. Indiana State.
Women's Soccer Notes
THE COACHES: Tari St. John is in her fifth season at the helm of the Bulldogs. St. John increased the team's win total in each of her first three seasons. One addition to St. John's staff is 2010 BU grad and former Bulldog standout Abbie Kaul, an All-Horizon League pick last season. Ric Huffman returns as assistant coach and Elise Edwards returns as a volunteer assistant. Edwards was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the university in the offseason.
POLL POSITION: Butler was picked fifth in the Horizon League's women's soccer preseason poll. The Bulldogs were the No. 5 seed in the league tournament last season. Defending champion Milwaukee was picked to win the league for the 11th consecutive season. Wright State and Valparaiso were picked second and third, respectively.
WE'RE HAVING TWINS: One highlight for Butler's 2010 roster is the presence of twins. And not just one set of twins, but two. Freshmen Mary and Molly Allen are identical twins from Cincinnati who will be suiting up for Butler this season. Also, Jackie and Nikki Hafele, twin sisters from Louisville, Ky., have also joined the program. Jackie Hafele was the 2009 Miss Soccer for the state of Kentucky.
IN GOAL: The most experienced goalkeeper on this year's roster is junior Olivia Walter. The Tennessee native saw action in three matches last season, playing 209 minutes. BU also has available the goaltending services of freshman Julie Burton. Burton is an Indianapolis native who was twice named second team all-state at North Central High School.
DAWGS IN THE COMMUNITY: Part of Butler's preseason training was a series of community service projects. The women's soccer student-athletes spent time around Indianapolis at the Shepard Community Center, Heritage Place, Common Ground Christian Church and the Covern Place. Here are some photos from the team's service work.
ALUMNI DAY: Butler will be hosting an alumni day match prior to its home contest vs. Indiana. The match is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Butler Bowl. Lunch will be served in the Wildman Room afterward. Any interested alumni can contact assistant coach Abbie Kaul HERE.