Xavier Starts Busy Week For Butler Women's Soccer

2010 Butler Women's Soccer
Match #2
Butler (0-1-0) at Xavier (0-2-0)
Xavier Soccer Complex - Cincinnati, Ohio
Wednesday, Aug. 25 - 7 p.m. ET 

After opening the season with at Dayton last Friday, the Butler women's soccer team will play three matches in five days this week. After going to Xavier Wednesday, Aug. 25, the Dawgs host Indiana State and Indiana this weekend.

BU opened its 20th varsity season with a 1-0 double overtime loss at Dayton. The Bulldogs, which at some points in the match had eight freshmen on the field, battled the Flyers scoreless into the 103rd minute before giving up a goal at 102:44.

Wednesday's Xavier contest pairs the Bulldogs against a familiar opponent. Butler scored a 2-1 exhibition win against the Musketeers during the spring exhibition season. In addition, BU head coach Tari St. John will be facing former Butler head coach Woody Sherwood, the head coach at Xavier. St. John was an assistant under Sherwood at Butler for two seasons.

“This isn’t going to be the same Xavier team we’ve seen in the past few years. Coach Sherwood will have his team organized and inspired to play,” St. John said. “They have a couple of proven goal-scorers which means they can always be dangerous on the counter-attack.”
 
“I’m excited to coach against one of my mentors, but also know it will be a very challenging game.”

Butler home opener is set for Friday, Aug. 27 against Indiana State at 4 p.m. It will be the first regular season contest for Butler athletics in the newly-renovated Butler Bowl. BU hosts Indiana Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. There will be an alumni match at 10 a.m. 

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.

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.