September 28, 2011

Butler Women's Soccer Hosting Xavier Thursday Night

2011 Butler Women's Soccer

Butler (6-5-0) vs. Xavier (5-4-0)
Thursday, Sept. 29 - 7 p.m. ET
Butler Bowl - Indianapolis, Ind.
Live Stats  |  Highlights From Saturday

Butler at Youngstown State
Saturday, Oct. 1 - 3 p.m. ET
Stambaugh Stadium - Youngstown, Ohio
 Live Stats  |  Live Video

THURSDAY PROMOTIONS (www.butlersports.com/promotions)
Camper Night #2 
- Wear your soccer camp t-shirt and receive FREE admission. Parents and family will receive the group rate ($5 adult $3 youth).
 

Coming off a big win against Wright State, the Butler women's soccer team will play twice this weekend. BU hosts Xavier Thursday evening at the Butler Bowl before leaving for Youngstown State.

Freshman Elise Kotsakis scored the game-winner in the 39th minute to give the Dawgs a 1-0 victory over Wright State Saturday night. The match was the first night soccer match on Butler's campus, and the first night event at the Butler Bowl since before World War II. The win over the Raiders was critical because it lifted Butler to 1-1-0 in Horizon League play and kept BU in the league title chase.

Butler currently is one of four teams with three points in the league standings. Milwaukee, which is ranked 14th in the NSCAA poll, is 2-0 (6 pts.) while Butler, Valparaiso, Detroit and Green Bay each have one league win (3 pts.).

Kotsakis (3g, 2a) and junior Katie Griswold (4g) are leading the team with eight points each. Sophomore Jackie Hafele (2g, 3a) has seven points and junior Rachael Melendez has five (2g, 1a). Butler's back line shined in the victory over Wright State, with head coach Tari St. John citing sophomore Anna Ventimiglia and freshman Kelly Mahoney as working well together in front of senior goalkeeper Natalie Galovska.

Xavier, which is mentored by former Butler head coach Woody Sherwood, is 5-4-0 and is led by Ashton Green's five points. The Musketeers have scored just seven goals this season, but they have allowed only six. XU keeper Katie Markesbery has a 0.64 goals-against average on the year.

YSU is 3-5-2 with a tie vs. Wright State as its only league result this season. The Penguins are led by freshman Jade Flory, who has six goals and 15 points.

Following Butler's matches vs. Xavier and at Youngstown State, BU will host Cleveland State Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Butler Bowl.