September 21, 2011

Saturday Night Lights: Bulldogs Host Raiders

2011 Butler Women's Soccer

Butler (5-5-0, 0-1-0) vs. Wright State (5-3-2, 0-0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 24 - 7:30 p.m. ET
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler Bowl
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In the first night soccer match in Butler Bowl history, the Butler women's soccer team will host Wright State Saturday, Sept. 24 under the newly-installed lights. BU's match with WSU is part of "Triple Dawg Dare", a Bulldog football, men's soccer and women's soccer tripleheader.

The Bulldogs enter the weekend's lone contest coming off a road split in Michigan last weekend. Butler fell behind two goals to Oakland, but stormed back for a 3-2 win in double overtime. Butler's comeback win started with an own goal in the 64th minute, and the Bulldogs found the equalizer at 76:51 on a header by sophomore Jackie Hafele. Junior Claire Milam buried the golden goal in the 105th minute, with freshman Elise Kotsakis on the assist. 

Two days later in the league opener against Detroit, Butler found itself down 2-0 again but couldn't create the same magic in a 2-1 loss to the Titans. Junior Katie Griswold scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season at the 77:22 mark. Butler finished with more shots and more shots on goal but couldn't find the equalizer.

Griswold leads the team in goals (4) and points (8). Her four goals is currently tied for fifth in the Horizon League. Jackie Hafele has seven points and Kotsakis has six. Hafele and Kaylor lead the team with three assists each. 

Offensively, Butler has been among the league's best teams in creating chances. The Bulldogs are second in the HL in shots per game (15.30). BU is also tied for second in the conference in assists (17).

Wright State is riding a three-match unbeaten streak, having gone 2-0-1 since Sept. 11. WSU beat Western Michigan in overtime and tied Youngstown State last weekend. Bekah Bonny and Brittany Persaud are the Raiders' leading scorers with nine points each. Bonny is the team's finisher, boasting a team-best four goals. Persaud has been a playmaker, tallying five assists so far on the season. Wright State is fifth in the league in goals-against average (1.04).

Following BU's primetime match against Wright State, the Dawgs will host Xavier Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Butler Bowl. Again, the match will be under the new lights, starting at 7 p.m. ET.