August 23, 2012

Butler Hosts Indiana State Friday Night, Away On Sunday

2012 Butler Women's Soccer

Butler (1-1-0) vs. Indiana State (1-0-0) Butler at Eastern Michigan (0-1-1)
Friday, Aug. 24 - 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 26 - 1 p.m. ET
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler Bowl Ypsilanti, Mich. - Scicluna Field
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After winning at home last Sunday, the Butler women's soccer team will aim to move over .500 on the year when it hosts Indiana State Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then go on the road to Eastern Michigan Sunday afternoon for the season's first road test.

The Bulldogs split two home matches last weekend, defeating IPFW two days after losing the season opener to Louisville. After 180 minutes of action, head coach Tari St. John knows a little more about her team, but says the team is continually trying to improve.

"The focus has been more on us and what we need to do," the Butler coach said. "At this point in the season, you need to focus on what you're doing and what changes you can make."

After falling 2-0 to Louisville, Butler got a goal from freshman Addison Schaar to defeat IPFW 1-0. This weekend, the Bulldogs can get off to a 2-1-0 start for the second year in a row.

Indiana State and Butler have played in each of the six seasons. St. John owns a 4-2-0 record against the Sycamores. The Bulldogs won 1-0 in Terre Haute last season on a goal in the 68th minute by Elise Kotsakis. The game-winner was the first career goal for Kotsakis, who ended her freshman year last season with six. Butler owns a 7-3-0 all-time record against ISU.

"Historically, this game has been a battle for us," St. John said.

The Bulldogs then go on the road for a match at Eastern Michigan, which went 0-1-1 in the season's opening weekend. The Eagles lost to Pittsburgh and tied against Oakland, scoring four goals over the course of the weekend. BU defeated EMU 2-1 last season at the Butler Bowl. The Bulldogs are 1-0-1 all-time against Eastern Michigan.

After this weekend's action, the Bulldogs travel to Purdue Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.