Butler Hosts League-Leading Dayton Friday, Xavier On Sunday

Anna Ventimiglia

2012 Butler Women's Soccer

Butler (6-3-2, 0-0-1) vs. Dayton (8-3-0, 2-0-0)

Butler vs. Xavier (6-5-1, 1-1-0)
Friday, Oct. 5 - 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 7 - 1 p.m. ET
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The Butler women’s soccer team will have two tough tests this weekend when it hosts league-leading Dayton Friday before facing off against former Butler head coach Woody Sherwood and Xavier Sunday.

The Bulldogs (6-3-2, 0-0-1) have not been beaten since Sept. 7.

In that time, Butler’s stalwart defense has allowed just two goals. The Bulldogs will rely on their defensive unit Friday to contain one of the nation’s most dangerous players, Dayton senior forward Colleen Williams.

Williams leads the NCAA in points per game (2.91) and assists per game (0.91). She has scored a conference-best 11 goals this season, including a hat trick last weekend against Rhode Island. Williams’ offensive efforts resulted in her being named player of the week by the Atlantic-10 Conference and Top Drawer Soccer.

With Williams leading the way, the Flyers (8-3-0, 2-0-0) possess one of the most potent offenses in the country. Dayton’s 3.36 goals per game ranks second in the nation behind Middle Tennessee State (3.42).

The Flyers will enter the match on a five-game win streak.

Butler ranks 32nd in the NCAA with a 0.70 goals against average and 23rd in shutout percentage (.545).

The Bulldogs have recorded a league-leading six shutouts this season.

After facing off against Dayton Friday, Butler will welcome back former Bulldogs head coach Woody Sherwood and his Xavier Musketeers squad.

Sherwood served as head coach at Butler for seven seasons (1999-2005), leading the Bulldogs to a conference co-championship and three runner-up finishes.

Sherwood was named 2002 Horizon League Coach of the Year after guiding Butler to a school record 15 wins. His 63 victories at Butler are the most in school history.

Current head coach Tari St. John, 2010 Horizon League Coach of the Year, served as an assistant under Sherwood for two seasons at Butler. St. John is eight wins shy of surpassing Sherwood as the program’s career wins leader.

The Musketeers (6-5-1, 1-1-0) are led by junior forward and Zionsville, Ind., native, Mariah Whitaker.

Whitaker leads Xavier with nine points on the year, including three goals.

 

 BY THE NUMBERS:
Butler
Dayton
Xavier
Shots per game (A-10 ranking) 15.82 (5th) 23 (1st) 9.92 (15th)
Goals per game 1.09 (8th) 3.36 (1st) 1.08 (T-9th)
Goals against average 0.70 (1st) 1.49 (12th) 1.45 (10th)
Shutouts 6 (1st) 2 (T-12th) 4 (T-6th)

 

*The Wildman Room will be open Friday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (noon) to those who have made a gift at or above $500 to the Bulldog Club or any specific team.