Women's Soccer to Face Northern Kentucky in Home Opener

Women's Soccer to Face Northern Kentucky in Home Opener
Elise Kotsakis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 2013 women's soccer home opener is set for Wednesday night as the Bulldogs host Northern Kentucky at the Butler Bowl at 7 p.m.

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The Bulldogs are 1-1 entering Wednesday's match after splitting a pair of games during opening weekend. The 2013 season opener was played at Louisville this year with the Cardinals taking a 2-0 win over Butler on Friday, Aug. 23. The Bulldogs evened their record with a 3-0 victory over Indiana State on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Goalkeeper Julie Burton earned her ninth career shutout in the win over Indiana State, a mark that now places her in a tie for fourth all-time on the career school record list. Burton and the Butler defense were clicking on all cylinders against the Sycamores giving the offense plenty of scoring opportunities.

Three different players scored a goal on Sunday as four Bulldogs earned an assist in the win over Indiana State. The first goal of the season was scored by Elise Kotsakis as she found the back of the net just seconds before the end of the first half. Caroline Kowal pushed the lead to 2-0 and newcomer Kathryn Voelker rounded out the goal scoring with a chip shot from five yards out.

Sophia Maccagnone recorded an assist on the first and third goal giving her two points on the year. Serina Kasimoto also assisted on the first goal, while Olivia Colosimo picked up a point on the third. The second goal of the game was generated from a corner kick that was taken from Stephanie Kaylor, she ultimately earned her first assist of the season on the Kowal score.

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Northern Kentucky comes into Wednesday night with an overall record of 0-1-1. The Norse lost 1-0 at Robert Morris on Friday, but most recently tied Murray State 0-0 on Aug. 25.

NKU has also faced Indiana State this season, yet their matchup was scheduled as an exhibition match. The Sycamores walked away with a 3-1 win on Aug. 12. The second exhibition match of the year for the Norse came against a future Butler opponent as the IUPUI Jaguars record a 3-1 win.

The Norse ended the 2012 season with an overall record of 6-11 which included a 3-6 mark in Atlantic Sun competition. The team was picked to finish eighth overall in the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference preseason coaches' poll.

Home Openers
Last year's home opener vs. Louisville went down as a 2-0 loss, making 2011 the last time Butler has been victorious in a home opener.

All-Time Series
Butler has never played Northern Kentucky making this the first ever match between the two programs.