Bulldogs Return to Action at Wright State

Bulldogs Return to Action at Wright State
(Photo by Evan Kokoska)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Fresh off their win over nationally-ranked Michigan, the Butler women's soccer team will look to extend their winning streak as they visit Dayton, Ohio to face the Wright State Raiders on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

About Butler (5-1-2)
The Bulldogs (NR/25) earned a huge win over No. 11 Michigan on Sunday to improve their overall record to 5-1-2. McKenzie Muchow scored the lone goal of the game off a double assist from Mary Allen and Sophia Maccagnone. The goal was scored in the 29th minute of action and the Bulldogs weathered the storm of the high-energy offensive attack from Michigan to come out with the shutout victory.

Two more non-conference matches appear on Butler's schedule before the start of BIG EAST competition. The team has looked sharp through their first eight games of the year outscoring the opposition 13-5. The combination of Muchow, Maccagnone and Elise Kotsakis lead the offensive attack as each student-athlete has over 10 shots on goal and 20 total shots on the year.

Scouting Wright State (2-2-3)
Wright State will host a match at Alumni Field for the third time this season as the Raiders are off to a 2-2-3 record. Four-straight road matches got the year started for Wright State as the team earned a 2-1 double overtime win over IPFW in the season opener and then closed the road trip with their second win of the year at Nevada.

The team is 0-1-2 in their last three matches with ties at home against Western Michigan and Dayton. The Raiders nearly defeated the Flyers on Sunday, but a late goal from Dayton in the 82nd minute of action tied the game at 2-2. Ini Umotong scored Wright State's first goal which also happened to be her first of the season and Emilie Fillion pushed the score to 2-1 with her fourth goal of the year. Each goalkeeper was extremely active in the match with Brooke McCurdy of Wright State making 14 saves and Elizabeth James of Dayton making seven stops.

All-Time Series
Butler holds the upper hand against Wright State in the all-time series with a 14-9-2 record against the Raiders. The last meeting between the two programs was played on Sept. 24, 2011, as Butler held off Wright State to earn a 1-0 victory at the Butler Bowl. The last five meetings between Butler and Wright State have been decided by one goal. The Bulldogs enter Wednesday's match having won the last three meetings 1-0, but Wright State won the two prior to that streak taking 1-0 victories in 2007 and 2008.

Soccer America Top 25
Butler moved into the national spotlight with their 1-0 win over Michigan on Sunday as they cracked the Soccer America Women's Top 25. The Soccer America Women's Top 25 updated poll was released on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with Butler sitting at No. 25. With the loss, Michigan dropped from No. 14 to No. 22.

TopDrawerSoccer.com Recognizes Muchow
McKenzie Muchow was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for her game-winning goal over nationally-ranked Michigan last week. The national award was the first of Muchow's career.

Muchow Tabbed BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
Freshman McKenzie Muchow earned her first player of the week honor after being named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for her outstanding performance against the Michigan Wolverines on Monday Sept. 16. Muchow scored the only goal of the match as the Bulldogs knocked off No. 11 Michigan by the final score of 1-0. Muchow scored from five yards out on a double assist from Mary Allen and Sophia Maccagnone.

The signature win was one of the biggest in Butler women's soccer history as the Wolverines came into Sunday's match undefeated at 6-0-0. Michigan was off to their best start in program history, but the Bulldogs grabbed an early lead in the first half and held on for the 1-0 victory.

Ready… Aim… Fire!
Sophomore Sophia Maccagnone took 11 shots at Bowling Green on Saturday, Aug. 31 moving her into a tie for fourth place all-time for most shots taken in a single match.

Two Ties in 2005
The Bulldogs tied Seattle 1-1 on Friday Sept. 6 and then ended the weekend with another 1-1 tie against Eastern Michigan on Sunday. The last time the Butler women's soccer program recorded two ties in back-to-back games was back during the 2005 Hawaii trip as Butler tied Hawaii 1-1 on Sept. 23 and stayed on the island to tie Robert Morris the next day 1-1.

Kaylor from the Corner
Junior midfielder Stephanie Kaylor has been a weapon for Butler offensively by recording four assists. Kaylor creates a scoring opportunity every time she takes a corner kick as the junior has now climbed to eighth all-time with 13 career assists.

Senior Eyes Shutout Record
Julie Burton was just one shutout away from tying the Butler single-season record last year as she ended her junior campaign with seven. Burton has a realistic shot to make a run at the record again this year as she currently has four shutouts moving her career total to 12. The senior moved into sole possession of second place by recording a 1-0 shutout over No. 11 Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 15. The career shutout record his held by E.B. Larson who closed out her career (1995-98) with 23.5 shutouts.

Sophia Maccagnone is putting together a fantastic sophomore season as she leads the team in multiple categories. Maccagnone leads the team in goals (4), assists (5) points (13), shots (40), and shots on goal (14).

Up Next
Butler will play at IUPUI on Sunday Sept. 22 to round out their non-conference matches for the rest of the regular season. The BIG EAST schedule opens with the Bulldogs playing at Villanova on Thursday, Sept. 26. The squad will stay on the road to play Seton Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29.