September 20, 2013

Women’s Soccer to Face Cross-Town Rival IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Butler women's soccer team will travel downtown on Sunday afternoon to face IUPUI at 1 p.m. The match against the Jaguars will be the last game of the regular season against a non-conference opponent for the Bulldogs.

About Butler (6-1-2)
The Bulldogs picked up an exciting 4-3 victory at Wright State on Wednesday night improving their overall record to 6-1-2. Sophia Maccagnone, McKenzie Muchow and Elise Kotsakis all scored against the Raiders to give the team a one goal victory.

Maccagnone had one goal and an assist on Wednesday moving her point total to 16. Muchow and Kotsakis are now tied for second on the team with three goals each.

Muchow has three goals in her last two games, including the game-winner over nationally ranked Michigan and Kotsakis found the back of the net for the game-winner vs. Wright State.

Scouting IUPUI (3-2-2)
The Jaguars will play Ball State on Friday night before hosting Butler on Sunday afternoon. The team enters the weekend with a 3-2-2 record after tying Valparaiso 0-0 on Sept. 13.

Butler and IUPUI have each played Northern Kentucky and Bowling Green this season. The Jags beat the Norse 3-1 in an exhibition match to start the season and a 1-0 victory over Bowling Green gave the Jaguars their third win of the season. Butler also defeated each team by taking a 3-0 win over Northern Kentucky in the home opener and a 2-1 overtime win at Bowling Green.

Taylor Heidom is the only Jaguar with more than one goal for IUPUI as she leads the team with two. Catherine Raster, Tori Minnich, Alyssa Fox and Kristin Pierce round out the scoring for IUPUI.

The Jags have used two goalkeepers throughout the 2013 season. Nicole Kulovitz posts the best record on the team between the posts at 2-0-1, but Giselle Guzman has logged the most minutes (475).

All-Time Series
Sunday's match will serve as the 12th all-time meeting between Butler and IUPUI with the Bulldogs holding a 7-3-1 edge. The Jaguars won the last meeting 3-1 at the Butler Bowl during the 2010 season. Butler's last win over IUPUI came in 2009 with the Bulldogs earning a 2-1 win.

Soccer America Top 25
Butler moved into the national spotlight with their 1-0 win over Michigan which moved the club into 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 five assists. Kaylor creates a scoring opportunity every time she takes a corner kick as the junior has now climbed to eighth all-time with 14 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.

Maccatron
Sophia Maccagnone is putting together a fantastic sophomore season as she leads the team in multiple categories. Maccagnone leads the team in goals (5), assists (6) points (16), shots (46), and shots on goal (18).

Up Next
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.