October 31, 2013

Regular Season Finale Up Next for Women’s Soccer

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer team will end the 2013 regular season with a road match at Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 2. The BIG EAST tournament field is starting to take form, yet the last weekend of the season will ultimately decide who is in and who is out.

About Butler (11-5-2, 4-4 BIG EAST) 
The Bulldogs have won four out of their last five matches against BIG EAST opponents, pushing their conference record to 4-4. The team has been able to pull out clutch victories as three of the team's last four wins have been recorded in overtime. The 4-4 conference record gives Butler a very good chance to make the BIG EAST Tournament which begins on Nov. 5.

Sophia Maccagnone and Elise Kotsakis pose as the top offensive threats for Butler as Maccagnone leads the team with 25 points and Kotsakis is second with 14. A sophomore from Shelby Twp., Maccagnone leads the team with nine goals and seven assists. Kotsakis, a junior forward at Butler, has five goals on the year, four of which were recorded as game-winners.

Butler's solid defensive unit is highlighted by senior goalkeeper Julie Burton. Burton is 10-3-2 on the year with 40 saves and seven shutouts. She has logged over 1,300 minutes between the posts and holds a goals against average of 0.73.

Butler plays an aggressive style of soccer that creates multiple offensive opportunities. The team has 130 shots on goal this season and the defense has done their part, limiting the opposition to just 68. Corner kicks have also favored Butler as the team holds the upper hand in that category 86-48.

Scouting Marquette (15-3-0, 8-0-0 BIG EAST)
The Golden Eagles clinched the BIG EAST regular season title last weekend for the fifth consecutive year after they defeated Providence by the final score of 6-0. Two Marquette women's soccer players earned weekly BIG EAST honors as Maegan Kelly was named Offensive Player of the Week and Ashley Handwork was tabbed as the Rookie of the Week.

Kelly scored two goals against the Friars on Sunday, giving her a team-high eight on the year to go along with seven assists. Handwork also scored a goal in the win over Providence while recording an assist.

Marquette enters the final weekend of the regular season ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring offense and 13th in points. They post the 12th best winning percentage of any team in the country and are also ranked in the top 50 in assists, goals against average and shutout percentage.

Two of their three losses this season came early in the year against ranked opponents as the Golden Eagles fell 1-0 at No. 15 Portland and 2-1 on a neutral field vs. No. 4 UCLA. The only other loss this season came in non-conference action at Illinois State (3-2).

Amanda Engel will play goalkeeper for the Golden Eagles on Saturday as she enters the contest with five shutouts and 15 wins. Engel has 42 saves on the year and a 0.84 goals against average.

All-Time Series
Butler and Marquette are dead even in the all-time series as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie during the 1995 season.

Overtime Wins
The Bulldogs have not lost in overtime during the 2013 season. Seattle and Eastern Michigan each tied Butler in early September, but the 'Dogs have earned some signature wins in conference play as three of the team's four BIG EAST wins have come in the overtime period. The team's first taste of OT was on August 31, as BU defeated BGSU 2-1. Butler enters the weekend with an overtime record of 4-0-2. 

BIG EAST Standings
1) #17 Marquette, 8-0-0 BIG EAST, 15-3-0 Overall
2) #15 Georgetown, 6-1-1 BIG EAST, 14-1-2 Overall
3) DePaul, 5-2-1 BIG EAST, 11-3-2 Overall
4) Butler, 4-4-0 BIG EAST, 11-5-2 Overall
5) St. John's, 3-3-2 BIG EAST, 9-4-3 Overall
6) Villanova, 3-4-1 BIG EAST, 6-8-3 Overall
7) Seton Hall, 3-5-0 BIG EAST, 5-10-2 Overall
8) Creighton, 2-5-1 BIG EAST, 9-7-1 Overall
9) Providence, 2-6-0 BIG EAST, 5-9-3 Overall
10) Xavier, 1-7-0 BIG EAST, 8-8-1 Overall

Team National Rankings
Assists – 40th
Goals-Against Average – 98th
Points – 104th
Scoring Offense – 161st
Shutout % - 93rd
Win % - 65th

Individual National Rankings
Assists Per Game: Sophia Maccagnone, 78th
Assists Per Game: Stephanie Kaylor, 78th
Total Assists: Sophia Maccagnone, 48th
Total Assists: Stephanie Kaylor, 48th
Total Goals: Sophia Maccagnone, 82nd
Total Points: Sophia Maccagnone, 64th
Goals Against Average: Julie Burton, 40th

NCAA Women's Soccer RPI
Butler is currently tied with Penn (51st) in the most recent NCAA women's soccer RPI poll. The BIG EAST has two teams listed in the Top 10 with Marquette coming in at No. 4 and Georgetown close behind at No. 5.

Quick Kicks
Standings are determined via:

Most points earned (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 for loss)

The following policies are established to break ties at the end of the regular season for selection/seeding purposes. Follow the appropriate steps in order. Once one or more teams gain an advantage in the case of a multiple-team tie, revert to the beginning of the tie-breaking policies with the remaining teams.

Tie-breakers:

1. Head to head competition. If three or more teams are tied, they are viewed as a "mini-conference" when comparing head-to-head results. The team or teams with the best combined record versus the other teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage.

2. Most points earned versus teams qualified for Championships.

3. Most points earned versus highest seeded team/s qualified for Championships

4. Goal Difference

5. Coin Toss conducted by Big East Conference office

BIG EAST Championship
The 2013 BIG EAST Tournament will be held at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. and hosted by Marquette. The semifinals will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 and the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 10. First round games will be held on campus sites on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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.

Kaylor from the Corner
Junior midfielder Stephanie Kaylor is a weapon for Butler offensively as she enters the weekend tied for the team lead with seven assists. Her single-season assist total moves her into a tie for seventh all-time at Butler. The junior is also tied for seventh all-time in the career record book with 16 assists.

Maccatron
Sophia Maccagnone has put together a fantastic sophomore season as she leads the team in multiple categories. Maccagnone leads the team in goals (9), assists (7) points (25), shots (84), and shots on goal (32). Her season shot total now places her in a tie for fourth all-time at Butler for most shots taken in a single-season.

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 is making a run at the record again this season as she currently has seven shutouts moving her career total to 15.

The senior moved into sole possession of second place in career shutouts at Butler after a 1-0 win over No. 11 Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 15. Her most recent shutout came on Saturday, Oct. 26 as the Bulldogs beat Creighton 1-0 in overtime to earn their 11th win of the season. The career shutout record his held by E.B. Larson who closed out her career (1995-98) with 23.5.

Burton While at Butler
Julie Burton has put together a fantastic four-year career at Butler leaving her name in the all-time record book in many different categories. Burton is now second all-time with 3,951 goalkeeper minutes and she recently tied Julie Murphy ('91-'92) for sixth place on the all-time career saves list (138).

Burton has a chance to break the all-time career goals against average record set by Katie Sanders ('01-'04) who ended her career at 1.00. Burton heads into the final regular season match with a GAA of 1.00.

Kotsakis Reaches 200 Career Shots
Junior Elise Kotsakis has taken 53 shots on the year giving her a career total of 203. Kotsakis now sits in fourth place all-time at Butler in the career record book. She took 75 shots during both her freshman and sophomore season. She will try to break the career shot record of 280 held by Joy Aschenbrener who played at Butler from 1995-98.

Up Next
The BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals will begin on Nov. 5 with the Semifinals to follow on Friday, Nov. 8. The championship game is slated for Sunday, Nov. 10 with the winner advancing to the 2013 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Tournament.