November 4, 2013

Women’s Soccer at St. John’s for BIG EAST Quarterfinals Match

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2013 BIG EAST Soccer Championship Tournament
No. 1 Marquette – Bye
No. 2 Georgetown – Bye

Tuesday, Nov. 5
No. 3 DePaul vs. No. 6 Villanova – 1 p.m.
No. 4 St. John's vs. No. 5 Butler – 7 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer team will play at St. John's in the Quarterfinals of the 2013 BIG EAST Championship Tournament. The Bulldogs ended the regular season with an 11-6-2 record which included a 4-5-0 mark in conference action. They will face the Red Storm on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

About Butler (11-6-2, 4-5 BIG EAST) 
The Bulldogs are the No. 5 seed in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament as the team ended the regular season with a 2-1 setback at No. 14 Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 2. Elise Kotsakis scored Butler's lone goal against the Golden Eagles. She ended the regular season with six goals and four assists giving her 16 points heading into the tournament.

Butler's team leader in points is sophomore Sophia Maccagnone. The midfielder enters Tuesday's contest with a team-high nine goals to go along with eight assists totaling 26 points. She has taken 85 shots on the year, including 32 shots on goal.

Defensively, Butler relies on senior goalkeeper Julie Burton. Burton has played in 16 matches this season posting a record of 10-4-2. She leads the team with 45 saves and a goals against average of 0.81. Burton has limited opponents to just 13 goals this season and is also the team leader in shutouts with seven.

The Bulldogs recorded their first-ever BIG EAST conference win over St. John's earlier this season on Oct. 6. Kotsakis scored a quick overtime goal to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 win at the Butler Bowl. The 'Dogs went on to beat Providence, Xavier and Creighton to punch their ticket to the conference tournament.    

Scouting St. John's (10-4-3, 4-3-2 BIG EAST)
The Red Strom have won three-straight matches heading into the BIG EAST Tournament giving them an overall record of 10-4-3. The winning streak began with a 3-2 overtime victory at Providence on Oct. 20 and a 1-0 shutout win vs. Seton Hall moved the streak to two matches. St. John's easily defeated DePaul at home in the regular season finale 3-0 to earn the No. 4 seed in the tournament.

One of the best defensive teams in the BIG EAST, St. John's has only allowed 14 goals all season. Goalkeeper Diana Poulin has a 10-3-2 record in 16 starts with 55 saves and a goals against average of 0.87. Poulin has recorded 1,443 minutes between the pipes and has five shutouts on the year.

In order for Butler to move past St. John's in the BIG EAST Tournament the Bulldogs will have slow down Rachel Daly who leads the Red Storm with 43 points and seven game-winning goals. Daly has put together an unbelievable season which includes a team-high 20 goals to go along with three assists. She has taken 88 shots on the year, 44 of which have been on goal.

Butler will also try to slow down Amy Marron and Morgan Tinari who each enter Tuesday with four goals. Marron is the team leader in assists with seven and Tinari is second on the team in game-winning goals with two.

All-Time Series
Butler leads the all-time series over St. John's 1-0 after beating the Red Storm 2-1 in overtime earlier this season.

St. John's at Butler – Oct. 6, 2013 Recap
Forward Elise Kotsakis scored a golden goal less than two minutes into the first overtime period to lift Butler to a 2-1 victory over visiting St. John's in the first meeting.  The victory was Butler's first win over a BIG EAST opponent.

Kotsakis put the finishing touch on an outstanding match between two quality teams and rescued the Bulldogs, who lost a 1-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the contest.  The Butler junior gathered a pass from Stephanie Kaylor and scored the game-winner between two St. John's defenders from about six yards out.

The two teams played to a scoreless deadlock for more than 70 minutes, before Butler's leading scorer Sophia Maccagnone put the Bulldogs in front.  The second-year Butler midfielder picked up a ball from teammate Mary Allen on the right side of the goal and fired a shot from 18 yards out past St. John's goalkeeper Diana Poulin.

The Red Storm, playing short-handed for most of the second half after losing freshman Lara Kristin Pedersen to a red card at 45:56, rallied with a clutch goal in the closing minutes.  Senior Sarah Ashmore served a long pass from midfield to the goal and senior Amy Marron finished the play with a diving header past Butler goalkeeper Mackenzie Hopkins.

The Bulldogs finished with an 11-5 advantage in shots for the match and a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.  Maccagnone led the home squad with four total shots, while Kotsakis added three.  Hopkins went the distance in goal and recorded one save.

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 tournament with an overtime record of 4-0-2. 

BIG EAST Standings
1) #17 Marquette, 9-0-0 BIG EAST, 16-3-0 Overall
2) #15 Georgetown, 7-1-1 BIG EAST, 15-1-2 Overall
3) DePaul, 5-3-1 BIG EAST, 11-4-2 Overall
4) St. John's, 4-3-2 BIG EAST, 10-4-3 Overall
5) Butler, 4-5-0 BIG EAST, 11-6-2 Overall
6) Villanova, 3-5-1 BIG EAST, 6-9-3 Overall
7) Providence, 3-6-0 BIG EAST, 6-9-3 Overall
8) Seton Hall, 3-6-0 BIG EAST, 5-11-2 Overall
9) Creighton, 2-6-1 BIG EAST, 9-8-1 Overall
10) Xavier, 2-7-0 BIG EAST, 9-8-1 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.

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 tournament with seven assists. Her single-season assist total moves her to eighth 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 (8) points (26), shots (85), and shots on goal (32). Her season shot total now places her in a tie for third all-time at Butler for most shots taken in a single-season. Her eight assists on the year also places her into a tie for fifth at Butler for most assists recorded during 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 4,041 goalkeeper minutes and she recently moved to sixth place on the all-time career saves list (143).

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 tournament with a GAA of 1.02.

Kotsakis Reaches 200 Career Shots
Junior Elise Kotsakis has taken 55 shots on the year giving her a career total of 205. 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 seasons. 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 Semifinals are scheduled for 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.