Aug. 5, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - A non-conference schedule loaded with teams from the Big Ten, Big 12, Big East and Atlantic-10 and an always rigorous Horizon League slate await the Butler women's soccer team in 2008. Head coach Tari St. John announced the challenging fall campaign on Tuesday (August 5).
The 2008 slate will feature 10 home matches - the program's most in a season since 2004 - and will pair the Bulldogs with five teams that finished 2007 ranked among the top-15 in their respective regions.
Butler will be thrown right into the fire from the start, battling regionally-ranked Louisville in the home opener on August 22 before hosting another Big East squad, DePaul, just two days later (August 24).
The Bulldogs then make stops at Western Kentucky (August 31) and Western Carolina (Sept. 5) before returning to Indianapolis on Sept. 7 for a bout with IPFW.
A strenuous four-match road trip follows, with matches at regionally-ranked Saint Louis (Sept. 12), Missouri (Sept. 14) and Indiana (Sept. 18) before concluding the trip at Illinois State (Sept. 21).
Butler will then play five of its next six matches at home, as the Bulldogs open the league schedule against Valparaiso on Sept. 26 before hosting Youngstown State (Sept. 28), Xavier (Oct. 3), Wright State (Oct. 10) and Loyola (Oct. 12). The lone road game during the stretch sends Butler to Detroit on Oct. 5.
After a trip to Wisconsin to face regionally-ranked Milwaukee (Oct. 17) and Green Bay (Oct. 19), the Bulldogs will spend the final three matches of the regular season in Indianapolis, with a home game against Indiana State (Oct. 21), a contest at cross-town rival IUPUI (Oct. 24) and home bout versus Cleveland State (Oct. 26). The final match against the Vikings will also serve as Senior Day, with seniors Angie Muir and Jenny Southard being honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The Horizon League Championship begins on August 29, with the championship match taking place on Nov. 9.
"We always want our schedule to be challenging, and this fall is no exception," St. John said. "We want to push ourselves and play top competition every opportunity we can get. Each year we've been able to improve upon that.
"In addition to preparing us for our conference opponents," St. John added, "our non-conference schedule will prepare us for the type of team's we are likely to face in the NCAA Tournament."