Starting Off: The Bulldogs hit the road for the first time in 2008 when they travel to Bowling Green, Ky., on Sunday (August 31) to face Western Kentucky beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. Butler is coming off its first win of the season this past Sunday (August 24), a 2-1 decision over visiting DePaul at the Butler Bowl.
Road Trip!: Butler makes its first road trip of the year to Bowling Green, Ky., this weekend when it battles Western Kentucky on August 31. The Bulldogs finished the 2007 season with a 6-5-1 record and a 20-17 advantage in goals scored when playing away from Indianapolis.
Bulldogs Notch First Win Against DePaul: Butler rallied with a pair of second-half scores, coming on a penalty kick by Sarah Phelps and a five-yard chip-in by Carrie Twyman, as the Bulldogs came away with a 2-1 victory over visiting DePaul on August 24 at the Butler Bowl. Butler found itself on the short end of a 1-0 contest midway through the first period before the Blue Demons were whistled for a foul of Twyman inside the 18-yard box and set up a potential game-tying penalty kick. Phelps was summoned to take the shot and delivered a low liner to the left corner for her first career goal. The game remained deadlocked until the final five minutes of play, when Abbie Kaul sent a long ball up the right side to Phelps, who settled the ball about 15 yards from the net before crossing it to the left. The pass found its way through traffic to Twyman in front of the goal, who chipped in the winning mark in the 87th minute of play.
Quick Strike: It didn't take freshman defender Mandi Kotynski long to get the feel for the college game. The Hudson, Ohio, native subbed into Butler's season opener against Louisville midway through the first period and had not even finished playing her first collegiate minute before drilling her first touch from 20 yards for her first collegiate goal. The time that elapsed from entering the game to scoring: 37 seconds.
Point Person: Second-year player Sarah Phelps was one of the Bulldogs' staunchest defenders as a freshman in 2007, but her offensive production has gotten her the most attention early in 2008. After recording just one assist for a single point during her rookie campaign, the Indianapolis native has been Butler's most productive offensive player through the first weekend, notching her first career goal while adding a pair of assists in two games for a team-best four points.
Busy Week: Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Baker's first week with the Bulldogs was quite an eventful one. The Indianapolis native transferred from Kentucky and became officially enrolled at Butler on August 19 before being cleared to play the morning of August 22 ­- just hours before the Bulldogs' season opener against Louisville. Baker had little time to catch her breath, as she played the final 29 minutes against the Cardinals before starting and going the full 90 minutes against DePaul two days later.
Bring `Em Back: The Bulldogs have plenty of experience on their side in 2008, as they return 13 letterwinners and eight starters that led the team to a 5-3 record in the Horizon League and a fourth-place finish last season. The squad features players that accounted for 28 of its 30 goals scored and 19 of its 22 assists.
Next Up: The Bulldogs head to Cullowhee, N.C.,
on Sept. 5 for a noon match against Western Carolina before
returning to Indianapolis on Sept. 7 for a 3:00 p.m. match against
IPFW at the Butler Bowl.