Starting Off: Butler heads to Cullowhee, N.C., on Friday (Sept. 5) when it takes on Western Carolina beginning at 12:00 noon at the Catamount Athletic Complex. The Bulldogs then return to Indianapolis on Sunday (Sept. 7) as they host in-state rival IPFW starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.
Butler Soccer On The Web: The Bulldogs' contest against IPFW on Sunday (Sept. 7) can be followed live online via Gametracker by clicking on the Gametracker link next to the match on the women's soccer schedule at www.ButlerSports.com.
A Look At The Weekend Match-ups: Butler will take on Western Carolina for the first time in program history on Friday. The Catamounts carry a 0-2-0 record into the match after dropping a 1-0 bout at East Carolina and a 2-0 game to North Carolina State. The Bulldogs and IPFW, meanwhile, will meet for the fifth time in women's soccer, with Butler holding a 2-1-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Mastodons got the better of the Bulldogs in the last meeting, claiming a 1-0 decision in Indianapolis. IPFW (0-3-0) will try for its first win of the season at Bowling Green on Sept. 5 before making the trek to Butler on Sept. 7.
Tough Luck: Western Kentucky broke a scoreless tie with just 28 seconds remaining in the second overtime to escape with a 1-0 decision over Butler at the Western Kentucky Soccer Complex on August 31 afternoon. The Bulldogs battled the Lady Toppers through a scoreless 100 minutes and was mere seconds away from nabbing their first draw of the season before WKU's Megan Meinke chipped in the deciding score in the final minute of play. Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Baker was solid in the net, notching five saves in the match, including a clutch stop on penalty kick in the second period.
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 two weeks, notching her first career goal while adding a pair of assists in two games for a team-best four points.
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.
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: Butler opens up a four-match road
swing next weekend when it heads through Missouri for a pair of
contests. The Bulldogs kick off the trip at Saint Louis with an
8:00 p.m. ET bout on Friday, Sept. 12 before heading to Columbia,
Mo., on Sunday, Sept. 14, for a 2:00 p.m. ET match against the