September 5, 2007

Women's Soccer Battles Louisville On Sunday

Sept. 5, 2007

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The Week Ahead: The Bulldogs square-off with their third-straight regionally-ranked opponent on Sunday (Sept. 9) when Butler takes on Louisville beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the Great Lakes Region according to Soccer Buzz Magazine, are 2-0 on the year after winning the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.

Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler enters the weekend with a 1-1 record on the year after falling to Ohio State in the season opener before topping Ball State on Sunday (Sept. 2) by a 2-1 score. Both opponents were ranked among the top 15 teams in the region, with OSU checking in at No. 7 and BSU at No. 13. Juniors Angie Muir and Jenny Southard have each netted a goal for the Bulldogs while senior Laura Miller touts the team's lone assist. Senior Annalise Larkin has logged all 180 minutes in goal, making nine saves. Butler features eight returning starters from 2006, including four of the team's top five goal scorers from a season ago. The Bulldogs also boast one of the top recruiting classes in the region, with the 11-player group ranking second in the Horizon League and 25th in the Great Lakes Region according to Soccer Buzz.

Bulldogs Claim First Win Of 2007: Angie Muir and Jenny Southard scored a pair of unanswered goals less than four minutes apart early in the second stanza as the Bulldogs rallied past in-state rival Ball State for their first win of the season on Sept. 2. After the Cardinals struck in the 51st minute, Muir drilled a 20-yard free kick into the back of the net less than three minutes later to deadlock the contest. Southard gave the Bulldogs the lead for good moments later, taking a pass from Laura Miller and going one-on-one with the goalkeeper for the winning strike.

Regionally-Renowned Recruiting: The Bulldogs' 2007 recruiting class was ranked as the second-best in the Horizon League according to Soccer Buzz Magazine, trailing only Milwaukee for the top league class and checking in as the 25th-best in the Great Lakes Region. Butler added 11 newcomers to an already potent line-up for the 2007 campaign, with seven of the recruits playing in state championships during their high school and club careers.

Home Sweet Home, Times Three: The Bulldogs will have several alternatives for their home field this year, as the seven home matches will be divided among three different fields. The Bulldogs will take on Indiana downtown at Kuntz Stadium and will host league-rival Milwaukee in the Butler Bowl. The other five matches will be played at Varsity Field.

Up Next: Butler will head to Terre Haute, Ind. on Sept. 11 for a 4:00 p.m. match at Indiana State before battling host Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 14 at 5:00 p.m.