Bulldogs Host Belmont In Home Opener On Sunday

Sept. 13, 2007

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The Week Ahead: The Bulldogs open the home portion of the 2007 schedule this weekend when they host Belmont on Sunday (Sept. 16) beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Varsity Field. Butler will close-out a five-match season-opening road swing on Friday (Sept. 14) when it battles Miami (Ohio) beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The Home Stretch: The Bulldogs will open up a four-match homestand this weekend with the home opener on Sunday (Sept. 16). After playing Belmont, Butler will host Indiana at Kuntz Stadium on Sept. 19 before welcoming Toledo to campus on Sept. 23. The Horizon League schedule begins as the homestand concludes on Sept. 28 as the Bulldogs host conference foe Milwaukee in the Butler Bowl.

Indiana Youth Soccer Month: Butler has teamed up with the US Youth Soccer Association to celebrate Youth Soccer Month in its game against Indiana on Sept. 19 at Kuntz Stadium. September has been designated as Youth Soccer Month in order to recognize the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America's families.

Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler enters the weekend with a 2-2 record on the year after using an offensive barrage at Indiana State on Tuesday (Sept. 11) to take down the Sycamores, 7-3. Junior Angie Muir paces the team with seven points on two goals and a team-high three assists, while sophomore Carrie Twyman leads the squad with three goals, all coming at ISU. Sophomore Kenzie Kokta has a pair of goals to her credit, while junior Jenny Southard and freshman Lindsey Fox each have one. Senior Annalise Larkin has played every minute in goal this season and touts a .714 save percentage (8 allowed, 20 saves).

Just Plain Offensive...But In A Good Way: Butler had its way on the offensive side of the ball against Indiana State on Sept. 11, as the Bulldogs scored six unanswered goals, including five in the first half alone, before the Sycamores got on the board. Carrie Twyman scored three goals, Kenzie Kokta netted two and Angie Muir added one and assisted on three as Butler claimed a 7-3 victory.

Regionally-Ranked Schedule: Butler's 2007 schedule features quite a few matches against opponents who are among the best in their respective regions according to Soccer Buzz Magazine. The Bulldogs have already tangled with three regionally-ranked foes (Ohio State, Ball State and Louisville) and have upcoming dates with four others (Indiana, Milwaukee, Wright State and Oklahoma).

...And 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.

Senior Day Announcement: Butler will host its Senior Day somewhat earlier than usual this year, with the Bulldogs' Oct. 7 match against Detroit being selected for the occasion. Goalkeeper Annalise Larkin and defender Laura Miller will be honored in a ceremony prior to the match.

Up Next: Butler plays host to in-state rival Indiana on Wednesday (Sept. 19) in a 7:00 p.m. match at Kuntz Stadium. The Bulldogs then return to campus on Sunday (Sept. 23) when they take on Toledo beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Varsity Field.