Bulldogs Close Road Swing At Indiana, Illinois State This Week

Bulldogs Close Road Swing At Indiana, Illinois State This Week

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Starting Off: Butler heads to Bloomington, Ind., this Thursday (Sept. 18) when it takes on host Indiana beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Bulldogs then conclude their four-match road trip in Normal, Ill., when they do battle with Illinois State starting at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday (Sept. 21).

Butler Soccer On The Web: The Bulldogs' matches against both the Hoosiers and the Redbirds will feature live statistics updates on Gametracker. The contests can be followed online by going to www.ButlerSports.com and clicking on the Gametracker link next to the match on the schedule.

A Look At The Weekend Match-ups: Butler's match against the Hoosiers will be the 15th meeting between the two schools in women's soccer, with IU holding an 8-5-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Bulldogs' last victory over Indiana came via a 1-0 win in Indianapolis in 1997. Butler and Illinois State, meanwhile, will meet for the fifth time this weekend, with the two schools tied with two wins each in the series. Butler scored a win in the last meeting in 2002.

Late Offense Leads Butler Past Saint Louis: Second half goals by juniors Molly Kruger and Kenzie Kokta and staunch defensive play guided the Bulldogs to a 2-0 victory over host Saint Louis on Sept. 12. Kruger broke a scoreless tie in the 67th minute of play after receiving a crossing pass from Lindsey Fox on the right and drilling a 10-yard shot for her second goal in as many games. Kokta added an insurance mark just over 13 minutes later, picking up a pass from Carrie Twyman and scoring her first points of the season in the 80th minute.

Call And Response: Butler and Missouri didn't need much time to create their first-half offense on Sept. 14. After battling through scoreless play in the first 44 minutes, the Tigers broke through with a goal at the 44:14 mark. The Bulldogs were quick to respond, as Mandi Kotynski hit the equalizer just 17 seconds later at 44:31.

Spreading The Love: The Bulldogs have gotten help on goals from quite a few different sources this year, as eight different players have at least one assist on nine total goals this season. Included in the group is goalkeeper Laura Baker, who assisted on a goal against IPFW on Sept. 7.

Stepping Up: An offseason injury has kept Angie Muir, the Bulldogs' top returning scorer, off the field for the first seven matches of the year, but junior Carrie Twyman has stepped up in her absence. She currently leads the team with eight points on three goals and two assists, including two game-winners.

Save Me: Butler goalkeeper Laura Baker has been one of the top net-minders in the Horizon League this season. The Indianapolis native ranks second in the conference with 35 saves and is third with a 0.78 goals allowed average. Meanwhile, her 12 saves against Missouri on Sept. 14 are tied for the second-most in the league this year and are one shy of being a top-10 mark in school history.

Shots Fired: The Bulldogs put together their most impressive offensive performance of the season against IPFW on Sept. 7, out-shooting the Mastodons 23-3 en route to their shut-out victory. Carrie Twyman led the way with eight shots, while Molly Kruger and Maite Bastyr added three each.

Next Up: Butler opens the Horizon League season at home against Valparaiso on Friday, Sept. 26 before hosting Youngstown State on Sunday, Sept. 28.