Sept. 17, 2007
The Week Ahead: Butler continues its four-match homestand this week when it welcomes regionally-ranked Indiana to Kuntz Stadium on Wednesday (Sept. 19) for a 7:00 p.m. contest under the lights. The Bulldogs then host Toledo on Sunday (Sept. 23) beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Varsity Field.
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 2-3-1 record on the year after earning a draw at Miami (Ohio) on Friday (Sept. 14) before coming up short to Belmont in the home opener on Sunday (Sept. 16). Junior Angie Muir paces the team with 10 points on three goals and a team-high four assists, while sophomore Carrie Twyman has added three goals of her own, all coming at Indiana State on Sept. 11. Sophomore Kenzie Kokta and freshman Lindsey Fox each have a pair of goals to their credit, while junior Jenny Southard has one. Senior Annalise Larkin has been the Bulldogs net-minder in all but one half during the year and touts a 1.40 goals allowed average (eight goals in six matches).
Making The List: Junior midfielder Angie Muir has been one of Butler's most productive offensive players in her first two-plus seasons with the squad. She currently ranks seventh on the Bulldogs' career charts with 14 assists, including a team-high four this season. Additionally, her 15 career goals are just three short of tying Meredith Buemi for 10th all-time, while her 44 career points are just nine-shy of reaching the top-10 list.
Net Watch: Senior goalkeeper Annalise Larkin has been solid as the Bulldogs' starting net minder this year, but she is also on pace to become one of the best in the program's history. The Carmel, Ind. native currently touts a 1.19 career goals allowed average which ranks second all-time. Her 114 career saves are the sixth-most in school history, while her 1,958:46 minutes played are the seventh-most among the program's goalkeepers.
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 class in the league and checking in as the 25th-best in the Great Lakes Region. The group is already off to a strong start, with two of the team's goals and three of its assists coming from the newcomers.
Up Next: The Bulldogs kick-off the Horizon League season next week when they host regionally-ranked Milwaukee on Friday, Sept. 28 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Butler Bowl. Butler then takes back to the road on Sunday, Sept. 30 to face new league member Valparaiso starting at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.