Women's Soccer Hosts Valparaiso, Youngstown State This Weekend

Women's Soccer Hosts Valparaiso, Youngstown State This Weekend

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Starting Off: The Bulldogs kick off the Horizon League campaign at home this weekend when they welcome Valparaiso to the Butler Bowl on Friday (Sept. 26) for a 4:30 p.m. contest. Butler then hosts Youngstown State on Sunday (Sept. 28) beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Bowl.

Butler Soccer On The Web: The Bulldogs' matches against both the Crusaders and the Penguins 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: Valparaiso enters this Friday's match with a league-best 7-1-1 record on the year after topping South Dakota, 2-1, on Sunday (Sept. 21). The Crusaders have not fared well against Butler, however, with the Bulldogs owning a 5-0-0 all-time record against Valpo, including a pair of wins last season. Youngstown State, meanwhile, is 2-6-0 on the year after notching their second win of the year against Howard on Sunday. Butler owns a commanding 8-1-0 all-time record against the Penguins, including wins in the last two seasons.

Kruger Leads Bulldogs Past IU: A pair of impressive goals by junior Molly Kruger put Butler ahead early in second period before a gutsy defensive stand late in the match preserved the advantage, as the Bulldogs scored a 2-1 victory over the host Hoosiers on Sept. 18 evening. Kruger, a former Indiana standout, gave her former club fits all night long, scoring off a cross just over five minutes into the match before belting a 40-yard strike into the back of the net barely a minute into the second frame. Junior Carrie Twyman picked up a pair of assists, while junior Kenzie Kokta and sophomore Lauren Papierski added one each.

A Long Time Coming: The Bulldogs' win over Indiana on Sept. 18 snapped a nine-match winless streak to the Hoosiers. Butler had gone 0-8-1 in the past nine meetings, including a seven-match losing streak, before picking up the 2-1 victory last week. Prior to the drought, the Bulldogs had won five in a row against IU, with the last win coming during the 1997 season.

If She's On The Field, She's In Range: Molly Kruger has caught a couple opponents by surprise with her ability to find the back of the net from long range. The Carmel, Ind., native's first goal of the season came on a booming 40-yard strike against IPFW on Sept. 7. Her most recent goal was a near carbon copy, coming on a 40-yard boot at Indiana.

Spreading The Love: The Bulldogs have gotten help on goals from quite a few different sources this year, with nine different players contributing towards Butler's 15 assists. Carrie Twyman leads the squad with four assists, while Molly Kruger, Lauren Papierski and Sarah Phelps have added two each. Goalkeeper Laura Baker has even gotten in on the action with an assist of her own.

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 steps away from league action next Friday, Oct. 3, when it hosts Xavier at the Butler Bowl before traveling to Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 5, for a match with the Titans.