Sept. 24, 2007
The Week Ahead: The Bulldogs conclude their four-match homestand while opening up the Horizon League slate on Friday (Sept. 28) as they host Milwaukee beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Varsity Field. Butler then heads to Valparaiso on Sunday (Sept. 30) for a 3:00 p.m. ET match with the Crusaders.
Milwaukee Game Site Change: Butler's match against Milwaukee on Friday (Sept. 28) will now be played at Varsity Field. The game was originally set to be played in the Butler Bowl but was changed due to scheduling conflicts.
Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler enters the weekend with a 2-5-1 record on the year following a pair of hard-fought defeats to Indiana and Toledo last week. The Bulldogs have been one of the top offensive teams in the Horizon League this year, ranking second in the conference in goals per game (1.50) and assists per game (1.25). 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 and freshman Courtney Lord both have one. Senior Annalise Larkin has been the Bulldogs net-minder in all but one half during the year and touts a 1.42 goals allowed average.
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 four regionally-ranked foes (Ohio State, Ball State, Louisville and Indiana) and have upcoming dates with three others (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 three of the team's goals and three of its assists coming from the newcomers.
Up Next: Butler heads to Wright State on Oct. 5 for a 5:00 p.m. match before returning home to host Senior Day on Oct. 7 against Detroit at Varsity Field. Seniors Annalise Larkin and Laura Miller will be honored prior to the contest.