Butler Welcomes Xavier To Town On Friday

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Starting Off: Winners of five of its last seven matches, Butler briefly steps away from Horizon League play on Friday (Oct. 3) when they host Xavier beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Butler Bowl. The Bulldogs then hit the road on Sunday (Oct. 5) when they battle league foe Detroit beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Butler Soccer On The Web: The Bulldogs' match against the Musketeers on Friday 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 and Xavier will meet for the 12th time in program history, with the Bulldogs trailing the all-time series, 4-6-1. The Musketeers enter this Friday's match with a 1-7-1 record after falling, 3-1, to A-10 opponent Richmond on Sunday (Sept. 28). The Bulldogs will face the Titans for the 21st time on Sunday, with Butler holding a 13-7 record all-time. Detroit is 4-4-1 on the year and 1-0-0 in league play after defeating Oakland on Monday (Sept. 29).

Last Weekend's Results: Butler kicked off the Horizon League campaign last weekend with a couple of impressive shut-out wins over Valparaiso and Youngstown State. Lauren Papierski netted her first career goal and Carrie Twyman added another as the Bulldogs handed the Crusaders a 2-0 setback on Sept. 26. Butler continued to shine two days later, as Molly Kruger scored her team-best fifth goal of the year and Abbie Kaul headed in a pair of marks to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory over YSU on Sept. 28.

Starting Out Strong: Butler's 2-0 start to the Horizon League season is the program's best record since going 4-0 to open the league slate in 2002. Additionally, the Bulldogs have shut-out their first two opponents of the league season for the first time since the 1999 campaign when Butler began the conference slate with three-straight shut-out wins over Loyola (2-0), Detroit (1-0) and Green Bay (3-0).

Shots Fired: Part of the reason for the Bulldogs' success thus far in league play has been their ability to get good looks at the net. Butler holds a commanding 45-9 advantage on shots in its two league contests, including an astounding 24-1 edge in shots on goal.

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 from the left against IPFW on Sept. 7. Less than two weeks later at Indiana (Sept. 18), she drilled a mirror image of the shot with a 40-yard boot from the right side.

Spreading The Love: The Bulldogs have gotten help on goals from quite a few different sources this year, with 10 different players contributing towards Butler's 21 assists. Carrie Twyman leads the squad with five assists, while Molly Kruger, Lauren Papierski and Sarah Phelps have added three each. Goalkeeper Laura Baker has even gotten in on the action with an assist of her own.

Next Up: Butler returns to action with a pair of league matches next weekend when it welcomes Wright State to Indianapolis on Friday (Oct. 10) at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Loyola on Sunday (Oct. 12) at 4:00 p.m. Both matches were originally scheduled to be held at Varsity Field but will now be played in the Butler Bowl.