Oct. 3, 2007
The Week Ahead: Butler opens up this weekend's action in Dayton, Ohio on Friday (Oct. 5) when they take on regionally-ranked Wright State beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Alumni Field. The Bulldogs then return to Varsity Field on Sunday (Oct. 7) when they battle Detroit beginning at 1:00 p.m. The match will also serve as Senior Day, with seniors Annalise Larkin, Laura Miller and Ashley Twehues being honored prior to the competition.
Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler enters the weekend with a 3-6-1 record on the year after notching its first shut-out and Horizon League victory of the year with a 2-0 decision over Valparaiso. The Bulldogs have been one of the top offensive teams in the Horizon League this year, ranking tied for second in the conference in goals per game (1.50) and fourth in assists per game (1.00). Junior Angie Muir paces the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists and ranks in third in the league in points, goals and assists per game. Sophomore Carrie Twyman ranks boasts six points on three goals, while Lindsey Fox (5) and Kenzie Kokta (4) have also been consistent scoring threats. Senior Annalise Larkin has been the Bulldogs net-minder in all but 56 minutes during the year, averaging just 1.46 goals allowed per match for the fifth-best rate in the league while ranking fourth with 55 saves.
Picking On The New Kid: The Bulldogs' first win in league play this season came against a team that wasn't even a member last year. Butler clamped down on the defensive end and got a pair of set piece goals from sophomore Abbie Kaul and junior Angie Muir as the Bulldogs topped host Valparaiso, 2-0, for their first conference win of the year on Sept. 30. The match was also Butler's first shut-out of the year.
Racking Up The Points: Butler's 7-3 victory over Indiana State was not only the highest scoring total for the Bulldogs this year, but it was the most points scored in the league as well. Butler finished with 21 points in the match on seven goals and seven assists, out-distancing the next highest total of 14 total points. Not surprisingly, the Bulldogs goals and assist totals are also single-game highs in the league this year.
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 17 career goals are just one shy of tying Meredith Buemi for 10th all-time, while her 48 career points are just five short 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 1.24 career goals allowed average which ranks second all-time. Her 137 career saves are just one behind Julie Murphy for fifth all-time, while her 2,306:55 minutes played are the sixth-most among the program's goalkeepers.
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 nine of the team's points coming from newcomers.
Up Next: The Bulldogs host conference foe Green Bay at Varsity Field beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 before heading to Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 14 for a battle with league-leading Loyola at 2:00 p.m. ET.