Starting Off: Butler carries a four-match winning streak into a pair of Horizon League home contests this weekend at the Butler Bowl. The Bulldogs open up against Wright State on Friday (Oct. 10) beginning at 4:00 p.m. before hosting Loyola on Sunday (Oct. 12) starting at 4:00 p.m.
Time Change: The start time of Butler's match against the Raiders on Friday, which was originally scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start time, has been moved up a half hour for a 4:00 p.m. start.
Butler Soccer On The Web: Both of the Bulldogs' matches against the Raiders and Ramblers 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.
Breaking Down The Streak: Butler has played some of its best soccer of the season during its four-match winning streak. The Bulldogs have out-scored their foes 10-2 during the span and had gone 353-straight minutes without allowing a goal before yielding two in the final six minutes against Detroit.
Starting Out Strong: Butler's 3-0 start to the Horizon League season is the program's best record since going 4-0 to open the league slate in 2002.
A Look At The Weekend Match-ups: Butler faces the Raiders for the 22nd time in program history this Friday, with the Bulldogs owning an 11-8-2 all-time record. WSU enters the contest with a 6-7-1 mark on the year and a 1-2-1 record in Horizon League play. Loyola, meanwhile, will take on the Bulldogs for the 19th time ever with Butler holding a 12-5-1 advantage in the all-time series. With a 7-7-1 record on the year and a 3-0-0 mark in league play, the Ramblers will battle Green Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 7) and SIU-Edwardsville on Friday (Oct. 10) before doing battle with the Bulldogs on Sunday (Oct. 12).
Last Weekend's Results: Butler continued its hot streak with its third-straight shut-out win on Friday, Oct. 3, coming via a 2-0 victory over Xavier at the Butler Bowl. Carrie Twyman and Molly Kruger each found the back of the net in the win. Two days later (Oct. 5), the Bulldogs worked out to a 3-0 advantage on host Detroit, coming on goals from Twyman, Kruger and Maite Bastyr, before holding on for the win after the Titans scored twice in the final six minutes.
A Part Of It All: Molly Kruger was a huge contributing factor in the Bulldogs' two victories last weekend, scoring or assisting on all five of the team's goals. She assisted on Carrie Twyman's goal in the 11th minute against Xavier before burying a goal from 15 yards out in the 59th minute of play. Two days later, she created a pair of scoring opportunities from Maite Bastyr and Twyman before tallying a strike on her own to give the Bulldogs what would be their decisive goal.
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 63-19 advantage on shots in its three league contests, including an astounding 32-9 edge in shots on goal.
Helping Out: Butler has had a lot of help on
its 21 goals this season, as 10 different players have combined for
the Bulldogs' 27 assists. Molly Kruger and Carrie Twyman
lead the way with six each, and even goalkeeper Laura Baker has
gotten in on the action with an assist of her own.