Oct. 8, 2007
The Week Ahead: Butler welcomes Green Bay to Indianapolis on Friday (Oct. 12) as it battles the Phoenix beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Varsity Field. The Bulldogs then head to Chicago on Sunday (Oct. 14) for a 2:00 p.m. ET match against Loyola.
Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler enters the weekend with a 4-7-1 overall record and a 2-2-0 mark in Horizon League play after claiming its second shut-out win in its last three matches with a 1-0 decision over Detroit on Sunday (Oct. 7). Junior Angie Muir paces the team with 16 points on six goals and four assists, including four scores in league play. Freshman Lindsey Fox and sophomore Carrie Twyman each boast six points, with Fox's coming on two goals and two assists and Twyman's coming on three goals. Sophomore Kenzie Kokta has two goals to her credit, while junior Jenny Southard, sophomore Abbie Kaul and freshman Courtney Lord each have one. Senior Annalise Larkin has been the Bulldogs' net-minder nearly all season, logging 1,043 minutes while allowing just 1.29 goals per match.
Defensive Mind Set: The Butler defense has clamped down in Horizon League play, notching both of the team's shut-outs against conference foes. The Bulldogs tallied their first league win of the year at Valparaiso on Sept. 30 while holding the Crusaders scoreless for 90 minutes. This past Sunday, Butler again kept their opponent off the board, claiming a 1-0 victory over Detroit. In fact, in their last three matches, the Bulldogs boast a 0.33 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 18 career goals are tied with Meredith Buemi for the 10th-most all-time, while her 50 career points are just three 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 1.19 career goals allowed average which ranks second all-time. Her 148 career saves are the fourth-most all-time, while her 2,486:55 minutes played are the sixth-most among the program's goalkeepers.
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.
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 10 of the team's points coming from newcomers.
Up Next: The Bulldogs step out of conference play when they head to Norman, Okla. for a 2:00 p.m. ET match against the Sooners.