Starting Off: Winners of five of its last six matches, Butler makes a trek through Wisconsin this weekend as it battles #25 Milwaukee on Friday (Oct. 17) at 8:00 p.m. ET before heading to Green Bay on Sunday (Oct. 19) for a 1:00 p.m. ET match-up with the Phoenix.
Butler Soccer On The Web: Both of the Bulldogs' matches against the Panthers and Phoenix 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 Good Start: Butler's 9-6-0 overall record is the program's best mark through 15 matches since the 2002 season, when the Bulldogs began the year at 11-4. The team's 4-1 mark in league play, meanwhile, is also the best record through five matches since the 2002 campaign.
Shut Them Down: The Bulldogs have allowed just three goals through their first five Horizon League matches, the fewest since the 1999 season when Butler allowed three in the first five league contests.
A Look At The Weekend Match-ups: Butler faces a tough foe on Friday in Milwaukee, which enters the week listed in 25th according to the SoccerBuzz.com rankings. The Panthers boast a 12-2-2 overall record and are tied for first in the Horizon League with the Bulldogs and Loyola with a 4-1-0 league mark. Butler is 5-17-2 all-time against Milwaukee, with its last win coming during the 1999 season. Green Bay, meanwhile, is 3-5-3 on the year and is 0-3-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs are 15-4-0 all-time against the Phoenix, including a 3-1 victory in Indianapolis last season.
Last Minute Goal Pushes Butler Past Loyola: Junior Molly Kruger drilled a game-winning set piece from 30 yards in the final minute of double-overtime to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over Loyola on Sunday (Oct. 12) afternoon at the Butler Bowl. Following a Rambler foul in the 110th minute of play, Kruger was sent to take a free kick 30 yards dead center from the net, and the midfielder delivered with a booming liner over the outstretched arms of the Loyola keeper and just inches below the crossbar to give the Bulldogs the deciding tally. Butler finished with a 16-11 edge on shots in the contest, including an 8-4 advantage on shots on goal.
Better Late Than Never: The Bulldogs' victory over Loyola on Sunday was their first overtime victory this season. Butler had lost in extra time to both Western Kentucky and Western Carolina.
The Defense Never Rests: Butler has made life difficult for its league opponents this season. Through five conference matches, the Bulldogs' foes have taken just 34 shots - including a mere 16 on goal - for an average of 6.8 per game. Conversely, Butler has fired off 94 shots for an average of 18.8 per contest while training 47 on net.
Helping Out: Butler has had a lot of help on its 22 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.
Next Up: Butler closes out the season in
Indianapolis next week when it battles Indiana State (Oct. 21),
IUPUI (Oct. 24) and league foe Cleveland State (Oct. 26).