October 16, 2007

Bulldogs Head To Oklahoma On Sunday

Oct. 16, 2007

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The Week Ahead: Butler will have its slowest week of the season when it heads to Norman, Okla. on Sunday (Oct. 21) for its only competition when it takes on Oklahoma beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. The two squads will be facing each other for the first time when they meet at John Crain Field.

A Closer Look At This Weekend's Match-Up: Oklahoma heads into a Friday (Oct. 19) contest against Texas Tech with a 6-6-2 record on the year. The Sooners were ranked as high as 10th in the Central Region according to Soccer Buzz Magazine before dropping out of the top-15 two weeks ago. The Bulldogs have faced just two other Big 12 foes in their history and boast a 1-2-0 record in those match-ups. Butler scored a 2-0 win against Texas Tech in 1998 after falling to Texas in both 1996 (0-1, OT) and 1998 (2-5).

Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler enters the weekend with a 5-8-1 overall record and a 3-3-0 mark in Horizon League play after claiming a strong 3-1 win over Green Bay on Oct. 12 before falling in a tough, 1-0 battle with Loyola on Oct. 14. Junior Angie Muir paces the team with 19 points on seven goals and five assists, including five scores in league play. Sophomore Lindsey Fox boasts nine points on three goals and three assists, while sophomore Carrie Twyman has six points on three goals. Junior Jenny Southard touts a pair of scores, and sophomore Abbie Kaul and freshman Courtney Lord each have one. Senior Annalise Larkin has been the Bulldogs' net-minder nearly all season, logging over 1,223 minutes while allowing just 1.25 goals per match.

Defensive Mind Set: The Butler defense has clamped down in Horizon League play, especially of late. In the team's last five matches, they have allowed just three goals, including shut-out victories over Valparaiso and Detroit and a 3-1 decision over Green Bay.

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 15 assists, including a team-high five this season, and is just one behind Krista Rott's sixth-place total of 16. Additionally, Muir's 19 career goals moved her past Meredith Buemi for the 10th-most all-time, while her 53 career points tie her with Buemi for 10th.

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 1.18 career goals allowed average which ranks second all-time. Her 151 career saves are the fourth-most all-time, while her 2,666:55 minutes played move her past Kirby Zwickel for the fifth-most all-time.

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 13 of the team's points coming from newcomers.

Up Next: Butler closes out the regular season with a busy week, hosting non-conference foe IUPUI on Tuesday (Oct. 23) before traveling to Ohio for league contests at Youngstown State on Friday (Oct. 26) and at Cleveland State on Sunday (Oct. 28).