Starting Off: Butler wraps up its regular season with a busy week that will feature three matches in a span of six days. The Bulldogs kick off the stretch by hosting Indiana State on Tuesday (Oct. 21) beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Varsity Field before heading across town to play IUPUI beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 24) at Kuntz Stadium. The regular slate concludes on Sunday (Oct. 26) with a Horizon League contest against Cleveland State beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Butler Bowl.
Change Of Venue: The Bulldogs' match against CSU on Sunday, Oct. 26, has been moved from its original location at Varsity Field to the Butler Bowl, which is located immediately next to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The match is still slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.
Butler Soccer On The Web: Butler's contest against the Vikings will feature live statistics updates through Gametracker and can be viewed by clicking on the Gametracker link next to the match on the schedule at www.ButlerSports.com.
Building On Success: With nine wins so far this season, the Bulldogs are currently just one victory shy of matching their 10-match win total from 2007.
A Look At The Standings: Butler checks in at fourth place in the Horizon League standings with 12 points (four wins, no ties) and trail third-place Wright State - which completed its regular season on Sunday - by just a point (13, four wins, one tie). A win over Cleveland State on Sunday would ensure the Bulldogs of at least a fourth-place finish and give them a home match in the first round of the league tournament. Butler could move up as high as third with a win over CSU and loss by Detroit to either Milwaukee or Green Bay.
This Week's Match-ups: Butler meets Indiana State for the seventh time in women's soccer, with the Bulldogs holding a 4-2 edge in the all-time series, including a convincing 7-3 triumph last season in Terre Haute. ISU heads into the match with a 3-11 record on the year, with its last win coming via a 9-0 victory over Oakland City on Oct. 12. Butler will try to continue its undefeated streaks against both IUPUI and Cleveland State, as the Bulldogs tout a 7-0-1 all-time record against the Jaguars and a 4-0 mark against the Vikings. IUPUI heads into Friday's match with a 9-6 overall record this season, while CSU takes a 6-9-1 overall record into an Oct. 24 match against Youngstown State.
Point People: The Bulldogs have gotten much of their success on offense from a pair of juniors, as Molly Kruger and Carrie Twyman are 1-2 on the squad with 22 points and 18 points, respectively. The tandem is also among the best in the Horizon League, as Kruger ranks third and Twyman checks in at fourth.
The Defense Never Rests: Butler has made life difficult for its league opponents this season. Through seven conference matches, the Bulldogs' foes have taken just 66 shots for an average of 9.4 per game. Conversely, Butler has fired off 113 shots for an average of 16.1 per contest.
Helping Out: Butler has had a lot of help on
its 23 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.