October 22, 2007

Bulldogs Host IUPUI On Tuesday

Oct. 22, 2007

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The Week Ahead: Butler closes out the regular season with three matches in a six-day span, beginning with the final home match of the year against IUPUI on Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 4:00 p.m. at Varsity Field. The Bulldogs then hit the road for their final two league match-ups, facing Youngstown State on Friday (Oct. 26) at 6:30 p.m. before taking on Cleveland State on Sunday (Oct. 28) at 12:00 noon.

Butler Soccer On The Web: The Bulldogs' matches at Youngstown State and Cleveland State can both be followed online via Gametracker by clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the calendar at www.butlersports.com. Butler's match against the Penguins will also feature live video through the Horizon League Network and can be viewed by clicking the "Watch" link on the calendar.

Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler enters the weekend with a 6-8-1 overall record and a 3-3-0 mark in Horizon League play after claiming a solid 1-0 victory at Oklahoma on Sunday (Oct. 21). Junior Angie Muir paces the team with 20 points on seven goals and six 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. Meanwhile, junior Jenny Southard and sophomore Abbie Kaul each tout a pair of scores this season. Senior Annalise Larkin has been the Bulldogs' net-minder nearly all season, logging over 1,313 minutes while allowing just 1.17 goals per match.

The League Breakdown: Butler enters the week in fifth place in the Horizon League standings with nine points (3-3-0) and trails fourth-place Valparaiso (4-3-0) by just three points. Wins by the Bulldogs at both YSU and CSU would clinch fourth place for Butler and secure home field advantage in the quarterfinal round on Nov. 2. Meanwhile, a loss to Wright State by Valpo on Friday (Oct. 26) would require Butler to win just one of its final two contests to host a tournament quarterfinal match. The Bulldogs own the tie-breaker with the Crusaders by virtue of their 2-0 victory at Valpo on Sept. 30.

Kaul Lifts Butler Past Sooners: A header by Abbie Kaul off a free kick from Angie Muir proved to be the difference in a tightly-contested defensive battle on Oct. 21, as the Bulldogs came away with a 1-0 victory at Oklahoma. Kaul had a free path to the net after Muir sent in the pass in the 64th minute of play, as the sophomore midfielder headed the ball in the box past the hands of the Sooner goalkeeper for the go-ahead score. Meanwhile, the Butler defense held Oklahoma to just two shots on goal.

Defensive Mind Set: The Butler defense has smothered its opponents in the last few weeks, holding foes to just three goals in the past six matches. The Bulldogs are 4-2 during that stretch, including three shut-outs.

Making The List: Junior midfielder Angie Muir has been one of Butler's most productive offensive players in her first three seasons with the squad. She is currently tied for sixth on the Bulldogs' career charts with 16 assists, including a team-high six this season, while her 19 goals and 54 points rank 10th all-time.

Net Watch: Senior Annalise Larkin has been solid as the Bulldogs' starting net minder this year, and she is also on pace to become one of the best in the program's history. She currently touts a 1.14 career goals allowed average which ranks second all-time. Her 153 career saves are the fourth-most in school history, while her 2,756:55 minutes played are the fifth-most.