Starting Off: Butler opens up the Horizon League Championship this weekend, as the No. 4 seed Bulldogs host No. 5 seed Detroit in the quarterfinals on Sunday (Nov. 2) beginning at 12:00 noon in the Butler Bowl.
Butler Soccer On The Web: Butler's contest against the Titans 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.
How We Got Here: Butler enters the Horizon League Championship quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed in the tournament after finishing the season with a 4-4-0 mark in league play and 12 points (3 points for a win, 1 for a tie). The Bulldogs finished just one point behind third-place Wright State (4-3-1 - 13 points). Despite finishing in a tie with Detroit (4-4-0 - 12 points), the Bulldogs earned the tie breaker and home field advantage in the first round thanks to a 3-2 victory over the Titans during the regular season.
This Weekend's Match-up: Butler enters the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship with a 16-12-1 (.580) all time record in the league tournament, including a 1-1-0 record last season. Sunday's contest will be the 22nd meeting between the Bulldogs and Titans, with Butler holding a 14-7-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Bulldogs defeated the Titans in Detroit on Oct. 5, as Maite Bastyr, Carrie Twyman and Molly Kruger each netted goals before holding off a late charge by the Titans for the win.
Trio Earns All-League Honors: A trio of Bulldogs was recognized with Horizon League post season awards, as junior midfielder Molly Kruger, junior defender Abbie Kaul and sophomore midfielder Courtney Lord were named to all-league teams. Kruger earned mention on the all-league first team and the all-newcomer squad, while Kaul and Lord were both tabbed to the all-league second team. Both Kaul and Lord earned their second mentions on the all-league team with Kaul earning first team recognition last season and Lord receiving a spot on the all-newcomer team a year ago.
Cox, Kruger Named To Academic All-District Squad: After performing at an exceptional level both on the playing field and in the classroom, Morgan Cox and Molly Kruger were both named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V First Team. With their First Team bids, the two Butler juniors will be in the running for the Academic All-America Team, which will be voted on by CoSIDA members on Nov. 11 before being announced on Nov. 18.
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 25 points and 18 points, respectively. The tandem is also among the best in the Horizon League, as Kruger ranks third and Twyman places in a tie for sixth.
Helping Out: Butler has had a lot of help on its 26 goals this season, as 10 different players have combined for the Bulldogs' 30 assists. Molly Kruger leads the way with seven, while Carrie Twyman follows closely with six. Even goalkeeper Laura Baker has gotten in on the action with an assist of her own.
Looking Ahead: A win by the Bulldogs on Sunday
would send them to the semifinals to face either top-seeded Loyola
or Youngstown State at the site of the highest remaining seed on