Starting Off: Coming off a convincing 6-1 victory in the quarterfinals on Sunday (Nov. 2), the Butler women's soccer team continues its trek towards the Horizon League Championship when it takes on No. 1 seed and host Loyola in the semifinals on Friday (Nov. 7) beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (4:00 p.m. Central) at the Loyola Soccer Park. The winner advances to the championship match on Sunday (Nov. 9) beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT.
The Only Blemish: Butler handed the Ramblers their only loss in league play this year, as junior Molly Kruger delivered the game-winner off a free kick in the final minute of the second overtime to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 decision. Butler finished the match with a 16-11 edge on shots and an 8-4 margin in shots on goal.
How We Got Here: The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship after rolling past Detroit, 6-1, in the quarterfinals on Sunday (Nov. 2) at the Butler Bowl. Junior Molly Kruger provided all the scoring Butler would need in the first half, netting her 10th and 11th goals of the season in the first 23 minutes of play. Junior Lindsey Fox added two goals of her own in the second half before the Titans managed to get on the board to break-up the shut-out. A late goal by sophomore Lauren Papierski and a Detroit own goal in the final minute of play sealed the convincing win.
This Weekend's Match-up: The Bulldogs hold a 13-5-1 all-time record against Loyola, including their 1-0, double-overtime victory in Indianapolis earlier this season. Butler has not fared as well against the Ramblers in the league tournament, however, with Loyola winning contests in 2003 (1-0) and 2006 (3-1). However, the Bulldogs are 6-3 against the Ramblers when playing in Chicago.
A Helping Hand: While Butler's scoring total in its match against Detroit was impressive, it's assist figure stands out even more. The Bulldogs' eight helpers in the match broke the school's single-match record of seven, while nearly as impressive was the fact that a different player registered each assist.
Not A Bad First Year: Molly Kruger currently leads the Bulldogs with 30 points on 11 goals and eight assists. In fact, all three of her statistics are among the best single-season marks in school history. Her 30 points are the fourth-most all-time, her eight assists are tied for fifth and her 11 scores are tied for the ninth-best single-season total in the record books.
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.