Bulldogs Head To Milwaukee On Friday For League Semifinals

Bulldogs Head To Milwaukee On Friday For League Semifinals

Nov. 5, 2007

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The Week Ahead: The Bulldogs ride a five-match winning streak into the Horizon League Championship Semifinals on Friday (Nov. 9) when they take on top-seeded Milwaukee beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET at Engelman Field. It will be the third-straight year that Butler has played in the league semifinals.

Butler Soccer On The Web: Live statistics of the Bulldogs' Horizon League semifinal match at Milwaukee will be available on the web via Gametracker. The game can be accessed logging on to www.ButlerSports.com and clicking the "Gametracker" link next to the match on the schedule.

A Look At The Match-Up: Butler touts a 5-16-2 all-time record against the Panthers, including a tough 5-1 defeat to open the league schedule this year. The Bulldogs last win over UWM came in the 1999 season, as Butler claimed a 3-1 decision at home, while the last win in Milwaukee came in 1998 via a 1-0 overtime decision.

Previewing The Bulldogs: Butler heads into the weekend with a 10-8-1 overall record after winning its last five matches and eight of its last 10. Junior midfielder Angie Muir paces the team and ranks third in the league with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists, including six scores in league play. Sophomore forwards Lindsey Fox and Carrie Twyman have been the top players up front, with Fox notching 14 points on five goals and four assists and Twyman totaling 13 points on six goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder/defender Abbie Kaul has added a scoring threat with three goals and an assist, while sophomore midfielder Kenzie Kokta and junior forward Jenny Southard have each contributed two strikes. Senior Annalise Larkin has been the Bulldogs' net-minder nearly all season, logging 1,655 minutes while allowing just 0.98 goals per match, the third-best mark in the conference.

Fox Helps Butler Continue Valpo Dominance: Lindsey Fox netted both of the Bulldogs' scores against Valparaiso and host Butler shut down the Crusader offense for a 2-0 victory in the league quarterfinal match on Saturday (Nov. 3). Butler is now 5-0-0 all-time against Valpo and has out-scored the Crusaders 13-0 in those matches.

The Milwaukee Connection: Butler's trip to Milwaukee on Nov. 9 will be a homecoming of sorts for three members on the club. Sophomore Abbie Kaul is a native of Fredonia, located about 30 miles north of the city, while sophomore Kenzie Kokta hails from suburban Brookfield about 10 miles west of downtown. Additionally, head coach Tari St. John also calls Brookfield home.

Strong To The Finish: The Bulldogs have stepped up their performances when they needed the most down the stretch, winning their last five matches in a row as well as eight of their last 10. During that 10-match span, Butler has out-scored its opponents 16-5 while registering five shut-outs.

Shots Fired: Not only has Butler held a significant scoring edge over its foes recently, but it has been downright dominant on shots. In their last four matches, the Bulldogs have combined to out-shoot their opponents 99-41, have notched a season-best 28 shots at Youngstown State on Oct. 26, and have topped Cleveland State by a season-high 23 shots (27-to-4) on Oct. 28.

Next Up: A win over the Panthers on Friday would send the Bulldogs to the title match for the first time since 2002 and would pit Butler against the winner of the Loyola/Wright State match.