November 14, 2007

Success Abound For Bulldogs In 2007

Nov. 14, 2007

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An Upward Trend: The 2007 season was one of Butler's finest in recent years. The Bulldogs' 10 overall wins and five league victories are the most for the program since the 2002 team went 15-6-0 on the year and 5-1-0 in conference play. Additionally, Butler's 1.47 goals per game average is the highest mark in five years.

Bulldogs Fall In Heart-Breaker To Milwaukee: Sophomore Carrie Twyman broke a scoreless tie in the 75th minute to give the Bulldogs a late lead in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals, but Milwaukee's Pam Shipway netted the tying mark five minutes later to force overtime before Sarah Teegarden hit the game-winning strike with just over two minutes remaining in the second extra period to give the Panthers the 2-1 win. Freshman Courtney Lord and junior Angie Muir led the team with three shots each, while Twyman and sophomore Lindsey Fox tallied two a piece. Senior Annalise Larkin made four saves while playing the full 107-plus minutes in goal.

Kaul, Twyman Earn All-Tournament Honors: Butler sophomores Carrie Twyman and Abbie Kaul were both mentioned on the 10-player Horizon League All-Tournament Team following the league championship. Twyman finished with a goal and an assist in two tournament matches, while Kaul anchored the Bulldogs' stingy defensive unit that notched a shut-out of Valparaiso in the league quarterfinals.

Winning When It Counts: They certainly did just that, as the Bulldogs claimed wins in their final four games of the regular season and seven of their last nine. Butler continued the trend in the Horizon League Tournament, notching a 2-0 victory over Valparaiso to advance to the semifinal round. During that 10-match span, the Bulldogs out-scored their opponents 16-5.

Shots Fired: Not only did Butler hold a significant scoring edge over its foes down the stretch, but it was downright dominant on shots. In their final four matches of the regular season, the Bulldogs combined to out-shoot their opponents 99-41, notched a season-best 28 shots at Youngstown State on Oct. 26, and topped Cleveland State by a season-high 23 shots (27-to-4) on Oct. 28.

Five Butler Players Named To All-League Squads: After helping Butler to its finest regular season in five years, five Bulldogs were named to the 2007 All-Horizon League Women's Soccer Teams. Junior Angie Muir and sophomore Abbie Kaul were each named to the all-league first team, while junior Jenny Southard earned a spot on the second team. Sophomore Lindsey Fox and freshman Courtney Lord, meanwhile, were both tabbed to the all-newcomer squad.

Cox, Muir Honored For Athletics And Academics: By succeeding both on the playing field and in the classroom in 2007, sophomore Morgan Cox and junior Angie Muir were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team. Cox was a constant presence in the Butler backfield and a major factor in the Bulldogs' 1.27 goals allowed average on the field. The chemistry major carried a 3.97 cumulative grade point average, which was the highest mark on the 10 player second team. Muir, meanwhile, led the team and ranked third in the Horizon League with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. She touted a 3.81 cumulative grade point average as a secondary education and math major.

Just Plain Offensive...But In A Good Way: Butler had its way on the offensive side of the ball against Indiana State on Sept. 11, as the Bulldogs scored six unanswered goals, including five in the first half alone, before the Sycamores got on the board. Carrie Twyman scored three goals, Kenzie Kokta netted two and Angie Muir added one and assisted on three as Butler claimed a 7-3 victory.

Racking Up The Points: Butler's 7-3 win over Indiana State was not only the highest scoring total for the year, but it was the most points scored in the league in 2007 as well. Butler finished with 21 points in the match on seven goals and seven assists.

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 closed out her junior season ranking sixth on the Bulldogs' career charts with 60 career points. She is also tied for sixth with 16 assists and is seventh with 22 goals. Muir finished third in the Horizon League in all three categories in 2007.

Net Watch: Senior goalkeeper Annalise Larkin closed out her career ranking among the finest netminders in the program's history. Her career 1.07 goals allowed average is the second-lowest mark all-time, her 3,206:44 played in goal are the fourth-most and her 173 career saves also rank fourth.