Bulldogs Begin Horizon League Play At Home

LEAGUE FOES:  Butler will begin Horizon League play at home with a pair of matches against the league’s two Wisconsin members.  The Bulldogs will host Milwaukee in a 5 p.m. (ET) contest at the Butler Bowl on Friday, Sept. 25, and then meet league-leading Green Bay at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 27.  Butler (4-1) is opening Horizon League play against Milwaukee and Green Bay for the second consecutive year.  Last season, the Bulldogs battled to a 0-0 tie in double-overtime at Green Bay, before posting a hard-fought 4-3 victory at Milwaukee.  The four goals against the Panthers matched Butler’s highest single match scoring total for the season.  Milwaukee enters this weekend’s play with a 1-6 record, while Green Bay boasts a league-best 5-0-2 mark.                

Butler was the lone Horizon League team to finish the 2008 season with an unbeaten league record (5-0-3).
     
NARROW DECISION:  The Bulldogs suffered their first setback of the season, dropping a 2-1 decision at Ohio State on Sept. 18.  The host Buckeyes built a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Chris Hegngi, before Butler mounted a late charge.  Sophomore Kyle Pateros cut the margin in half with his first goal of the season at 80:08, and he later had two more scoring attempts in the closing minutes.  The first was stopped by Ohio State goalkeeper Ryan Dalton, while the second missed wide to the right.  Both teams had 10 shots in the match, while Butler had a 5-3 edge in shots on goal.  The two goals were the most allowed by the Bulldogs since Oct. 7, 2008, when #23 Indiana handed Butler a 2-0 setback.        

Butler had not allowed more than a single goal in 13 consecutive matches prior to the loss at Ohio State.   

A YEAR AGO:  Butler was held scoreless for 110 minutes at Green Bay a year ago, but it wasn’t for lack of effort.  The Bulldogs attempted 17 shots in the match, including eight shots on goal.  Green Bay goalkeeper Adam Stikl had five saves in regulation play and then added three more in the two overtime periods.  Boris Gatzky led Butler’s attack with four shots, including three shots on goal, and eight different Bulldogs had at least one shot in the match.  Two days later, the Bulldogs unleashed 21 shots, including 11 shots on goal, and scored a season-high four goals at Milwaukee.  Forward Kyle Pateros scored back-to-back goals to give Butler and early 2-0 lead.  Frank Patano and Matt Hedges added first half goals, and Butler took a 4-2 lead at halftime.  Milwaukee cut the margin to one with a goal in the final five minutes of the contest, but the Bulldogs held on for the win.  Patano had seven shots in the victory, while Gatzky added five.

NATIONAL LOOK:  Despite the setback at Ohio State, the Bulldogs continue to receive votes in both the Soccer America and the College Soccer News polls.  Butler is listed at No. 42 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48.  The Bulldogs are ranked tenth in the Great Lakes Region.

BULLDOG BITS:  Senior Fabian Knopfler surrendered his first two goals of the season in Butler’s match at Ohio State.  Knopfler had posted shutouts in his first two starts this season, as well as his last start a year ago.  He’s had five shutouts in his last seven starts...Senior Boris Gatzky continues to lead the Horizon League in shots per game.  Gatzky has attempted 22 shots in Butler’s first five matches (4.40/match)...Boris Gatzky is tied for second in the league in goals (3) and goals per game (0.60).  He’s tied for third in the circuit in points (7)...Senior goalkeeper Nick Hegeman leads the Horizon League in goals against average (0.50), and he’s tied for second in the league in save percentage (.857).   has allowed a single goal in two starts for the Bulldogs this fall.