Bulldogs Visit Loyola For Horizon League Match

CITY TRIP:  Butler will visit Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 1, to face Loyola in its lone men’s soccer tilt this week.  The Horizon League match at the Loyola Soccer Park will start at 7 p.m. (CT, 8 p.m. in Indianapolis).  Both teams are looking for their first Horizon League win.  Loyola dropped its league-opener at Green Bay, 2-1, while the Bulldogs fell at home to Milwaukee, 3-1.  Butler’s loss snapped the Bulldogs’ 10-match, Horizon League unbeaten streak, which dated back to 2009.  The Bulldogs are 21-2-5 in their last 28 Horizon League regular season contests.  Butler slipped past Loyola, 2-1, at the Butler Bowl a year ago.  The Bulldogs took a 2-0 advantage midway through the second half, before Loyola scored in the 71st minute.  Following the match at Loyola, Butler will return to Indianapolis for its next three contests.  The Bulldogs will play a non-league match against IUPUI at Kuntz Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 4, before hosting Horizon League foe UIC at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 8.  Butler will host No. 6 Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 12.                            

Butler will be playing away from home for the seventh time in eight matches when it visits Loyola.

SPLIT DECISIONS:  The Bulldogs came up on both sides of a 3-1 outcome in a pair of matches last week.  Butler picked up a 3-1 victory in a non-league match at IPFW, but then dropped its Horizon League-opener at home to Milwaukee by the same score.   Sophomore Adam Glanzer broke a 1-1 deadlock and scored the eventual game-winner with a goal at 74:03 at IPFW.  It was Glanzer’s third goal of the season and his second game-winner.  The Bulldogs added an insurance goal at 82:38 when sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun chipped a shot over the goalkeeper’s head from six yards out.  Butler had an 8-2 advantage in shots over IPFW in the final 45 minutes and a 14-8 edge for the match.  Three days later, the Bulldogs found themselves on the opposite side of a second-half comeback.  Visiting Milwaukee broke a 1-1 halftime tie with a goal just over three minutes into the second half, and the Panthers then added a second goal with just under 20 minutes remaining in the match.  Milwaukee out-shot the Bulldogs, 13-7.            

Butler has not been ahead at halftime in a match this season.

STRONG START:  Sophomore Austin Oldham (right) has already scored as many goals (5) in eight matches this year as he did during his entire freshman season a year ago.  Oldham, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points, tied for third on the squad in scoring a year ago with five goals and three assists.  The second-year forward currently ranks second in the Horizon League in goals, and he’s tied for second in the league in points.  Oldham picked up a single point last week with an assist on Butler’s final goal at IPFW.

Austin Oldham had a goal and an assist in Butler’s match against Loyola last year.

BULLDOG BITS:  Butler stands 47-10-10 since the start of the 2008 season.  The Bulldogs are 18-2-5 in Horizon League matches over that stretch...Junior Justin Sass scored his first Butler goal to give Butler a 1-0 lead at IPFW.  It was the fourth collegiate goal for the Butler defender, who transferred from Evansville this season...Freshman Zach Steinberger is tied for second in the Horizon League in assists with four.  He picked up his fourth assist on Butler’s initial goal at IPFW.  Steinberger also scored his first collegiate goal in Butler’s home match against Milwaukee...Butler ranks third in the Horizon League in goals (13) and second in the league in assists (15).  Four different Butler players have recorded at least two assists this season.

Photos by Brent Smith