Bulldogs Honor Seniors At Final Home Match

Bulldogs Honor Seniors At Final Home Match

HOME FINALE:  Butler will close out its regular season and try to clinch a berth in the 2011 Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship when it hosts Wright State on Saturday, Nov. 5.  The consequential league match, which will also be Butler’s “Senior Day,” will start at 5 p.m. (ET) at the Butler Bowl.  The Bulldogs, coming off a 1-1 tie with league-leading Valparaiso, are battling with Loyola, Milwaukee and UIC for the final two spots in the league championship.  Butler (7-7-3, 2-3-2 Horizon League) can clinch one of those spots with a win or a tie against Wright State.  A loss would eliminate the Bulldogs from this year’s tournament.  Wright State (9-6-2, 4-2-1 HL) currently is tied for second in the league standings with Cleveland State.  Prior to the match, Butler will pay tribute to the four seniors on this year’s squad, JC Aikenhead, Lucas Eichhorn, Dustin Mares and Randy Richter.  The Horizon League Men’s Soccer Championship will begin on campus sites on Tuesday, Nov. 8.  The semifinals and finals are scheduled for Nov. 11-13.                     

Butler has played in every Horizon League Championship since 1990.                        
SENIOR SALUTE:  Seniors JC Aikenhead (West Chicago, Ill.), Lucas Eichhorn (Dublin, Ohio), Dustin Mares (Mishawaka) and Randy Richter (Elmhurst, Ill.) are facing their final match in the Butler Bowl.  Eichhorn and Mares each have played four seasons with the Bulldogs, while Aikenhead and Richter each have played two seasons.  Over the past four seasons, the Bulldogs have compiled a 50-14-12 record, including the school’s first unbeaten regular season mark (16-0-3) in 2010, two Horizon League regular season titles, one Horizon League Tournament championship and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.  Butler has earned a national “Top 25” ranking in each of the past four seasons!

LEAGUE DRAW:  Butler battled league-leading Valparaiso for 110 minutes, before settling for a 1-1 tie on Wednesday (Nov. 2).  The host Crusaders grabbed a 1-0 lead just over 18 minutes into the match and held that margin for the next 56 minutes.  Butler finally tied the match at 74:22 on a goal by freshman Zach Steinberger.  That wound up being the final tally, as both teams battled through two scoreless overtime periods.  The Bulldogs finished with a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal, including a 2-0 edge in overtime.  The tie clinched the regular season title for the Crusaders, who will host the league championship semifinals and finals, Nov. 11-13.     

SCORING CLIMB:  Freshman Zach Steinberger, who missed four matches with injury, has scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the three matches since his return.  He recorded his team-high fifth assist against Cleveland State and then scored single goals against Detroit and Valparaiso.  The production helped the first-year midfielder climb to ninth in the Horizon League in points (13).  

Zach Steinberger leads the Horizon League in assists per game (0.38).

BULLDOG BITS:  Sophomore Austin Oldham is tied for third in the Horizon League in points (18), and he’s tied for fourth in the circuit in goals (7).  The second-year forward stands third in the league in shots (41)...Butler sophomores Austin Oldham and Adam Glanzer are among 13 players tied for fifth in the Horizon League in game-winning goals with two apiece...Adam Glanzer had Butler’s first goal in a 2-1 victory at Wright State a year ago...Goalkeeper Jon Dawson had four saves at Valparaiso, boosting his season total to 49.  Dawson has had 28 saves in Butler’s last five matches, including a career-high seven saves in a match at Green Bay...Junior Jared Isenthal picked up his first assist of the season and the seventh of his career in Butler’s 1-1 tie at Valparaiso.