Eight New Foes On 2012 Butler Men’s Soccer Schedule
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The Butler men's soccer team will be challenged in 2012 by eight new opponents, an entirely new conference and one of the toughest schedules in recent school history. The Bulldogs' 19-match slate will feature eight home contests, including a visit from 2011 NCAA Division I national runner-up Charlotte.
Six of Butler's first-time foes will come from the Bulldogs' new affiliation with the Atlantic 10 Conference. Four of those new conference foes, Richmond (Oct. 12), VCU (Oct. 14), George Washington (Oct. 26) and Charlotte (Oct. 28), will be coming to Indianapolis, while the Bulldogs will visit first-time foes Temple (Oct. 19) and Saint Joseph's (Oct. 21). Also facing the Bulldogs for the first time will be non-league foes Bucknell and Central Arkansas.
Butler's 2012 schedule includes five teams that competed in last year's NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. Charlotte advanced to the championship match of last year's College Cup before falling to North Carolina, 1-0. South Florida, Butler's first opponent at the 2012 Akron Tournament (Sept. 14-16), advanced to the Elite Eight of last year's national soccer championship, while Indiana reached the Sweet 16. Conference foe Xavier and St. John's also participated in last year's College Cup.
"We are all very excited about the upcoming 2012 season," said Butler second-year head coach Paul Snape. "This is one of the most challenging schedules that the program has played in a long time, and there will be no easy games."
The Bulldogs, 7-8-3 a year ago, will play exhibition matches against the Alumni Team on August 16 and against Oakland on August 19, before beginning the regular season against William & Mary on August 24 at the VCU Tournament. Butler also will play Bucknell (Aug. 26) in the Richmond, Va., meet.
Butler's first home match will be against IUPUI on August 28, followed by home contests against Northern Kentucky (Sept. 7) and Central Arkansas (Sept. 9). The Bulldogs' remaining non-league slate includes matches against South Florida and St. John's at the Akron Tournament, a home contest against Evansville (Sept. 19) and road matches at Ohio State (Sept. 26) and Indiana (Oct. 17).
"The strength of the non-conference schedule will hopefully prepare us to be competitive in the Atlantic 10 Conference," continued Snape. "We expect every Atlantic 10 conference game to be played with passion, determination and respect, similar to what we experienced for many years in the Horizon League."
Butler will begin and end it first Atlantic 10 schedule on the road. The Bulldogs will visit Dayton on October 5 and Xavier on Oct. 7 to begin league play and then end the conference schedule at Saint Louis on Nov. 4. The Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament will be held Nov. 7-11.