Butler Begins Three-Match Homestand
Butler will play the first of three consecutive home matches when
it hosts IUPUI in a non-conference contest on Tuesday, August
28. The Bulldogs’ first home match of 2012 is slated
for 7 p.m. (ET) at the Butler Bowl. Butler and IUPUI will be
squaring off as men’s soccer opponents for the 12th
consecutive year for for the 13th time overall. The Jaguars
won last year’s match on their home field, 3-0, and the two
teams tied, 0-0, in 2010, the last time IUPUI visited the Butler
Bowl. The Bulldogs captured the 2009 meeting at IUPUI, 2-1,
and lead the overall series, 8-2-2. IUPUI opened the 2012
campaign with a 2-0 victory over Detroit, while Butler tied two
matches at the VCU NIke Classic in Richmond Va. Following the
IUPUI match, the Bulldogs will continue their homestand with
contests against Northern Kentucky (Sept. 7) and Central Arkansas
Butler is 1-0-1 against IUPUI in the Butler Bowl.
EVEN SLATE: The Bulldogs, unbeaten in three outings including one exhibition match, are still looking for their first 2012 victory. Butler played Oakland to a 2-2 tie in a preseason exhibition test at the Butler Bowl and then picked up a pair of draws at the VCU Nike Classic on the opening weekend of the season. The Bulldogs battled to a 0-0 tie against William & Mary in the opening round of the tournament and then had a 1-1 standoff against Bucknell in the final round. The two regular season ties are one shy of Butler’s entire total for 2011.
ALL TOURNAMENT: The VCU Nike Classic featured one decision and three ties, and the Bulldogs wound up placing third in the competition based on goal differential. Two Butler players, junior forward Austin Oldham and junior goalkeeper Jon Dawson, earned recognition on the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the event.
SCORING DUO: Freshman Jeff Adkins scored Butler’s first 2012 goal in the first half of the Bucknell match, after taking a pass from junior Austin Oldham. The same two players combined on Butler’s first goal against Oakland in the Bulldogs’ season-opening exhibition contest. Oldham, who was Butler’s leading scorer a year ago, later scored Butler’s second goal against Oakland.
SAVE MORE: Junior Jon Dawson was given the starting nod in goal in both of Butler’s matches in Virginia, and he wound up playing all 220 minutes in the two contests. The 6-5 Dawson had five saves in Butler’s season-opener against William & Mary, and that total was just two off his career-high set a year ago. He then came back with a pair of saves in the Bulldogs’ match with Bucknell. The shutout against William & Mary was the fourth of his career.
Jon Dawson had a 1.51 goals against average and 52 saves a year ago.
BULLDOG BITS: Butler head coach Paul Snape used 17 different players in the Bulldogs’ match against Bucknell. Thirteen different Bulldogs saw action in both of Butler’s season-opening matches...Junior Austin Oldham led the Bulldogs with eight shots, including four shots on goal, in the two matches at the VCU Nike Classic. Sophomore Brandon Fricke had six shots, including three shots on goal in the two contests...Butler has had a 13-8 advantage in shots on goal in the first two matches this season.