September 5, 2012

Bulldogs Host Weekend Matches

HOME WRAP:  Butler will close out its current three-match homestand with a pair of non-conference contests at the Butler Bowl.  The Bulldogs, who opened the home stretch with a 2-0 victory over IUPUI, will host Northern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. (ET), and Central Arkansas on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.  Both teams are in Indianapolis to participate in the IUPUI Nike Classic over the weekend.  Central Arkansas will face IUPUI on Friday, while Northern Kentucky will visit the Jaguars on Sunday.  Butler and Northern Kentucky will be meeting for the third time as men's soccer foes and for the first time since 1990.  The Bulldogs captured a 3-0 decision at Kuntz Stadium in that last meeting and a 2-0 decision at Northern Kentucky in 1989.  Butler and Central Arkansas are first-time foes.                  

Butler is one of six remaining unbeaten teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
      
WIN COLUMN:  The Bulldogs (1-0-2) maintained their unblemished record and picked up their first 2012 victory with a strong performance in their home-opener against crosstown foe IUPUI.  The two teams battled to a standoff through the first 45 minutes, before sophomore Brandon Fricke gave Butler the lead with his first goal of the season nine minutes into the second half.  Senior Tyler Pollock added an insurance goal and closed out the scoring with just under 13 minutes remaining in the contest.  The Bulldogs had eight shots on goal in the victory, including five after intermission.  

ATTACK 'DOGS:  Butler unleashed 18 shots against IUPUI, including 12 in the second half.  It was the third straight match that the Bulldogs attempted at least 16 shots.  Butler currently ranks third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in shots (17.67), trailing only defending national runner-up Charlotte (22.00) and VCU (21.33).  The Bulldogs attempted 16 shots in their season-opener against William & Mary and then fired 19 shots at Bucknell.  Butler has 21 shots on goal in its first three matches.                   

DEFENSIVE STOPPER:  Junior Jon Dawson recorded his second shutout of the season and the fifth of his career to help lead the Bulldogs past IUPUI.  Dawson finished the match with three saves, boosting his season total to 10 saves and his career total to 66 stops.  Dawson currently is tied for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference in shutouts, and he stands second in the conference in save percentage (.909).  The 6-5 goalkeeper has allowed only one goal this season.    

Jon Dawson leads the A-10 in goals against average (0.29).

BULLDOG BITS:  Butler limited visiting IUPUI to just a single shot in the first half and just eight total shots for the match...Junior Austin Oldham led the Bulldogs with four shots against IUPUI, including two shots on goal.  Oldham ranks fifth in the A-10 in shots (4.00) after three matches...Sophomore Zach Steinberger recorded up his first 2012 assist on Brandon Fricke's game-winning goal against IUPUI.  Steinberger led the Bulldogs in assists with five in his initial season a year ago...Head Coach Paul Snape picked up his eighth career victory and his first in the Butler Bowl with the Bulldogs' win over IUPUI...Butler is tied for first in the A-10 in fewest goals allowed (1) and in shutouts (2).  The Bulldogs lead the conference in goals against average (0.29).