Bulldogs Face Two Matches In Philadelphia

Senior Tyler Pollock

TRAVELING BAND:  Butler will continue a busy road stretch when it visits Philadelphia for a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference matches.  The Bulldogs will visit league-leading Temple for a 2:30 p.m. match on Friday, Oct. 19 and then travel across town to face Saint Joseph's at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.  The two road contests will complete a stretch that's had the Bulldogs play six of eight contests outside of Indianapolis.  The Bulldogs dropped two of their last three matches to teams ranked in the "Top 25."  Butler began the three-match stretch with a 6-0 victory over Richmond, before dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 21 VCU.  The Bulldogs ended the stretch with a 2-0 setback at No. 11 Indiana.  The three matches dropped Butler to 3-6-4 on the year and 1-3 in Atlantic 10 play.  Temple sits atop the A-10 standings with a 3-0-1 league record and a 7-4-2 overall mark.  The Owls are 5-0 on their home field, the Ambler Sports Complex, this season.  Saint Joseph's, 5-8 on the season, is currently tied with the Bulldogs in the A-10 standings.  Following the two-match swing to Philadelphia, Butler will play its final two home matches of the season against George Washington on Oct. 26 and Charlotte on Oct. 28.
    
The Bulldogs are looking for their first Atlantic 10 Conference road victory.
      
NATIONAL COMPETITION:  The Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back matches against teams ranked in the "Top 25" of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national poll.  The two contests ran Butler's total for "Top 25" opponents to five already this season.  The Bulldogs played No. 21 VCU to a standoff for 86 minutes, before the visiting Rams scored with less than four minutes remaining to claim the win.  Two days later, Butler visited No. 11 Indiana and again turned in a strong performance, before falling 2-0.  The Bulldogs have tied two "Top 25" opponents and dropped matches to two others by a single goal.

SCORING PUNCH:  Butler celebrated its first Atlantic 10 Conference home match with its biggest scoring output in more than half a decade.  The Bulldogs scored less than five minutes into the home match against Richmond, led 2-0 at halftime and then added four second half goals for a 6-0 final.  It was the most goals by a Butler team since 2006, when the Bulldogs defeated IPFW, 6-0.  Junior Austin Oldham led the way with a pair of goals, including the game-winner, while senior Tyler Pollock, junior Blake Leyden, sophomore Max Odgaard and freshman Ignacio Baeza each added a single tally.  The six goals matched Butler's output in the previous four matches combined.        

BULLDOG BITS:  Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson is tied for fourth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference in saves with 54.  He leads the league in saves for conference matches only (22).  The Butler goalkeeper is tied for seventh in the conference in shutouts (3), and he ranks ninth in goals against average (1.26)...Junior Austin Oldham recorded Butler's first multiple-goal performance of the season and the second of his career with his two goals against Richmond...Sophomore Max Odgaard scored his first goal in a Butler uniform in the Bulldogs' victory over Richmond.  Odgaard transferred to Butler from Dayton...Freshman Ignacio Baeza tallied his first collegiate goal in Butler's win over Richmond.  It was just his third collegiate shot...Butler's six goals against Richmond were a season-high for the Atlantic 10 Conference.  The six goals tied the sixth-highest single game total in Butler men's soccer history.  The last time Butler scored more than six goals in a match was in a 7-0 victory over IPFW in 2001.