Jeff Adkins Earns Atlantic 10 Honor

Freshman Jeff Adkins (photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Freshman Jeff Adkins, who helped lead Butler to an unbeaten (1-0-1) weekend in league play, has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week for the week of Oct. 15-22.  The league office announced its weekly awards on Monday, Sept. 22.

Adkins played a key role in Butler's two matches in Philadelphia, Pa., over the weekend of Oct. 19-21.  He drilled a shot to the back of the net from 22 yards out with 1:19 left in the match to lift Butler to a 2-1 victory over Saint Joseph's.  He also had an assist on Butler's first goal of the contest.

Two nights earlier, Adkins had one of three Butler goals in the final 16 minutes that erased a 3-0 deficit against league-leading Temple.  He scored the second of the three goals with less than 10 minutes remaining, and Butler went on to post a 3-3 tie in double overtime.

Adkins had a team-high five shots, including three shots on goal, against Temple, and he had four shots, including three on target, against Saint Joseph's.  He currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring on the season with 12 points.  

Giuseppe Gentile was named Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week after leading No. 25 Charlotte to a pair of victories.  He had three goals and two assists in Charlotte's wins over Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Butler will wrap up the home portion of its 2012 schedule with a pair of weekend matches against George Washington and Charlotte.  The Bulldogs will host George Washington in the Butler Bowl on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., and then face Charlotte on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.