August 12, 2013

Butler Players Earn Top Summer Soccer Honors

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler juniors Brandon Fricke  and Zach Steinberger have been honored for their performance this summer in the PDL, the top developmental men's soccer league in North America.  Fricke was on of just 11 players named to the 2013 PDL All-League Team, chosen from the league's 64 teams and more than 1,200 players, and he was joined by Steinberger on the 2013 PDL Central Conference All-Conference Team.

Fricke was a team captain for the Des Moines Menace for a second straight year. He logged nearly 1200 minutes for the Menace this summer, and he was named the team's 2013 Defender of the Year.  He's just the third Menace player in franchise history to be named to the PDL All-League Team.

Steinberger, who helped lead the Michigan Bucks to the PDL playoffs, was the leading scorer for his team with 10 goals and two assists.  He was named recipient of the team's 2013 Paul R. Scicluna Memorial Trophy, the highest honor presented by the Michigan Bucks.  The award, chosen by team coaches and players, is given to the player who most exemplifies the Bucks organization both on and off the field.

Butler head coach Paul Snape had a ten-year career in the PDL with the Michigan Bucks and finished as one of the top five scorers in league history.  Snape, who also was a Scicluna Award winner, was inducted into the Bucks Hall of Fame in 2003.

Fricke and Steinberger are two of the top returning performers for the Bulldogs, who begin their third season under Snape.  Fricke was an Academic All-League pick in the Atlantic 10 Conference last year, while Steinberger was a second team All-Atlantic 10 player.  Butler will begin its first season in the BIG EAST this fall.