No. 23 Butler Prepares for BIG EAST Opener vs. Villanova

No. 23 Butler Prepares for BIG EAST Opener vs. Villanova
The largest crowd in renovated Butler Bowl history.

BIG WEEK AT THE BOWL: Butler improved to 2-0 on this homestand and remain undefeated at home on the season after Wednesday night's astounding 3-2 double-overtime comeback victory over defending national champ Indiana. The last game of the homestand comes on Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Villanova Wildcats come calling. The match will be Butler's first in BIG EAST play.

The Bulldogs will play four of their next six matches on the road.      

GOLDSMITH, BURT LIFT BULLDOGS OVER INDIANA: Freshman David Goldsmith scored two goals against the Hoosiers to run his total on the season up to seven. His first against the Hoosiers came in the 88th minute. That goal tied the game at two. Goldsmith scored his second goal of the night in the 103rd minute to give the Bulldogs the victory. Senior Jordan Burt ignited the Butler rally in the 86th minute with his first goal of the season. Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson picked up his fifth win of the season while only allowing two goals to the defending national champions.

BIG EAST OPENER: Villanova comes to town on Saturday at 7 p.m. for Butler's first match of BIG EAST play. The Wildcats were ousted in last year's Big East Tournament by UCONN in the quarterfinal round and were not one of the 48 teams named to the NCAA College Cup field. 

GOLDSMITH'S RIGHT FOOT: Goldsmith's two goals against Indiana gave him a total of seven on the season, all of which have been scored in the last three Butler home games.The Bristol, England native continues to be an offensive bright spot for the Bulldogs. 

FRICKE HONORED: After his performance against Brown, Fricke was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this week for the first time. Fricke is the third Butler player to be named to the Weekly Honor Roll.

PACKED BUTLER BOWL: A crowd of more than 5,000 saw Butler's victory over Indiana Wednesday night. That is the largest crowd in the history of the renovated Butler Bowl. The Bowl was renovated in 2005. Butler assistants Adam Bruh, Jason Perry and Mike Sanich all promoted the game througout the Indianapolis community leading up to kickoff and saw their efforts pay off. 

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