Butler On a Three Match Winning-Streak

Butler On a Three Match Winning-Streak
Goalkeeper Jon Dawson

UNDEFEATED WEEK: Coming off a three game homestand in which the Butler men's soccer team won all three matches, including a come from behind victory over defending national champion Indiana and a victory over Villanova in their BIG EAST opener, the Bulldogs look ahead to two games this week. They head down south to face the Evansville Purple Aces on Tuesday, then return home to face DePaul on Saturday. Butler currently holds the best record in the BIG EAST with only one loss.

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

STEINBERGER'S BIG WEEK ATTRACTS ATTENTION: In recognition of his performances against Villanova and Indiana earlier in the week, junior Zach Steinberger was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week. His two goals against Villanova were Butler's only two of the game. His first goal came in the 20th minute from the left side of the goal. Steinberger's second goal came in the 72nd minute with the game tied at 1-1. The two scores increased Steinberger's season total to four. He is the first Butler player to be honored with the award.

GOLDSMITH HONORED AGAIN: Freshman David Goldsmith was named  BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after his performances against Indiana and Villanova. Goldsmith is tied for seventh in the nation with seven goals in 9 games and he is tied for 11th in total points with 16. Additionally, Goldsmith leads the league in goals, goals per game, points and points per game. The Bristol, England native has four goals and an assist in his last three games. His two goals late in the game against Indiana enabled the Bulldogs to knock off the defending national champion. Goldsmith is also tied for first in the conference in game winning goals with three. He continues to be an offensive bright spot for Butler.

DAWSON STRONG IN GOAL: Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson picked up wins in both of Butler's victories last week. His record on the season now stands at 6-1-1 with a total of 33 saves. Dawson sits third in the BIG EAST in saves and fifth in save percentage. He tallied six saves against both Indiana and Villanova last week.

BULLDOG BITS: As a team, the Bulldogs currently have the 11th best won loss percentage in the nation at .833. Butler holds the longest current winning streak in the BIG EAST at three games. Butler also leads the league in points, goals and goals per game. Sophomore Jeff Adkins is second in the conference in shots with 32. Adkins is also tied for first in the conference with five assists. Sophomore Vincent Mitchell is tied for fourth in assists with four and Steinberger sits tied for seventh with three assists. Steinberger and freshman A.R. Smith are tied for third in the conference in game winning goals with two each.

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)