No. 16 Butler Hosts DePaul on Saturday
MOVING UP IN THE POLLS: The Butler men's soccer team moved up to No. 16 in this week's NSCAA Poll after an undefeated three-game homestand. With wins over Brown, defending national champion Indiana and Villanova in the Bulldogs' first BIG EAST match, Butler matched the longest winning streak in the BIG EAST this season. That winning streak came to an end Tuesday night at Evansville where the Bulldogs suffered a 3-1 defeat. Northwestern, who beat Butler earlier this season, is ranked No. 5 in this week's NSCAA Poll and Evansville received four votes in the same poll. Butler looks ahead to a Saturday night match-up with DePaul at the Butler Bowl. The match will start at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs will play three of their next four matches on the road.
EVANSVILLE A TOUGH OPPONENT: Tuesday night's loss to Evansville was only Butler's second of the season. Both losses have come on the road. Junior Brandon Fricke scored Butler's only goal of the evening in the 27th minute. He headed the ball in off a corner kick opportunity from sophomore Jeff Adkins. The Purple Aces improved to 6-2-1 on the season after the victory.
STEINBERGER'S BIG WEEK ATTRACTS ATTENTION: In recognition of his performances against Villanova and Indiana earlier in the week, sophomore 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. Steinberger was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com Team of the Week for his performances this past week.
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 nine 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 four 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. Goldsmith was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week this week.
DAWSON STRONG IN GOAL: Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson picked up wins in both of Butler's victories last week. He has a total of 33 saves on the season. 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. His record on the season stands at 6-2-1.
BULLDOG BITS: As a team, Butler leads the league in points, goals and goals per game. Adkins is second in the conference in shots with 32. Adkins is also tied for first in the conference with six assists.
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