No. 21 Butler Hits the Road in BIG EAST Play

David Goldsmith

ROAD SHOW: After playing four of their previous five games at home, the No. 21 Butler men's soccer team takes to the road for their next three matches in BIG EAST play. The team split a pair of games last week, losing to Evansville 1-3 and beating DePaul 2-0 after a  lightning delay. With games against Marquette, Seton Hall and No. 9 Georgetown upcoming, the Bulldogs have a tough stretch before they finally return home again on October 23. 

Butler is 2-2-1 on the road thus far this season. They are 6-0-0 at home.

FIRST UP, MARQUETTE: The Golden Eagles boast a record of 6-3-1 on the season and sit in the top half of the BIG EAST standings. Marquette has won six of their last eight games and have a 2-0-0 record in the BIG EAST, tying them with Butler.

WIN OVER DePAUL: Butler finished off the homestand with a 2-0 victory over DePaul. The victory was Butler's second in two matches in the BIG EAST. Freshman David Goldsmith continued his offensive clinic against the Blue Demons. He scored both of Butler's goals in the contest. HIs first came in the 12th minute off a long entry pass from senior Austin Oldham. The second was in the 21st minute off an assist from senior Jordan Burt. The game was played under poor weather conditions and was delayed more than a half hour because of lightning in the area. Once play finally started, a steady rain fell throughout the contest. 

GOLDSMITH NAMED ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: For his performance against DePaul, Goldsmith was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season. His nine goals lead the BIG EAST, three more than Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Steve Neumann of Georgetown. Goldsmith also leads the conference in total points and game winning goals.

DAWSON NAMED TO WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season. He saved five shots in Butler's shut-out victory over DePaul, Dawson's third shut-out of the season.

ADKINS MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF: Sophomore Jeff Adkins leads the BIG EAST in assists and shots. His six assists in 11 games are good for a .55 assist average on the season. He averages just more than three shots per game.

SCHEDULE GETS NO EASIER: Butler's first home match coming off the road trip will be against BIG EAST leader Creighton, who is ranked seventh in this week's NSCAA Coach's Poll. The last game of Butler's road trip comes against Georgetown, meaning the Bulldogs will play two teams from last season's College Cup Final Four in back-to-back games. By the end of the season, Butler will have played three teams from last season's College Cup Final Four, as well as six additional teams from the 2012 College Cup field.

BULLDOG BITS: As a team, Butler is second in the conference in total points and goals on the season, trailing only Georgetown. The Bulldogs are also tied for second in the conference with 19 total assists. 

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)