No. 18 Bulldogs Face No. 11 Georgetown

No. 18 Bulldogs Face No. 11 Georgetown
Jeff Adkins (Photo by Brent Smith)

ALMOST HOME: The No. 18 Butler men's soccer team has only one game left on the longest road trip of the season. After dropping a match in double overtime at BIG EAST leader Marquette and winning at Seton Hall last week, the Bulldogs remain nationally ranked and in the top half of the BIG EAST standings. Saturday's match against No. 11 Georgetown looms large for a Butler team that has exceeded expectations this season.

Butler is 3-3-1 on the road thus far this season. They are 6-0-0 at home.

STEINBERGER, MITCHELL SCORE TWICE LAST WEEK: Junior Zach Steinberger and sophomore Vincent Mitchell each scored two goals last week. Steinberger's strike against Marquette broke a scoreless tie in the 49th minute. Mitchell's first goal of the season came in the 85th minute to tie the game at 2-2 and send it to overtime, where the Bulldogs would eventually fall 3-2 in the second overtime. Steinberger's second goal of the week and sixth of the season came in the 75th minute against Seton Hall from 25 yards out off a free kick. Mitchell's offensive production continued against the Pirates in the 39th minute when he deflected a cross in front of the net.

MITCHELL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: For his performances against Marquette and Seton Hall in which he scored his first two goals of the season, Mitchell was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season. The native of Reckford Clarendon, Jamaica also is eighth in the conference with four assists on the season and .36 assists per game. 

DAWSON CONTINUES TO BE STRONG: Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson has continued his strong final season for the Bulldogs. The senior has taken on more a of leadership role this season as well as serving as the team's primary goalkeeper. Dawson has started all but one of Butler's game this season and holds a record of 8-3-1 on the season. Junior Andy Holte made the only other start in the goal for the Bulldogs. Dawson has the fourth best save percentage in the BIG EAST and 55 total saves on the season.

SCHEDULE GETS NO EASIER: Butler's first home match coming off the road trip will be against Creighton, who is ranked 12th in this week's NSCAA Coaches Poll. With Saturday's game against Georgetown, Butler will play back-to-back games against teams from last season's College Cup Final Four. 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 leads the BIG EAST in total points with 72. The Bulldogs also lead the conference in total goals and goals per game with 25 and 1.92, respectively. Butler is second in the conference in total assists with 22 in 13 games. Sophomore Jeff Adkins leads the conference with seven assists on the season. Freshman David Goldsmith leads the BIG EAST with nine goals on the season and 20 total points. 

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