October 30, 2013

Butler Heads East to Face Providence on Saturday

SEASON COMING TO A CLOSE: The Butler men's soccer team enters the last two weeks of the season on a three game losing streak, their longest losing streak of the season. The Bulldogs suffered their first two home losses of the year against Creighton and St. John's last week. Saturday's match against Providence will be Butler's last road match of the regular season. They return home for the final match of the regular season against Xavier  on November 8.

Butler is 3-4-1 on the road this season. The Bulldogs are 6-2-0 at home.

ST. JOHN'S A TOUGH OPPONENT: The Red Storm scored in the first minute and was able to hold off a formidable Butler attack for the remaining 89 minutes. Sophomores Jeff Adkins and Vincent Mitchell and senior Jordan Burt each took two shots in the contest, both of Mitchell's were on goal. Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson saved six shot attempts in 90 minutes of action.

MITCHELL, GOLDSMITH SCORE FOR BUTLER: Mitchell and freshman David Goldsmith each contributed a goal to the Butler effort last Wednesday night against Creighton. Mitchell's goal came in the 13th minute and broke a scoreless tie, his third goal of the season. Goldsmith's tenth goal of the season pulled Butler within one in the 89th minute after Creighton scored three second half goals, but the rally would fall short.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Butler ranks second in the conference in total points, goals and goals per game. Georgetown leads the conference in all those categories. The Bulldogs are tied for third in the conference with 25 assists on the season. Defensively, Butler ranks third in the conference in saves with 79 on the season. The team is also tied for fifth with five shutouts on the year. Finally, Butler has the third highest attendance average in the conference. The Bulldogs see about 909 fans per game this season, trailing only Creighton and St. John's.

ADKINS, STEINBERGER, GOLDSMITH PACE BUTLER OFFENSE: Goldsmith, Adkins and junior Zach Steinberger each rank near the top of the conference in several important offensive categories. Adkins is second among BIG EAST players with 48 shots on the season. He averages three shots per game, also good for second. Goldsmith is third in the conference in total points with 22 on the season. He is tied for the BIG EAST lead with ten goals and 0.62 goals per game. The Bristol, England native also is tied for ninth in the conference with 39 shots on the season. Steinberger is tied for seventh in the conference with six goals on the season. He averages 0.40 goals per game, also good for seventh.

ASSISTANCE, PLEASE: Adkins is tied for first in the conference with eight assists on the season. He averages 0.5 assists per contest, which also ties him for first in the BIG EAST. Sophomore Vincent Mitchell is tied for ninth in the conference with with four assists.

BULLDOG BITS: The team will celebrate their senior day festivities on November 8 against Xavier.

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)