Bulldogs Face "Must Win" Match Against Xavier
SEASON COMING TO A CLOSE: With one final home game against Xavier on Friday, the Butler men's soccer team controls its own destiny in the last week of the regular season. Beat Xavier, and the Bulldogs earn a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament field. Lose, and their season is over. Butler seniors Jon Dawson, Austin Oldham, Blake Leyden, Jordan Burt and Adam Glanzer will be recognized prior to the start of the match at 6:45 p.m.
Butler is 3-5-1 on the road this season. The Bulldogs are 6-2-0 at home.
FOURTH LOSS IN A ROW: Saturday's 2-3 loss at Providence was Butler's fourth loss in a row and seventh of the season. The four game losing streak is the longest streak of any kind this season for the Bulldogs. Burt assisted on both Butler goals in the contest and Dawson saved nine shots in 90 minutes of action.
MITCHELL, GOLDSMITH SCORE FOR BUTLER: Sophomore Vincent Mitchell and freshman David Goldsmith both showed their offensive skills again on Saturday. Mitchell scored his fourth goal of the season in the 15th minute to break a scoreless tie. Goldsmith found the back of the net after three straight second half goals from the Friars. His 11th goal of the season came in the 86th minute and pulled the Bulldogs within one score. The rally would ultimately fall short.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP CELEBRATED: Butler's five seniors have been valuable contributors to the team throughout their time with the program. Between them, they have played in 283 games, scored 32 goals and have been responsible for 30 assists. The class has won 37 games, including a 2010 campaign in which they won 16 matches. Dawson, who has been in goal for the Bulldogs in all but one game this season, has 198 career saves. These five Bulldogs will be recognized on the field prior to Friday night's match.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT DETAILS: Butler currently sits tied for sixth place in the BIG EAST standings. The conference tournament features a field of the top six teams, meaning Butler currently is tied for the final spot. Villanova and Seton Hall, both tied with Butler, hold the same conference record as the Bulldogs. However, Butler beat both squads earlier this season, meaning the Bulldogs hold the tie-breaker over both schools. Should Butler beat Xavier Friday night, they would lock up that final tournament spot. Should they lose, they will fall out of that sixth spot and their season would be over.
STATISCALLY SPEAKING: The Bulldogs rank second in the BIG EAST in total points, goals and goals per game. Butler also is tied for third with 27 assists on the season. Defensively, Butler is second in the conference in saves with 88 on the season. Butler averages 893 fans per contest, good for third in the conference behind only St. John's and Creighton.
BULLDOG BITS: Sophomore Jeff Adkins ranks second in the conference with 50 shots. Adkins is also tied for the conference lead with eight assists on the season. Goldsmith leads the BIG EAST with 11 goals. He is also second in the conference in total points and third in points per game.
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