Bulldogs Prepare for BIG EAST Tournament

Bulldogs Prepare for BIG EAST Tournament
Jon Dawson

TOURNAMENT BOUND: The Butler men's soccer team broke a four-match losing streak on Friday when they knocked off visiting Xavier 2-1. The win launched Butler into the BIG EAST Tournament's final spot and ensured the team's seniors were sent out on a good note. Butler plays at Xavier on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.

Butler finished the 2013 regular season with a 3-5-1 record on the road. The Bulldogs were 7-2-0 at home.

MITCHELL, FRICKE SCORE FOR BUTLER: After a Xavier goal broke a scoreless tie in the 34th minute, sophomore Vincent Mitchell scored his fifth goal of the season in the 49th minute. The shot came from five yards away on the left side. Mitchell was able to convert on a left side cross from sophomore Jeff Adkins. Junior Zach Steinberger was also awarded an assist on the play. Butler's game winning goal came in the 65th minute when junior Brandon Fricke scored his third goal of the season. Adkins lined up a free kick on the right side from about 30 yards away and Fricke caught it about five yards away from the goal and scored.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP CELEBRATED: Butler was able to send seniors Jon Dawson, Austin Oldham, Jordan Burt, Adam Glanzer and Blake Leyden out with a win Friday night. During their time with the program the five have navigated two conference changes, played in 283 games and scored 32 goals. The group has amassed a 37-24-12 record during the past four years, highlighted by a 2010 campaign in which they won 16 games and were ranked as high as No. 5 nationally. 

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT DETAILS: Butler nows sits in sole possession of sixth place in the conference after wrapping up the final tournament spot. Another match-up with Xavier looms on Tuesday. Should Butler win that match, it would play No. 2 seed Marquette on Friday at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, home to Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union. The tournament championship game will be played at 12:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 17, also at PPL Park. 

STATISTICALLY 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. Additionally, the Bulldogs average 1.59 assists per game, good for fourth in the conference. 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. Goldsmith is also tied for 11th nationally in goals and is tied for 16th in goals per game. Steinberger is tied for eighth in the conference with 15 points on the season. The junior is also tied for eighth in the conference in goals with six scored. 

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)