November 22, 2013

Butler Wraps Up First Season in the BIG EAST

SEASON ENDS: The 2013 Butler men's soccer season came to an end last Friday night (Nov. 15) in Philadelphia with a 0-1 overtime loss to Marquette in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament. Prior to that loss, Butler had won back-to-back matches against Xavier. The first win earned Butler the final tournament spot and the second win advanced the Bulldogs to the second round. The Bulldogs finish the year with a record of 11-8-1 and 4-5 in BIG EAST play.

Seven Bulldogs were honored by the BIG EAST for weekly performances this season.

HIGHLIGHTS: Butler's first season in the BIG EAST was one in which the Bulldogs exceeded expectations. The team, picked eighth in the conference preseason poll, went on three-match winning streaks two different times and faced three opponents from last season's College Cup Final Four, including national champion Indiana. The win over the Hoosiers on September 25 in double overtime was perhaps one of the best moments of the season. In front of a record crowd of more than 5,000, the Bulldogs rallied to tie Indiana in the final minute of regulation and then took the victory in the second overtime period.

GOLDSMITH'S SUCCESSFUL DEBUT: Freshman David Goldsmith led the team in goals, points and game-winning goals. The Bristol, England native scored 12 goals on the year, tying him for tenth nationally. He was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week three times and won the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Award at the conclusion of the regular season. He scored his first career hat trick on September 9 against Houston Baptist and scored the game-tying and game-winning goals against Indiana. His goal in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament launched Butler to a 1-0 victory over Xavier and a spot in the semifinal round, where they would fall to eventual champion Marquette. At the conclusion of the tournament, Goldsmith was named to the All-Tournament Team.

STEINBERGER AN ANCHOR: Junior Zach Steinberger started 19 games for the Bulldogs and scored six goals, second best on the team. Steinberger was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week once and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll once as well. He scored both Butler goals in a 2-1 victory over Villanova on September 28, Butler's first BIG EAST victory. He was named First Team All-Conference for his contributions this season and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

DAWSON'S STRONG SEASON: Senior goalkeeper Jon Dawson wrapped up his career at Butler with a strong season in goal. He started 19 games and saved 93 shots while allowing only 28 goals. His record on the season finished at 10-8-1 with five shut-outs. He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll once this season. As a team, the Bulldogs were second in the conference in saves this season.

BULLDOG BITS: Sophomores Jeff Adkins and Vincent Mitchell both turned in strong seasons for the Bulldogs. Adkins' 59 shots ranked him near the top of the conference and his 10 assists led the conference. Mitchell scored five goals and finished with 14 total points on the season. Adkins started 20 games while Mitchell started 17. Butler's average attendence number per match was third highest in the conference this season.

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)