April 29, 2008
Junior Frank Patano, who led the Horizon League in scoring last fall, has been named the Most Valuable Player for the 2007 Butler men's soccer team. The high-scoring forward was one of several Butler players honored at the team's spring awards banquet.
Patano led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 goals and three assists. He became just the fourth Butler player to score 15 goals in a season, and his 33 points ranked as the sixth-highest total ever by a Butler player. He tied for fourth in the NCAA Division I in goals per game (0.79) and finished seventh in the nation in points per game (1.74).
Also recognized at the team banquet were sophomores Boris Gatzky and Austin Evans and freshman Kyle Pateros. Gatzky received the Butler Soccer Excellence Award, given to a player who demonstrates excellence on and off the field in his approach to training, teammates, matches and academics. Evans was presented the Servant Leadership Award, given to a player who serves the team on and off the field and puts his teammates above himself. Pateros earned the Competition Point Award, based on total accumulation of points earned in daily team competitions.
The Bulldogs completed the 2007 season with their first winning record in three years and their highest Horizon League finish since 2004. Butler posted a 9-7-4 overall record and tied for fourth in the final league standings. Head coach Kelly Findley had one of the youngest teams in the region, with nine freshmen seeing action in 13 or more matches.