October 15, 2008

League-Leading Bulldogs Visit Wright State

Oct. 15, 2008

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ROAD TEST: Butler, sitting atop the Horizon League standings and owning a national ranking for the first time this season, will make its first trip away from Indianapolis this month when it visits Wright State for a league test on Saturday, Oct. 18. The two league foes will square off at Alumni Field on the Wright State campus at 7 p.m. (ET). Butler (9-2-2, 3-0-1 Horizon League) took over first place in the league race with a 1-0 upset of #4 and previously unbeaten UIC on Saturday (Oct. 11). The win snapped UIC's 12-match unbeaten streak and gave Butler its first victory over a ranked team in two years. The victory also boosted Butler to #30 in the most recent College Soccer News poll. The Bulldogs followed the win over UIC with a 4-0 decision over IUPUI in a non-league match on Tuesday (Oct. 14). Wright State (7-5-3, 2-1-1 HL) defeated Detroit, 2-0, in its last outing.

The Bulldogs are unbeaten in their last five matches away from Indianapolis.

SWEEPS WEEK: The Bulldogs wrapped up a four-match homestand with the back-to-back victories over UIC and IUPUI. Sophomore forward Kyle Pateros scored in the 65th minute to lift Butler past UIC in a showdown for first place in the Horizon League, and then, three days later, four different Butler players scored to lead the Bulldogs past IUPUI. The two wins gave Butler nine victories on the season, matching the team's most wins since 2004. The Bulldogs won three of the four matches on the homestand, with the lone setback coming to #23 Indiana in a contest played at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis.

LEAGUE HONOR: Sophomore forward Kyle Pateros was named Horizon League Men's Soccer Player of the Week, after scoring the game-winning goal in Butler's upset of UIC. The second-year player broke a scoreless deadlock with a shot from 18 yards out on the right side, after taking a pass from senior Eduardo Garcia. The goal, the sixth of the season for Pateros, gave Butler its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2006, when the Bulldogs defeated then #17-ranked UIC, 1-0. The league Player of the Week recognition was the first for Pateros.

BLANK CHECK: Butler's back-to-back blanking of UIC and IUPUI gave the Bulldogs eight shutouts on the season, matching the fifth-highest single season total in school history. Head coach Kelly Findley's squad needs just one more shutout to tie Butler's single season record, set in 1990, 1995, 1997 and 1998. The Bulldogs have allowed just 11 goals in 13 matches this season and just one goal in four matches at the Butler Bowl. Butler stands third in the Horizon League in goals against average (0.81).

Butler leads the Horizon League in shutouts, one ahead of UIC and Loyola.

BULLDOG BITS: Butler has a 14-3-2 record in its last 19 matches, dating back to last season...Senior Frank Patano continues to lead the Horizon League in scoring with 20 points. He's first in the league in goals scored (9) and first in game-winning goals (5). The Butler forward stands third in the league in shots with 46...Goalkeeper Nick Hegeman has moved into a tie for fourth place on Butler's single season list for shutouts with six, one shy of second place. He stands seventh on Butler's all-time list for shutouts with seven. The Butler junior is tied for the Horizon League lead in shutouts, and he ranks third in the league in goals against average (0.76)...Senior Eduardo Garcia has moved into a tie for third place on Butler's single season assist chart with nine, and he's tied for seventh on Butler's all-time assist chart with 16. He continues to lead the Horizon League in assists...Senior Joe Wienman scored his first collegiate goal on a penalty kick in the second half against IUPUI...Freshman Ben Kissick notched his first collegiate goal in Butler's win over IUPUI...The Bulldogs have tied the 11th-highest single season assist total (28) in school history.