Nov. 8, 2007
TOURNAMENT TIME: Butler will begin play in the 2007 Horizon League Men's Soccer Championship at home on Friday, Nov. 9. The Bulldogs (8-6-4, 4-2-2 Horizon League), seeded fifth in the tournament, will host #8 seed Detroit at the Butler Bowl at 1 p.m. (ET). The match will be the first contest in the tournament, with two other first-round matches slated for later on Friday. Wright State, seeded sixth, will host #7 Valparaiso at 7 p.m., while #4 Green Bay will host #9 Cleveland State at 8 p.m. The tournament's top three seeds, #1 Loyola, #2 Milwaukee and #3 UIC, each received a first-round bye. The winner of the Butler-Detroit match will face the winner of the Green Bay-Cleveland State match on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the site of the higher remaining seed. Tournament semifinals will begin on Friday, Nov. 16, at Loyola Soccer Park in Chicago, Ill.
Butler advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship last year.
FINISHING TOUCH: Butler ended the regular season as the hottest team in the Horizon League. The Bulldogs won four consecutive matches in the final two weeks of the season, including three Horizon League contests, and enter the Horizon League Tournament with the league's longest current win streak. Butler's final regular season win came at home on Nov. 1, against Wright State, 3-1. The Bulldogs have out-scored their opponents, 13-5, over the four-game winning streak, including a 5-1 victory at home over Detroit on Oct. 21.
Butler's current four-match winning streak in the team's longest since 2005.
LEAGUE HONOR: Junior Frank Patano recorded his first career "hat trick" to lead Butler past Wright State, and that effort earned him Horizon League Men's Soccer Player of the Week honors. Patano scored all three Butler goals in the Bulldogs' 3-1 victory over the visiting Raiders. He gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute and then added an insurance goal nine minutes later. The Butler forward scored his third goal with 51 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Bulldogs a commanding 3-0 advantage. Only one other player in the Horizon League (Michael Ferguson of Loyola - twice) has scored three goals in a match this season. The Player of the Week award was Patano's second in 2007.
Frank Patano stands third in the Horizon League in game-winning goals (3).
ALL-LEAGUE: Four Bulldogs were among the players honored when the 2007 All-Horizon League Team was released by the League office. Juniors Frank Patano and Eduardo Garcia and sophomore Boris Gatzky each were named to the All-League Second Team, while Gatzky and freshman Kyle Pateros each picked up All-Newcomer recognition. A year ago, Butler had just one player named to the All-League Team.
BULLDOG BITS: Junior Frank Patano has scored eight goals during Butler's current four-match winning streak. He's had multiple-goal efforts in each of Butler's last three outings, and he's had four multiple-goal performances this season. Patano ranks second in the Horizon League in goals (14), goals per game (0.82), points (29) and points per game (1.71)...Frank Patano ranks sixth in the NCAA Division I in goals per game and 10th in points per game...Sophomore Boris Gatzky ranks second in the league in assists (6) and assists per game (0.33). He's third in the league in shots (51) and shots per game (2.83), and he's tied for third in the league in points (16). The Butler midfielder is tied for fourth in the circuit in goals (5)...Butler goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler ranks sixth in the Horizon League in saves (62) and goals against average (1.39). Knopfler had four saves in Butler's victory over Wright State...Butler's four Horizon League wins this season are the most for the Bulldogs since 2004...The Bulldogs rank 27th in the NCAA Division I in team scoring offense (1.83).