Bulldogs Enjoy Championship Season

2010 Women's Soccer Stat Pack

2010 Butler Women's Soccer

They were picked fifth in the preseason poll. They were ravaged with injuries. With a freshman-packed lineup and just three seniors on the squad, the 2010 Butler women's soccer team came together as a team and claimed the Horizon League regular season title and No. 1 seed in the league tourney.

TEAM HONOR ROLL
9-11-0 overall (6-2-0 HL)
Regular season co-champion (won tie-breaker with Milwaukee)
No. 1 seed and host for 2010 Horizon League Women's Soccer Championship 

INDIVIDUAL HONOR ROLL

Olivia Colosimo
Horizon League All-Newcomer Team
Team Canada U-20 Training Camp 

Katie Griswold
First Team All-Horizon League
Horizon League Player of the Week (Sept. 6, Oct. 18)
Horizon League Championship
All-Tournament Team  

Jackie Hafele
First Team All-Horizon League
Horizon League Newcomer of the Year
Horizon League All-Newcomer Team

Nikki Hafele
Horizon League All-Newcomer Team
Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team 

Sarah Phelps
Second Team All-Horizon League
Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team

Olivia Walter
Horizon League Player of the Week (Oct. 11) 

Head Coach Tari St. John
Horizon League Coach of the Year 

The 2010 season was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Butler women's soccer team. The Bulldogs were young, starting as many as eight freshmen, and the other top scorers were just sophomores. The team's goalkeeper, though an upperclassman, was a new starter. Furthermore, the team lost one of its top midfielders, Natalie Galovska, for the season due to a leg injury.

So much for rebuilding.

The Bulldogs went on a furious run in conference playing, going 6-2-0 and capturing the regular season title. The conference title run featured a 3-0 record in road league matches. The biggest victory of the three was a 1-0 win at Milwaukee on Oct. 10. It was the first time BU had beaten the Panthers since 1999. The win ended up being in the difference in the league race, as the Bulldogs took the tie-breaker and hosted the league tournament.

Playing as the No. 1 seed, BU received a bye to the semifinals and a date with No. 6 Detroit. Butler had previously defeated the Titans, 3-0, in Detroit on Oct. 17. This time wouldn't be as easy, however, as Detroit took a 1-0 lead early. The Dawgs answered on Claire Milam's goal just before halftime for a 1-1 tie. Jackie Hafele would score the game-winner in the 83rd minute and the Bulldogs advanced to the championship match. The magic would run out there, as Butler fell to Milwaukee in the final on Nov. 7.

Other season highlights included an offensive outburst in the team's 5-2 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 3. Katie Griswold scored three goals to lead the team to its first win of the season. Home wins over Saint Louis, Wright State and Cleveland State were also season-changing moments for the Bulldogs. The team also took an exciting trip to Oregon State for a tournament in September. Although the team lost twice against elite Pac-10 competition, it was a key stretch that helped the team realize its potential.

Butler and head coach Tari St. John are set to return nine starters and 15 letterwinners in 2011. Ten of the team's top 11 scorers will return, accounting for 88 percent of the team's points and 91 percent of the team's goals.