INDIANAPOLIS - Road matches at Purdue and Michigan, a home date against Louisville and the new Atlantic 10 schedule highlight the 2012 Butler women's soccer schedule. The Bulldogs will play 10 home matches, all at the Butler Bowl.
Butler will open its 22nd season of varsity soccer with three home matches, starting Friday, Aug. 17 against Louisville. Last year, Butler and U of L battled into the 101st minute before Louisville escaped in double overtime with the win. IPFW and Indiana State also visit the Butler Bowl before BU takes trips to Eastern Michigan and Purdue at the end of August. Butler's match at Michigan is set for Friday, Sept. 7.
Head coach Tari St. John said bringing Louisville in for the home opener will be a good challenge for her team.
"We are looking forward to the rematch with Louisville, who finished 24th in the country in 2011. They are a very athletic and well coached team, but we seem to match up well on the soccer pitch.
"Playing at the University of Michigan, which has one of the best soccer stadiums in all of college soccer, will be a great experience for our team," St. John said. "Not to mention Coach Ryan has steadily improved his squad over the past three seasons."
St. John and the Dawgs open Atlantic 10 play Saturday, Sept. 29 when they host Saint Louis. Dayton and Xavier, two teams Butler has played in recent years, will play at BU in early October. St. Joseph's and Temple are also home conference matches for the Bulldogs.
"It's an exciting year for women's soccer as we will embark on a new quest of becoming a championship contender in the Atlantic 10," St. John said. "We will play three of the six 2011 A-10 tournament participants including 8-time conference tournament champion, Dayton. It will be challenging but we have an experienced group of returners as well as incoming impact players that are up for the task."
The 2012 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship begins Thursday, Nov. 1 at Rhode Island. The top eight teams in the regular season standings qualify for the conference tournament.