October 17, 2012

Butler Looks To Extend Home Unbeaten Streak

2012 Butler Women's Soccer

Butler (8-4-3, 2-1-2) vs.

Temple (5-9-2, 2-3-0)

Butler vs.

Saint Joseph's (8-5-2, 3-1-1)

Friday, Oct. 19 - 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 21 - 1 p.m. ET
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler Bowl Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler Bowl
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The Butler women's soccer team will look to extend its eight-match home unbeaten streak this weekend when it hosts conference foes Temple and Saint Joseph's. The Bulldogs have not lost at the Butler Bowl since Aug. 17.

In their first conference road trip of the year, the Bulldogs (8-4-3, 2-1-2) tied and lost to Richmond and VCU last weekend, respectively.

Butler tied Richmond 2-2 last  Friday thanks to a clutch goal in the 90th minute by junior midfielder Jackie Hafele. The goal was Hafele's first of the season.

Two days later, the Bulldogs were narrowly outlasted by VCU 1-0 with the Rams picking up the lone goal in the 80th minute. The loss snapped Butler's seven-match unbeaten streak.

Freshman standout Sophia Maccagnone and the Butler offense will be put to the test Friday against Temple. Maccagnone is tied for fourth in the conference with a team-best eight goals.

The Owls (5-9-2, 2-3-0) rank third in the A-10 in goals against average (0.90) and shutouts (6). 

Temple uses a platoon at goal, with senior Tara Murphy (nine starts) and freshman Shauni Kerkhoff (seven starts) splitting time. Both goalkeepers rank in the league's Top 5 in save percentage and saves per game.

Murphy and Kerkhoff have helped Temple to a No. 8 national ranking in save percentage (0.885). Kerkhoff leads the A-10 with a 0.51 goals against average.

Friday's match is this season's "Real Dawgs Wear Pink" match in support of breast cancer awareness.

Butler's task won't get any easier Sunday when it faces 5th-place Saint Joseph's. The Hawks (8-5-2, 3-1-1) have lost just once in their past six matches. Saint Joseph's is led by reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week Mo Hawkins, who leads the team with six goals.

Hawkins had a hand in three of the Hawks' four goals last weekend, scoring twice and dishing out an assist in Saint Joseph's wins over Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

 BY THE NUMBERS:
Butler
Saint Joseph's Temple
Shots per game (A-10 ranking) 15.53 (4th) 11.93 (10th) 11.06 (13th)
Goals per game 1.20 (7th) 1.40 (6th) 0.56 (16th)
Goals against average 0.82 (2nd) 1.21 (7th) 0.90 (3rd)
Shutouts (2nd) (6th)

(3rd)