INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The Butler women's soccer team will face the Indiana State Sycamores on Sunday, Aug. 25. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. as the Bulldogs travel to Memorial Stadium having won four out of the last five matchups.
About the Bulldogs
Butler is off to a 0-1 start to the season after falling 2-0 at Louisville on Friday night. The Bulldogs went into the half tied at 0-0, but the Cardinals quickly scored off a corner kick in the 46th minute and a late goal in the 84th minute secured the win.
The match against Indiana State will help the Bulldogs prepare for the 2013 home opener which will be played against Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, Aug. 28 with a 7 p.m. start at the Butler Bowl.
Scouting Indiana State
They Sycamores are off to a 1-0 start after defeating Georgia Southern 2-1 in double overtime. Each team scored a goal in the first half and Kate Johnson led her team to victory in the second overtime with her first goal of the season off an assist from Bria Caldwell.
Georgia Southern stunned the Sycamores early with a goal just three and a half minutes into the game, but Kayla Welch connected on an unassisted goal from 20 yards out on a free kick to knot the score. The final goal of the game from Johnson was hit from 28 yards out to give Indiana State the win.
Indiana State posted an 8-10-3 record in 2012 earning the No. 5 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Sycamores recorded a road win over No. 4 Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals and then defeated No. 1 Evansville to advance to the championship game. The 2012 season eventually came to a close with a 5-1 loss to No.2 Illinois State in the MVC finals.
Returning players for ISU include senior midfielder Shelby Troyer and sophomore midfielder Sydney Lovelace. Each player earned postseason awards with Lovelace taking All-MVC Second Team honors and Troyer grabbing honorable mention accolades for the second straight year.
Head Coach Erika True returns six starters from a year ago, but one question mark for the team will be at the goalkeeper position as two freshman battle for playing time. Abby Keller and Brittany San Roman are two of 11 newcomers and they are the only two keepers listed on the roster as the team moves along in the non-conference schedule.
Indiana State is a familiar opponent to Butler as the two teams have faced off in the regular season for the last decade. The Bulldogs hold the upper hand in the all-time series, holding an 8-3 lead over their in-state rivals.
Winners of four of the last five meetings, Butler most recently defeated Indiana State 3-0 during the 2012 season. The last win for Indiana State came in 2010 as the Sycamores earned a 1-0 road win on Aug. 27.
The first ever meeting between Butler and Indiana State was played back during the 2002 season when the Bulldogs claimed a 4-1 win over the Sycamores in early October.
Burton Moves Up Career Records List
Senior goalkeeper Julie Burton is making her mark in the women's soccer career record book in multiple categories. The Indianapolis native currently sits at fourth in goals against average (1.15), sixth in both shutouts (8) and goalkeeper minutes (2,591) and seventh in saves with 98.
Just Win Baby
Butler played in several close games last year as a member of the Atlantic 10 conference. Three of their four ties on the year came in conference play and every single win in the A-10 was by one goal.
Solid all-around defense and an offensive attack from Sophia Maccagnone helped produce the winning recipe as Julie Burton set a new single-season school record with a 0.69 goals against average and Maccagnone broke Amy Morrison's record with 97 shots in a single-season.