INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer team will open the month of October with two BIG EAST home matches this weekend. Nationally-ranked Georgetown will take the field against Butler on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7p.m. and the St. John's Red Storm will visit the Butler Bowl on Sunday, Oct. 6.
About Butler (7-3-2, 0-2 BIG EAST)
The Bulldogs snapped a nine-match unbeaten streak this past weekend with a 2-0 loss at Villanova followed by a 3-1 setback at Seton Hall. The Wildcats scored a goal in the first half and added another in the second to defeat Butler on Thursday and two late second half goals told the story in the Seton Hall loss on Sunday.
The Bulldogs will look to rebound with two home matches on the schedule this weekend, as the team is 2-0-2 when playing at the Butler Bowl. The two wins came against Northern Kentucky and nationally-ranked Michigan. The ties were vs. Seattle and Eastern Michigan.
Butler has outscored opponents 19-13 this season thanks to the scoring trio of Sophia Maccagnone, Elise Kotsakis and McKenzie Muchow. Maccagnone leads the team in goals (6) and assists (7), Kotsakis has the most game-winning goals on the team, and Muchow has recently upped her scoring output with the game-winner over Michigan and two goals on the road at Wright State.
Defense will be critical for Butler this weekend as Georgetown brings in one of the top offensive attacks in the country. The Bulldogs has five shutouts on the year with senior Julie Burton between the posts, but sophomore Mackenzie Hopkins has been on the scene lately playing a half at Villanova and then getting the start at Seton Hall. Hopkins has six saves on the year in 135 minutes of playing time.
Scouting #9 Georgetown (9-0-2, 1-0-1 BIG EAST)
Georgetown enters Thursday night's showdown as one of the best teams in the country. After tying DePaul 1-1 in the BIG EAST opener, the Hoyas made a statement by recording a 7-1 win over Xavier on Shaw Field.
The Hoyas have played eight home matches in 2013 with their only road games being held at George Washington (W, 3-2) and at Connecticut (W, 2-1). The regular season opener was a scare for Georgetown as William & Mary took the team to overtime, but the Hoyas held on for a 2-1 win.
Georgetown is a balanced team that has scored three or more goals in six games. The defense is equally as strong as the offense as the Hoyas enter the weekend with five shutouts.
A tough matchup for any team, Georgetown leads the NCAA in points and scoring offense. They also rank third in both assists and winning percentage. From an individual standpoint, Audra Ayotte ranks fourth in the country in assists and Emma Newins places 37th with a goals against average of 0.60.
Scouting St. John's (7-1-2, 1-0-1 BIG EAST)
St. John's will play at Marquette on Thursday night before heading to Indianapolis to face Butler on Sunday. The Red Storm are off to a 7-1-2 overall record which includes a 1-0-1 mark in BIG EAST competition. The team defeated Xavier 2-0 in the BIG EAST home opener, but tied Creighton 0-0 three days later.
St. John's only has three road matches to their credit with games played at Massachusetts, at Central Connecticut and at Brown. Their lone loss of the season came at a neutral site vs. Ohio State.
Head Coach Ian Stone returns to the St. John's sideline for his 20th season. Stone returns nine starters from last year's team who posted a 6-10-1 record which included a 2-7-1 record in conference action.
This year's St. John's team is known for their defense as they lead the country with a 0.19 goals against average. The Red Storm have only allowed two goals all season as they also lead the NCAA in save percentage (.955) and are second in shutout percentage (.800).
Junior Georgia Kearney-Perry is the reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week as she helped the Red Storm shutout two BIG EAST opponents during the opening weekend of conference play. Kearney-Perry was on the field for 200 minutes and helped the team limit the opposition to just 14 total shots.
This weekend will feature a pair of unique matches at the Butler Bowl, marking the first time in Butler women's soccer history that the team has ever faced Georgetown or St. John's.
BIG EAST Standings
1) Marquette, 2-0-0 BIG EAST, 9-3-0 Overall
2) Seton Hall, 2-0-0 BIG EAST, 4-5-2 Overall
3) #10 Georgetown, 1-0-1 BIG EAST, 9-0-2 Overall
4) St. John's, 1-0-1 BIG EAST, 7-1-2 Overall
5) Providence, 1-1-0 BIG EAST, 4-4-3 Overall
6) Villanova, 1-1-0 BIG EAST, 4-5-2 Overall
7) DePaul, 0-1-1 BIG EAST, 6-2-2 Overall
8) Creighton, 0-1-1 BIG EAST, 7-3-1 Overall
9) Xavier, 0-2-0 BIG EAST, 7-3-1 Overall
10) Butler, 0-2-0 BIG EAST, 7-3-2 Overall
Team National Rankings
Assists – 38th
Goals-Against Average – 105th
Points – 97th
Scoring Offense – 130th
Shutout % - 87th
Win % - 75th
Individual National Rankings
Assists Per Game: Sophia Maccagnone, 38th
Total Assists: Sophia Maccagnone, 15th
Total Goals: Sophia Maccagnone, 72nd
Total Points: Sophia Maccagnone, 35th
Points Per Game: Sophia Maccagnone, 73rd
Goals Against Average: Julie Burton, 78th
Senior Eyes Shutout Record
Julie Burton was just one shutout away from tying the Butler single-season record last year as she ended her junior campaign with seven. Burton is making a run at the record again this year as she currently has five shutouts moving her career total to 13.
The senior moved into sole possession of second place by recording a 1-0 shutout over No. 11 Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 15. Her most recent shutout came on Sunday, Sept. 22 as the Bulldogs shut out IUPUI 1-0 to earn their seventh win of the season. The career shutout record his held by E.B. Larson who closed out her career (1995-98) with 23.5 shutouts.
Ready… Aim… Fire!
Sophomore Sophia Maccagnone took 11 shots at Bowling Green on Saturday, Aug. 31 moving her into a tie for fourth place all-time for most shots taken in a single match.
Kaylor from the Corner
Junior midfielder Stephanie Kaylor has been a weapon for Butler offensively by recording five assists. Kaylor creates a scoring opportunity every time she takes a corner kick as the junior has now climbed to eighth all-time with 14 career assists.
Sophia Maccagnone is putting together a fantastic sophomore season as she leads the team in multiple categories. Maccagnone leads the team in goals (6), assists (7) points (19), shots (63), and shots on goal (24).
Butler will host Providence on Saturday, Oct. 12 before traveling to DePaul on Oct. 17. The final two matches during the month of October will feature the Bulldogs hosting Xavier on the 20th and playing at Creighton on the 26th.