INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer team will wear pink jerseys when they face the Providence Friars on Saturday night. The match is part of Butler's Homecoming Weekend celebration with action beginning at 7 p.m.
About Butler (8-4-2, 1-3 BIG EAST)
The Bulldogs earned their first BIG EAST win of the season with a 2-1 overtime victory over St. John's on Sunday, Oct. 6. Elise Kotsakis scored her fourth game-winning goal of the year to push the Bulldogs past the Red Storm less than two minutes into the overtime period. Kotsakis scored off a double assist from Stephanie Kaylor and Olivia Colosimo. Butler's first goal of the contest came from sophomore Sophia Maccagnone off the assist from Mary Allen in the 71st minute.
Butler snapped a three-game skid with the win over St. John's. The team will look to start a winning streak against the Friars by limiting Providence in the second half of competition. 14 of the Friars 18 goals have been scored in the second half. The Bulldogs are much more balanced with 10 first half goals, nine in the second half and two in overtime. Butler will try to be aggressive against Providence as they average five more shots per game than their opponent.
Scouting Providence (4-6-3, 1-3 BIG EAST)
Providence enters the weekend with an overall record of 4-6-3 after going 1-4 in their last five contests. The lone 1-0 win came against BIG EAST foe DePaul on Sept. 29. The Friars faced two tough opponents to open the month of October taking a 3-2 setback to Creighton and a 2-1 loss to nationally-ranked Georgetown.
The Friars have a unique goalkeeper situation as three student-athletes have seen action between the pipes. Kristyn Shea has the best numbers of the trio with a 2-3-3 record which includes 43 saves and one shutout. Jessica Goudreault and Megan Sweeney have also been active for Providence winning one match each.
The Providence offense runs through Kathryn Hiller and Amanda Webster. Hiller leads the team with 12 points which includes a team-high five goals to go along with two assists. Webster is the team leader in assists with four. She has also chipped in with two goals.
Catherine Zimmerman and Allison Walton are also scoring threats for the Friars. Each player has three goals on the season while Zimmerman adds two assists to her stat line.
Butler trails Providence in the all-time series as the Friars won the only matchup between the two programs by the final score of 4-2 at a neutral site back during the 1992 season.
Pink Jersey Sale
Pink jerseys will be available for sale on Saturday night for $35.
BIG EAST Standings
1) Marquette, 4-0-0 BIG EAST, 11-3-0 Overall
2) #6 Georgetown, 3-0-1 BIG EAST, 11-0-2 Overall
3) DePaul, 2-1-1 BIG EAST, 8-2-2 Overall
4) Creighton, 2-1-1 BIG EAST, 9-3-1 Overall
5) Villanova, 2-2-0 BIG EAST, 5-6-2 Overall
6) Seton Hall, 2-2-0 BIG EAST, 4-7-2 Overall
7) St. John's, 1-2-1 BIG EAST, 7-3-2 Overall
8) Butler, 1-3-0 BIG EAST, 8-4-2 Overall
9) Providence, 1-3-0 BIG EAST, 4-6-3 Overall
10) Xavier, 0-4-0 BIG EAST, 7-5-1 Overall
Team National Rankings
Assists – 44th
Goals-Against Average – 138th
Points – 98th
Scoring Offense – 136th
Shutout % - 120th
Win % - 84th
RPI – 85th
Individual National Rankings
Assists Per Game: Sophia Maccagnone, 36th
Assists Per Game: Stephanie Kaylor, 70th
Total Assists: Sophia Maccagnone, 24th
Total Assists: Stephanie Kaylor, 33rd
Total Goals: Sophia Maccagnone, 64th
Total Points: Sophia Maccagnone, 36th
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 six assists. Kaylor creates a scoring opportunity every time she takes a corner kick as the junior has now climbed to eighth all-time with 15 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 (7), assists (7) points (21), shots (68), and shots on goal (25).
Butler will travel to DePaul on Thursday, Oct. 17 with a match against the Blue Demons at 4 p.m. The next home match will be played vs. Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 20.