INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's soccer team will travel to Chicago on Thursday to face the DePaul Blue Demons at 4 p.m. The weekend will come to a close with the Bulldogs hosting Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. The match against the Musketeers will serve as senior day for Mary Allen, Ali Backscheider, Julie Burton, Olivia Colosimo, Katie Griswold, and Anna Ventimiglia.
About Butler (9-4-2, 2-3 BIG EAST)
The Bulldogs are now 2-3 in the BIG EAST conference after recording back-to-back overtime wins at home. The team will look to ride this momentum into a road contest at DePaul on Thursday afternoon. Elise Kotsakis found the back of the net to give Butler a 2-1 overtime win over St. John's on Oct. 6 and Sophia Maccagnone helped the 'Dogs defeat Providence with an overtime goal on Oct. 12. Each goal was scored just minutes into the extra period to lift the Bulldogs to 2-3 in the conference.
The one-two punch of Maccagnone and Kotsakis has led the Butler offense this season. Maccagnone leads the team with eight goals and seven assists. Two of her eight goals have been game-winners. Kotsakis been the most clutch performer on the team as four of her five goals on the season have lifted Butler to victory.
Kelly Mahoney and McKenzie Muchow also have game-winning goals for the Bulldogs. Mahoney is tied for second on the team with two while Muchow picked up her first game-winning goal of her career against nationally-ranked Michigan.
The Butler offense has been aggressive this season as the Bulldogs have outscored opponents 23-18. They attempt 16 shots per game compared to just nine from the opposition and also lead the corner kick battle 72-45.
Scouting DePaul (9-2-2, 3-1-1 BIG EAST)
The Blue Devils have won three-straight BIG EAST conference games to improve their record to 3-1-1. A tie against nationally-ranked Georgetown kicked off the conference season for DePaul and the lone setback of the conference season followed with a 1-0 loss on the road at Providence.
The three-match winning streak started with a 1-0 overtime win vs. Seton Hall at Wish Field and the team improved to 2-0 with a 2-0 win vs. Villanova. DePaul most recently recorded another overtime win this time with a 2-1 victory at Creighton on Oct. 12. The Blue Devils will host Marquette on Sunday after playing the Bulldogs on Thursday.
DePaul is 9-2-2 overall with a balanced scoring attack. Elise Wyatt and Ashleigh Goddard lead the team offensively with five and four goals respectively. Each player has two game-winning goals to their credit and Wyatt adds four assists to her stat line.
Defensively, the Blue Demons rely on Alejandria Godinez to keep opponents off the scoreboard. The sophomore has five shutouts on the year to go along with 74 saves. Her goals against average is one of the best in the country at 0.58. Godinez has only allowed eight goals this season.
Scouting Xavier (8-5-1, 1-4 BIG EAST)
The Musketeers picked up their first BIG EAST win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Seton Hall on Oct. 12. The win snapped a four-match losing streak as the team took losses at St. John's and Georgetown before losing at home to Villanova and Marquette.
Three players share the team lead with three goals each, and four student-athletes have connected on two goals this season giving the Musketeers a balanced attack. Tori Doss leads the team with 11 points with three goals and a team-high five assists. Maggie Hare is second on the team with seven points (3G, 1A). She is also tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals.
Katie Markesberry will be the goalkeeper for the Musketeers on Sunday as she enters the contest with an overall record of 7-5-1. The 5-10 junior has 78 saves on the year with five shutouts.
Despite having an 8-5-1 overall record, Xavier has been outscored 21-19 on the year and only averages nine shots per contest. Opponents lead the corner kick category over the Musketeers 81-37 and they are also up in the shots on goal category 108-69.
Butler and DePaul have only met two times prior to Thursday's matchup. The all-time series is knotted up at 1-1. The Blue Devils won the last meeting at home during the 2009 season by the final score of 2-0. The Bulldogs were victorious in the first meeting with a 2-1 home win vs. DePaul in 2008.
The all-time series between Butler and Xavier is also tied even though the teams have met on 16 occasions. Two ties appear in the all-time series and each team has earned seven victories. The two programs last met in 2012 as members of the Atlantic 10 conference. The Bulldogs came out on top with a 1-0 overtime win.
BIG EAST Standings
1) #20 Marquette, 5-0-0 BIG EAST, 12-3-0 Overall
2) #15 Georgetown, 3-1-1 BIG EAST, 11-1-2 Overall
3) DePaul, 3-1-1 BIG EAST, 9-2-2 Overall
4) Creighton, 2-2-1 BIG EAST, 9-4-1 Overall
5) Villanova, 2-2-1 BIG EAST, 5-6-3 Overall
6) Butler, 2-3-0 BIG EAST, 9-4-2 Overall
7) St. John's, 1-2-2 BIG EAST, 7-3-3 Overall
8) Seton Hall, 2-3-0 BIG EAST, 4-8-2 Overall
9) Xavier, 1-4-0 BIG EAST, 8-5-1 Overall
10) Providence, 1-4-0 BIG EAST, 4-7-3 Overall
Team National Rankings
Assists – 36th
Goals-Against Average – 136th
Points – 84th
Scoring Offense – 130th
Shutout % - 136th
Win % - 73rd
RPI – 82nd
Individual National Rankings
Assists Per Game: Sophia Maccagnone, 46th
Assists Per Game: Stephanie Kaylor, 46th
Total Assists: Sophia Maccagnone, 29th
Total Assists: Stephanie Kaylor, 29th
Total Goals: Sophia Maccagnone, 57th
Total Points: Sophia Maccagnone, 36th
Goals Against Average: Julie Burton, 63rd
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 is a weapon for Butler offensively as she enters the weekend tied for the team lead with seven assists. Kaylor creates a scoring opportunity every time she takes a corner kick as the junior has now climbed into a tie for seventh all-time with 16 career assists.
Sophia Maccagnone has put together a fantastic sophomore season as she leads the team in multiple categories. Maccagnone leads the team in goals (8), assists (7) points (23), shots (73), and shots on goal (29). Her season shot total now places her in a tie for eighth all-time at Butler for most shots taken in a single-season.
The Bulldogs have played well at home this season posting a 4-1-2 overall record at the Butler Bowl. The only team to defeat Butler at home this season was nationally-ranked Georgetown who accomplished the task on Oct. 3.
Drunk Driver Awareness Game
The Butler women's soccer program will have players and coaches wearing yellow arm bands in support of drunk driving awareness on Sunday, Oct. 20. 10 years ago this past June, Butler University lost two of their own as Carrie Colglazier and David Rahn Jr. were tragically killed in an automobile accident as a drunk driver collided into David's motorcyle. The Butler women's soccer program placed a memorial to Carrie near the entrance to the field and no Bulldog wore the No. 10 jersey until after the 2005-06 academic year, when Colglazier was schedule to graduate.
Carrie Colglazier Scholarship Award
The Carrie Colglazier Scholarship Award was inaugurated in 2007 by Carrie's parents, Bud and Karen Colglazier. "Carrie exemplified the Butler Way in all aspects of her life. It is these attributes that we hold as the criteria for our team's highest honor: unselfishness, unwavering loyalty to teammates and coaches, and high moral integrity." Winners of the Carrie Colglazier Scholarship Award includes Abbie Kaul (2007), Sarah Phelps (2008 & 2009), Claire Milam (2010 & 2011) and most recently Caroline Kowal (2012).
The end of the regular season is just around the corner as the Bulldogs have just two regular season matches left on the 2013 schedule. The team will play at Creighton on Oct. 26 and play at Marquette in the regular season finale on Nov. 2. The BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals will begin on Nov. 5.