Butler Bulldogs women's soccer

The Butler Bulldogs women's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Butler University, an NCAA Division I member school located in Indianapolis, IN. The team played its final season in the Horizon League in 2011; on July 1, 2012, the Bulldogs joined the Atlantic 10 Conference for one season.[2] They currently play in the Big East Conference.

Butler Bulldogs
2023 Butler Bulldogs women's soccer team
UniversityButler University
Head coachTari St. John (18th season)
Rob Alman (12th season)
ConferenceBig East
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
StadiumButler Bowl
(Capacity: 7,500)
ColorsBlue and white[1]
NCAA Tournament appearances
2015, 2017
Conference Tournament championships
Horizon League
Conference Regular Season championships
Horizon League
1995, 1996, 1999, 2010

Current roster edit

As of December 28, 2020[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
00 GK   USA Clair O'Brien
1 GK   USA Stephanie Rodriguez
2 MF   USA Katie Soderstrom
3 FW   USA Julia Dreher
4 FW   USA Abigail Isger
5 DF   USA Amanda Kowalski
6 DF   USA Julia Leonard
7 FW   USA Anja Savich
8 MF   USA Morgan Kloosterman
9 MF   USA Becky Dean
10 DF   USA Alana Wood
11 MF   USA Taylor Crowe
13 MF   USA Anna Schroeder
14 MF   USA Arianna Jalics
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF   USA Celia Gaynor
16 FW   USA Gretchen Skoglund
17 DF   AUS Claire Farrington
18 MF   USA Leah Goehring
19 DF   USA Caitlin O'Malley
20 MF   USA Payton Black
21 MF   USA Justina Gaynor
22 MF   USA Alli Leonard
23 MF   GER Aliya Diagne
25 MF   USA Maddie Farnsworth
26 DF   USA Jaycee Helmer
27 DF   USA Annika Schmidt
28 MF   USA Gabby Smith
29 FW   USA Cassidy Blacha

History edit

Butler University first fielded a varsity women's soccer team in 1991, when they earned a 10–7–1 record under head coach Bryan Blitz, including a 0–3–0 record in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now called the Horizon League).[4] Coach Blitz left the program following the 1995 season, the same season as the Bulldogs' first conference championship. The Bulldogs were next coached by George Van Linder, who led the team to its second conference championship and two conference runner-up finishes before departing after the 1998 season.[4] Woody Sherwood served as the Bulldogs' third women's soccer coach and led the team to its third conference championship in 1999; under his leadership the team only once finished lower than third in the Horizon League.[4]

The Bulldogs' current head coach, Tari St. John began serving as head coach in the 2006 season. Aside from the head coach, Butler employs one assistant coach on a part-time basis.[5] This position is currently held by Ric Huffman, who has held the position since 2009.[6] Huffman also serves as the head coach of the Dynamo Football Club, also located in Indianapolis, and is a former member of the Indiana University men's soccer team and the Indiana Twisters of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. He also played on the 1998 National Indoor Championship team.[7] The position was previously held by Greg Miller, who is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers. All other women's soccer coaches serve on a volunteer basis.

Butler left the Horizon League following the 2011 season when the athletic department moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference. During their time in the Horizon, the Bulldogs earned one conference tournament championship, in 1996, but the team did not qualify for the NCAA tournament because the conference did not have an automatic bid at that time. However, the team was the tournament runner-up six times, in 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2010. The team also won four conference season championships, in 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2010.[8]

Joining the Atlantic 10 Conference presented some challenges, including schedule adjustments, because the move came a year ahead of schedule.[9] For example, the Bulldogs were scheduled to play an exhibition game against the defending Atlantic 10 champions, the Dayton Flyers, but the game had to be rescheduled as a conference game later in the season.[10] Other teams had to redo their schedules in a matter of weeks after their previously finalized schedules were already released.[11]

Yearly records edit

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bryan Blitz (Horizon League) (1991–1995)
1991 Bryan Blitz 10–7–1 0–3–0 4th
1992 Bryan Blitz 8–9–2 2–3–0 4th
1993 Bryan Blitz 6–11–3 2–3–1 4th
1994 Bryan Blitz 11–10–0 4–2–0 3rd
1995 Bryan Blitz 10–7–2 6–0–0 1st
Bryan Blitz: 45–44–8 14–11–1
George Van Linder (Horizon League) (1996–1998)
1996 George Van Linder 12–7–1 5–1–0 T-1st
1997 George Van Linder 12–7–2 3–1–1 T-2nd
1998 George Van Linder 10–13–0 3–2–0 T-2nd
George Van Linder: 34–27–3 11–4–1
Woody Sherwood (Horizon League) (1999–2005)
1999 Woody Sherwood 5–11–2 4–1–0 T-1st
2000 Woody Sherwood 7–11–2 2–2–1 T-3rd
2001 Woody Sherwood 31–7–0 4–2–0 2nd
2002 Woody Sherwood 15–6–0 4–2–0 2nd
2003 Woody Sherwood 8–9–2 4–2–0 T-2nd
2004 Woody Sherwood 7–10–2 4–3–0 3rd
2005 Woody Sherwood 8–10–2 2–5–0 T-5th
Woody Sherwood: 63–64–10 25–16–1
Tari St. John (Horizon League) (2006–2011)
2006 Tari St. John 5–11–3 2–4–1 6th
2007 Tari St. John 10–9–1 5–3–0 4th
2008 Tari St. John 11–11–0 4–4–0 T-4th
2009 Tari St. John 7–11–2 3–4–1 5th
2010 Tari St. John 9–11–0 6–2–0 T-1st
2011 Tari St. John 8–10–2 3–5–0 6th
Horizon League: 73–53–5
Tari St. John (Atlantic 10) (2012)
2012 Tari St. John 12–5–4 5–1–3 4th
Tari St. John: 50–63–8 23–22–2 (Horizon)
5–1–3 (Atlantic 10)
Atlantic 10: 5–1–3 5–1–3
Tari St. John / Rob Alman (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013 St. John / Alman 11–7–2 4–5–0 5th
2014 St. John / Alman 9–8–2 3–4–2 6th
2015 St. John / Alman 16–7–1 6–3–0 4th NCAA 1st Round
Total: 204–203–33

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Players, awards, and recognition edit

NSCAA All-Americans
1994 Chris Johnson (2nd team)

NSCAA Regional (Mideast) All-Americans

1994 Chris Johnson (1st team)
Emily Winternheimer (2nd team)

NSCAA Regional (Great Lakes) All-Americans

1995 Joy Aschenbrener
Beth Crauder
1996 Beth Crauder
Alisa Pykett
2005 Meredith Buemi
2008 Molly Kruger

Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Team

1996 Joy Aschenbrener (3rd team)
Beth Crauder (3rd team)
Summer Lawler (3rd team)
1997 Joy Aschenbrener (3rd team)
2002 Amy Morrison (2nd team)
Kate Lord (Newcomer)

Soccer Buzz All-American Freshman Team

2002 Kate Lord (2nd team)

Horizon League Cecil M. Coleman Award

1996 Alisa Pykett

Outreach edit

In response to the growth of interested youths in the Indianapolis area, where the Butler Bulldogs are located, the soccer program offers several soccer camps for various age groups.[12] The camp is instructed by several members of the women's soccer program, including head coach Tari St. John.[13]

In addition to the camps, the Butler Bulldogs women's soccer program annually wears pink jerseys in support the "fight against breast cancer." The jerseys are sold to the public following the game to raise proceeds for the cause.[14]

References edit

  1. ^ Butler Athletics Visual Identity Guide (PDF). November 29, 2020. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  2. ^ "Butler to compete in Atlantic 10 a year ahead of schedule". Indianapolis Star. Gannett. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 Women's Soccer Roster". Butler Bulldogs. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Butler Bulldogs Women's Soccer Records" (PDF). Butlersports.com. Butler University. Retrieved August 27, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Butler University Women's Soccer Scholarships". AthleticScholarship.com. National Collegiate Scouting Association. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "Huffman Joins Women's Soccer Staff". Butlersports.com. Butler University. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "Dynamo FC Girls Coaching Staff 2012–2013" (PDF). Dynamofc.org. Dynamo Football Club. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  8. ^ "Horizon League Women's Soccer Records" (PDF). Horizon League. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  9. ^ Parker, Reed (May 29, 2012). "Butler University Making Move a Year Early". WIBC. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  10. ^ "Butler/VCU Added to Dayton Women's Soccer Schedule". DaytonFlyers.com. University of Dayton. Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  11. ^ "Women's Soccer Announces Changes To 2012 A-10 Schedule". Owl Sports. Temple University. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  12. ^ "Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp". ButlerBulldogSoccer.com. Butler Soccer Camps. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  13. ^ "Staff". ButlerBulldogsSoccer.com. Butler Bulldogs Soccer. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  14. ^ "Pink Soccer Jerseys For Sale". Butlersports.com. Butler University. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2012.

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