The week ahead in Butler sports: Oct. 15-Oct. 21

Paige Monaghan dribbles the ball up the field during a game this season. Monaghan and the Butler women’s soccer team will face Creighton on Oct. 18 before traveling to the nation’s capital to take on Georgetown on Oct. 21. Jimmy Lafakis/Collegian file photo.

DREW SANDIFER | STAFF REPORTER | dsandife@butler.edu

Monday, Oct. 15th

Men’s golf at Georgetown Invitational

Fresh off of fall break, the Butler men’s golf team starts off the busy week with the Georgetown Invitational. They should be coming in with a bit of confidence, as they finished first in the Butler Fall Invitational, the Bulldog’s lone home fall competition. Junior Patrick Allgeier led the team after shooting a two-under 208, good for second overall. The three rounds will take place in Beallsville, Maryland, beginning with two rounds on Monday and the final round wrapping up on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Oct. 16th

Men’s soccer at Indiana

While they endure a rough season, the Butler men’s soccer team’s next opponent will be their toughest yet in Indiana. The Hoosiers are ranked fourth in the nation, with their two losses on the year coming to top-ranked Wake Forest and fifth-ranked Kentucky. In last year’s meeting at the Sellick Bowl, Butler and then-No. 1 Indiana played to a scoreless draw, the fifth straight match in this series to go into overtime. The Bulldogs final non-conference match of the season will begin at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18th

Women’s soccer vs Creighton

On Thursday, the Butler women’s soccer team rounds out their play at home this year with a match against the Creighton Bluejays. The Bulldogs haven’t lost a home game since Oct. of 2016 and will look to finish a perfect 8-0 at the Sellick Bowl this year with a win. In last year’s match against Creighton, the Dawgs rolled into Omaha and won 3-0 behind Paige Monaghan’s two goals. The match is free courtesy of butlerbulldoggear.com and will start at 7 p.m.

Volleyball at Providence

The Butler volleyball team has played each of the nine Big East teams once, and they begin Round 2 with a trip to Providence, Rhode Island to take on the Friars. These two teams’ first meeting was an easy one for Butler as they swept Providence over Homecoming weekend. Rachel Klitzing and Melody Davidson led BU in that match with eight kills apiece. At the midway point of the conference season, the Dawgs find themselves at tied for sixth with a 3-6 record in Big East play. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct.19th

Men’s and women’s cross country at Illini Classic

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in one last tune-up before the Big East championships in Indianapolis next week in the Illini Classic. Last year’s match featured a group of runners from schools in the region like Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, and others. Michael Carey led Butler, finishing tenth overall. Kara Stark finished first among the Bulldog women. The start time for the competition in Urbana-Champaign has yet to be announced.

Saturday, Oct. 20th

Football vs San Diego

After two straight road games, the Butler football team returns home to face the perennial Pioneer League football power, the San Diego Toreros. USD last lost a game in conference in Oct. of 2015 and has held at least a share of the regular season conference championship every year since Butler was conference co-champ in 2013. In last year’s game in California, San Diego won 38-17 behind Torero quarterback Anthony Lawrence threw for 367 yards and five touchdowns. The Bulldogs host “Bike to the Bowl” Game as kickoff is at noon.

Men’s soccer at Villanova

The Butler men’s soccer team travels to Philadelphia to face the Villanova Wildcats as they return to Big East action. In last year’s matchup with the Wildcats, Lewis Suddick netted a goal in the 16th minute to earn a win on senior night as part of their four-game shutout streak in 2017. Through the first four games of conference play, these are the bottom two teams in the conference standings. The match is set to begin from the Higgins Soccer Complex on VU’s campus at 1 p.m.

Women’s swimming at IUPUI

After two weeks off, the Butler women’s swim team is back to the competitive grind with a short trip to take part in the IUPUI invite. Along with the host, Butler will join Western Illinois and Olivet Nazarene as the four teams playing over the weekend. In their first meet of the season, it was Emma Spotts who took home a win for the Bulldogs in the 200-yard breaststroke, their lone win in the event. The meet is set to begin from the IUPUI Natatorium at 2 p.m.

Volleyball at Creighton

The Butler volleyball team will get a shot at redemption against the Creighton Bluejays after losing a heartbreaking five set loss to Creighton some three weeks before this game. The Bulldogs held a 2-1 set lead before the tenth-ranked Bluejays would come back to win. Still ranked at number ten, Creighton has not lost a game on their home court in over 13 months. Head and shoulders above the rest of the Big East, it would take a Herculean effort for Butler to come out on top, but the Bulldogs held a 2-0 lead in Omaha last year. First serve from D.J. Sokol Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21st

Women’s soccer at Georgetown

It’s a showdown of the top two teams in the Big East through the first three-quarters of the regular season, with the winner between the Butler Bulldogs and the Georgetown Hoyas likely having the fast track to claiming the regular season crown. It was yet another scoreless draw for the 2017 Butler squad, as they could have taken the Big East regular season title had they beaten the Hoyas. The Dawgs will look to spoil the Hoyas’ final home game of the season as the match is set to begin at 1 p.m. from Shaw Field in D.C.

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