On Tuesday the IU men’s soccer team travels to Indianapolis for a matchup with the Butler Bulldogs in one of their final non-conference matchups of the season.
The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 23-4-4 and are 11-1-2 in the Sellick Bowl, Butler’s home stadium. IU hasn’t lost to Butler since 2013 and won last year’s matchup 3-0 in Bloomington. IU’s last trip to Indianapolis in 2017 ended in a scoreless draw.
For those interested in watching, the game can be streamed on the Butler Athletics YouTube page and kicks off at 7:00 p.m..
So far this season the Bulldogs are 3-3. Their most recent match was a 3-0 loss at home against No. 2 Georgetown to open Big East play.
Their best win of the season came on Thursday, Sept. 12 when they took down the Wisconsin Badgers 1-0.
What to Watch
The Butler attack isn’t exactly a high-flying one. The Bulldogs have scored seven goals through their six matches and got shutout against Georgetown.
The donut on the scoreboard has been a key part of IU’s identity for years, but it hasn’t been up there as often as usual this season. This feels like a decent opportunity to get back to shutting out the opponent.
2. Brandon Guhl
One of the better attackers in the Big East will be on the pitch for Butler in this one. Guhl was was conference’s co-offensive player of the year back in 2017 as well as an All-American by at least one publication. He was also named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Preseason Top 100 list.
He has three goals so far this season, leading the Bulldogs. If the Hoosiers can keep him in control then it should be hard for Butler to get on the scoreboard.
3. New Goalscorer?
So far this season it’s been well-documented that the Hoosiers have a lot of attacking options. Because of this there are still a handful of key players searching for their first goal of the season including Spencer Glass, A.J. Palazzolo and Aidan Morris. Could one of those guys get on the score sheet in this one? We’ll find out.