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wednesday, september 21, 2011
Butler storms past Taylor
More close calls
Bulldogs split pair of matches in Michigan; 10 of 12 games decided by a single goal. By Luke Shaw Sports Staff Writer email@example.com
By Matt Rhinesmith Assistant Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org After a tough loss to Indiana State last weekend, sophomore running back Trae Heeter and the Butler football team got back on track with a 23-6 win against Taylor Saturday. Heeter led the Bulldogs (21) and their powerful offensive attack, which racked up 475 yards in Butler’s first ever visit to Taylor. Heeter, who was named the Pioneer Football League’s Offensive Player of the Week, was responsible for 155 of the Bulldogs’ 225 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also added three receptions for 59 yards and another score. “Heeter had a really good day,” head coach Jeff Voris said. “The offensive line played very well in opening things up, and he did a nice job of running to daylight.” Senior quarterback Andrew Huck continued his impressive season with another banner day in the air and on the ground against the Trojans (2-1). He threw for 250 yards and one touchdown and added 36 yards on the ground, including a 29-yard touchdown run. “We came out of the gate a little slow, but we were able to get going,” Huck said. “He [Heeter] made people miss in the second level.” On the receiving end of 85 of Huck’s passing yards, including a 38-yard connection, was senior wide receiver Jordan Koopman. “Our offense was going pretty well, and Huck was throwing great balls,” Koopman said. “It really wasn’t hard. We just had to get open for him.” Koopman and fellow senior Zach Watkins tied for the team lead
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Senior wide receiver Jordan Koopman (center) tries to break away from Taylor defenders after a catch during Butler’s 23-6 victory over the Trojans. Koopman caught a team-high seven passes for a game-high 85 yards in the win. with seven catches each. With those seven receptions, Watkins became Butler’s all-time career leader in receptions, with 197. The previous record holder, Dan Bohrer, finished his career with 192 from 2006 to 2009. Watkins also made the move into second place on Butler’s list for most career receiving yards with 2,217. He will again have to catch Bohrer, who recorded 2,241 receiving yards, if he wants the title for himself. While the Butler offense was successful, the Bulldogs’ defense led the charge and shut down the Trojans for most of the day. Led by junior linebacker Jordan
Ridley and sophomore defensive back Jayme Szafranski, the defense forced three turnovers and held Taylor to 288 yards of total offense, including a mere 17 yards rushing. “The story of the game really was the job our defense did early on and really all game,” Voris said. “Our guys were put in some tough situations, and they really played well to keep Taylor off the board.” Taylor received the opening kickoff and drove down the field to the Bulldogs’ 14-yard line before Ridley came up with an interception of Taylor’s sophomore quarterback Nick Freeman. The Trojans’ second drive of the game ended the same way, with
Freeman throwing an interception deep in Butler territory. This time Szafranski made the pick and returned it 24 yards. After a Butler miscue on a punt in the second half, Taylor had perhaps its best scoring opportunity of the game, with the ball on the Butler 6-yard line. The Bulldogs kept the Trojans out of the end zone on that drive, as well as several others. “That was just an awesome stand,” Voris said. The Bulldogs will be at the Butler Bowl this weekend to open Pioneer Football League play. They host the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday at noon.
Take notice: walk-on Ruffolo making noise in Butler volleyball
By Colin Likas Sports Editor email@example.com
Since arriving at Butler last month, Brooke Ruffolo has made everything look easy. The freshman from Farmington Hills, Mich. immediately became the Bulldogs’ starting libero this season. In that role, she has played in every one of Butler’s 13 matches and 47 sets and leads the team in hitting percentage (.400) and digs (173). The best part: Ruffolo is a walk-on player. “I have a good work ethic, and I know what the coaches expected of me,” Ruffolo said. “It’s an honor to be a freshman walk-on and starting. I’m really lucky.” Luck might not have as much to do with it as sheer ability and talent. The nine-year player became serious about volleyball during the offseason of her junior year of high school. After deciding that she indeed wanted to play the game at the collegiate level, Ruffolo starting winning awards and getting phone calls from multiple colleges. One of those colleges, of course, was Butler. “The coaches [at Butler] contacted me during a tournament, and I fell in love with the campus,” Ruffolo said. “The girls are very nice, and it was a perfect fit for me.” Ruffolo has proved to be a perfect fit for
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Butler volleyball coach Sharon Clark’s team as well. “[Ruffolo] has worked and competed hard for the starting libero spot,” Clark said. “She’s done a great job for us this year.”
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Freshman libero Brooke Ruffolo applauds after a Butler point against Austin Peay on Sept. 9.
Ruffolo said she can not only help the team with strong performances but also acquire a scholarship to help offset some of the cost of college. “I hope there is a scholarship for me in the future,” Ruffolo said. “If I’m doing my job for the team, I don’t see why there can’t be.” While Ruffolo’s work in the first 13 matches of this season has been impressive, she said she must keep working if there is any chance for her to attain a scholarship. “I need to keep doing what I’m doing now,” Ruffolo said. “I need to scout opponents, get stronger and try to get better during practice.” Ruffolo said that she hasn’t been treated any differently on the team because she is a walkon, and Clark admits that she does not use the term walk-on. This bodes well for a squad that is likely to return nearly all of its players, excluding lone senior Maureen Bamiro. “Maureen [Bamiro] does a good job leading, and the juniors have stepped up, too,” Ruffolo said. “We all mesh well, and we’re optimistic about the future.” Ruffolo, who is studying pre-med at Butler, said she expects to “do her own thing” after college. Even if that does not include volleyball, she said she knows she will be better off for competing at the college level. “It will be a great experience,” Ruffolo said.
Football vs. Drake 12:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Milwaukee 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Wright State 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. North Dakota State 6:00 p.m.
The weekend was filled with highs and lows for the Butler women’s soccer team during the squad’s nail-biting double overtime victory against Oakland and close loss at Detroit. The Bulldogs (5-5-0, 0-1 HL) were able to find the net in the second half of the game against the Titans (7-3-1, 1-0 HL), but it was too little, too late, as Detroit grabbed the 2-1 win on Sunday. The Titans scored the only goal of the first half and the first goal of the second half. In the 28th minute, Detroit junior midfielder Sarah Dzuris punched home a free kick from 25 yards out to give her team an early advantage. The eventual game-winning strike came from Titans junior defenseman Rebekah Dornbos, who put away an unassisted goal in the match’s 46th minute. Butler finally broke through on a goal from junior forward Katie Griswold in the 78th minute, but Detroit’s defense stayed strong for the remainder of the half. “We have made a habit of starting slowly and giving up goals early but haven’t been punished for it,” head coach Tari St. John said. “Today we were made to play.” Butler was able to tally nine shots against Detroit’s eight. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Galovska recorded three saves. Butler began the weekend by defeating Oakland in a hard-fought match that ended with a double overtime goal by junior defensman Claire Milam. The Golden Grizzlies (2-6) struck first when sophomore forward Serena San Cartier scored her first goal of the season, putting Oakland ahead 1-0. The Bulldogs, who had 17 shots in the contest, went scoreless in the first half. Oakland notched its second goal two and a half minutes into the second half. Despite being down by a pair, St. John said the team was still confident they could go home with a win. “These girls are resilient, that’s for sure,” St. John said. “Even at two down, there wasn’t a player that didn’t think we could make a comeback.” Butler started that comeback with an own goal from the Golden Grizzlies, which occurred after a shot from Butler freshman midfielder Ann Zerfas. The Bulldogs then seized a game-changing moment on a corner kick in the 77th minute. Freshman forward Stephanie Kaylor connected with sophomore midfielder Jackie Hafele, who knocked the ball off her head and into the net for a game-tying goal. The match could not be decided in regulation time or after one overtime period. Butler held on until the 105th minute, when Milam sealed the win for the Bulldogs, putting away a rebound on a shot by freshman forward Elise Kotsakis. The Bulldogs will continue their conference season when they host Wright State Sept. 24 at the Butler Bowl.
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