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Drake Returns Home To Face Nebraska Omaha

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: September 10, 2013
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The Drake men’s soccer team begins a stretch of three of its next four games being played at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Friday (Sept. 13) when the Bulldogs square off versus Nebraska Omaha.  Game time versus the Mavericks is tentatively set for 8:00 p.m. and will follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of the Drake women’s soccer tilt against South Dakota State that starts at 6:00 p.m.

Nebraska Omaha (1-2) comes into action this week after registering its initial victory of the campaign last Sunday (Sept. 8), 1-0, over Columbia. Sophomore Emir Alihodzic and junior Vance Rookwood have accounted for UNO’s goals this season having each recorded one.  Senior goalkeeper Matt Grosey owns six saves for the Mavericks through three games and owns a 0.96 goal against average and one shutout.

Drake and Nebraska Omaha are meeting for the first time in the regular season, although the teams have battled previously in the preseason.  A year ago, the Mavericks posted a 2-0 triumph on Aug. 15, 2012, at the Cownie Soccer Complex in exhibition play against the Bulldogs.

Nebraska Omaha: Jason Mims is in his third campaign directing the Mavericks and owns a 7-23-2 (.250) record.
Drake: In his 16th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 128-132-32 mark (.493), including 206-158-34 (.560) overall, in his 20th year as a head coach.

Sean Holmes was named head men’s soccer coach at Drake in 1998 and this season marks his 16th campaign directing the Bulldogs’ fortunes.

During Holmes’ 16-year tenure, the Bulldogs have posted a 128-132-32 record, building a legacy of excellence on Drake’s campus and in the Missouri Valley Conference.  In 20 years as a head coach he has amassed a 206-158-34 overall record.

In 2012, the Bulldogs were faced with reloading a squad that lost six starters from a team that went 11-8-1 in 2011.

Despite the challenges, Drake registered a 6-11-4 ledger, including a 2-2-2 record in the MVC and a spot in the semifinals of the MVC Championship. The Bulldogs posted a 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 12 Creighton on Sept. 29 at the Cownie Soccer Complex and took the 12th-rated Bluejays to double overtime in the semifinals of the MVC Championship before dropping a 3-2 decision.

Led by senior Michael Thaden, who was chosen as a first-team All-MVC men’s soccer selection, four Drake student-athletes garnered All-MVC accolades. Redshirt junior Rich Gallagher and junior Addison Eck were tabbed honorable mention selections, while redshirt freshman Alec Bartlett was recognized as an all-freshman team recipient.  Thaden was also a Continental Tires/National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Midwest Regional selection.

Juniors Garrett Crall and Nick Marshall garnered All-MVC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete accolades, while Marshall went on to be named a second-team honoree to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Soccer Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Holmes’ 2011 squad turned in a strong campaign finishing with an 11-8-1 mark en route to a berth in the semifinals of the State Farm MVC Championship.

Led by seniors Matt Kuhn and Charles Schwartz, seven Drake student-athletes garnered All-MVC accolades.

Kuhn, an MLS supplemental draft selection by DC United, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team and also joined Thomas Ostrander on the NSCAA All-America team. Kuhn was named to the second team, while Ostrander became only the third Bulldog to pull in honors more than once with his selection to the third team.  He was a first-team honoree in 2010.

Kuhn, Ostrander and Schwartz also were chosen 2011 Continental Tires/NSCAA All-Midwest Regional selections.  Tabbed to the second team was Kuhn, while Ostrander and Schwartz were named to the third team. It marked the fourth consecutive season and 10th time in program history that the Bulldogs have garnered at least two players on the all-region squad.

Coming on the heels of the most successful season in school history in 2009, the 2010 edition of the Bulldogs turned in a successful 8-8-2 record (4-2-1 MVC), including a 1-0 road victory over Michigan, who advanced to the College Cup, and 1-1 double-overtime tie with No. 12 UC Irvine.
Senior Nick Foster, who was chosen as a first team All-MVC men’s soccer selection, led eight Drake student-athletes garnering All-MVC accolades.

Additionally, Foster and Ostrander were both tabbed 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-Midwest Regional third-team selections.

The Bulldogs were equally successful off the field as Foster and Ostrander became the first-ever Bulldogs named to the first team NSCAA Men’s College Scholar All-America Team. The duo became the ninth and 10th Drake players to garner NSCAA Academic All-America accolades, and the first two to be named to the first team.

Drake posted a school-record 16-7-2 mark in 2009, capped off by winning its first ever MVC Tournament championship while advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Drake earned its highest ranking in school history, being rated No. 8 in the final 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top-25 National Poll.  The Bulldogs also rated eighth in the final 2009 NCAA RPI tabulation.

The Bulldogs posted 2009 NCAA Tournament victories past Western Illinois (2-1), No. 13 ranked Ohio State (1-0, overtime) and Boston College (6-4) before falling at nationally ranked North Carolina (2-1).

Garrett Webb was a semifinalist for the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy that is the highest individual honor in college soccer.  He also became the second Drake player to earn All-America status with his selection to the NSCAA and College Soccer News second and third team All-America squads, respectively.

A national-best three Bulldogs were named to the 2009 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams led by senior Brian Wurst, who became the initial first team Academic All-American honoree in school history.  Joining him on the second and third teams, respectively, were junior Matt Kuhn and senior Calvin Clark.  Drake’s three selections marked the most of any school in the country in the university division (Division I), besting Akron and South Carolina, who garnered two selections each.

Holmes led the Bulldogs to a school-record 13-5-1 mark in 2008, including six-consecutive shutouts to open the season. Drake finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4-1-0 record and made its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, receiving an at-large bid. The Bulldogs were nationally ranked for the final 10 weeks of the season.

Holmes came to Drake after serving as the top assistant at conference-rival Evansville from 1995-98. During his tenure at Evansville, the Aces compiled a 47-30-6 record, winning the 1996 MVC championship. The team, which he helped build, garnered an NCAA Tournament berth and a top 20 ranking.

Holmes holds a USSF ‘A’ level coaching license and is a member of the Region II staff for the Olympic Development Program. He serves as a staff coach for the Iowa Soccer Association, and also served as age group coach for both the 1978 and 1984 Region II teams. He was an assistant coach at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in St. Louis, Mo.

Holmes and his wife, Dr. Carrie Holmes, reside in Des Moines with their three sons, Matthew (16), Samuel (13) and Andrew (9).

Drake’s 2013 campaign continues to be a work in progress and for the Bulldogs they strive to learn lessons from every game, including their 4-1 setback on Sunday (Sept. 8) at Marquette in the finale of the Panther Invitational.

The Golden Eagles recorded goals in the 24th (23:37) and 27th minutes (26:07) to assume a 2-0 lead, one they never relinquished.

The Bulldogs outshot Marquette in the initial stanza, 7-4, including 3-2 on goal, but Drake was not able to find the back of the net.  Redshirt junior Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) provided the Bulldogs their best scoring chance in the first 45 minutes, but his shot was corralled by goalkeeper Charlie Lyon at the 11:33 mark.

Arde ignited Drake’s offense in the 53rd minute as his run resulted in a shot that sophomore Danton Irelan (Ottumwa, Iowa/Ottumwa) redirected past Lyons on a deflection at the 52:18 mark that cut the Bulldogs’ deficit to 2-1.

Just over 10 minutes later, Axel Sjoberg extended Marquette’s lead to 3-1 with a goal in the 63rd minute (62:32).

The Golden Eagles tacked on their final goal at the 87:16 mark to secure a 4-1 victory and the championship title of the Panther Invitational.

Marquette registered a 17-11 margin in shots in the tilt, including 13-4 in the second half. Arde and sophomore Alex Troester (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) directed Drake with three shots apiece.
Senior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) recorded four saves for the Bulldogs.

Drake earned a hard-fought 1-1 double-overtime tie versus Milwaukee last Friday (Sept. 6) in the Bulldogs’ opening game at the Panther Invitational.

Drake garnered a result in the affair versus a Panther’ squad that came into the game ranked No. 24 by Soccer America.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the contest when Laurie Bell delivered a ball from Robbie Neumann to the far post to beat goalkeeper Rich Gallagher at the 39:31 mark.

The Panthers took a 1-0 advantage into the intermission on the strength of a 7-5 first-half margin in shots.

Senior Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk) evened the tilt at one for Drake in the 66th minute (65:49) cleaning up a blocked shot in the box to best Panther goalkeeper Liam Anderson.  Earning the assist on the goal was Danton Irelan.

Senior Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) nearly scored at the 95:29 mark of the first overtime session, if not for a save by Anderson.

Drake was unable to manage another shot on goal in overtime and Gallagher stopped Bell in the 110th minute (109:48) with a save on the Panthers’ lone shot on goal in extra time.

Milwaukee bettered the Bulldogs in shots, 18-12, although the margin on frame was only 7-5.
Jarred Arde and sophomore Eric Williams (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) paced the Drake attack with a team-high three shots apiece. Gallagher recorded six saves for the Bulldogs.

• Drake garnered a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Milwaukee against a Panther squad that has already defeated No. 12 Marquette this season and has not lost at home to a non-conference opponent since 2011.
Danton Irelan has gotten off to a strong start for Drake as he paces the team in goals (2), assists (1) and points (5), while ranking second in shots on goal (3) and third in shots (5).
• Named to the Panther Invitational all-tournament team were freshman Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) and redshirt sophomore Alec Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy).
• Drake had made its shots count this season as 23 of its 46 shots have been on frame, led by four shots on goal by senior Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst).
• Senior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher’s eight combined saves versus Cal Poly and No. 14 Tulsa moved him into sixth place all-time at Drake in career saves.  He enters action versus Nebraska Omaha with 166 saves, 36 shy of surpassing Jordan Kadlec (2008-11) for fifth place all-time at Drake.
Rich Gallagher enters action this week ranked sixth, eighth, eighth, eighth, eighth and ninth, respectively, in career saves (166), shutouts (4), wins (10), minutes (2,856), games (33) and goals against average (1.83).
Addison Eck is Drake’s active career leader in goals (5), assists (6), points (16) and shots (41).  Nick Marshall leads active Bulldogs on the roster in games played (60) and contests started (56).
• Drake was tied or ahead after 90 minutes of play in all six of its MVC contests in 2012.  In those contests, Drake was 2-0 in regulation and 0-2-2 in overtime tilts.
Rich Gallagher’s 122 saves last season established a new single-season mark in school history.
• The Bulldogs are 34-12-8 since 2006 in home games, including 21-10-3 since 2009.
• Following its 4-2 setback versus Cal Poly, Drake is now 13-13-2 (.500) all-time in season openers, including 9-6-1 under head coach Sean Holmes.

The Bulldogs were involved in eight overtime games last season, including four of their six regular season MVC encounters.  This mark equaled a school record set in 1992, when the Bulldogs played in eight overtime contests, posting a 3-3-2 mark in those affairs.

Drake will hold its ninth annual alumni reunion in conjunction with the Bulldogs’ clash against Bradley at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Oct. 26.

Drake head coach Sean Holmes and the current Bulldogs welcome back all of the proud alumni that have contributed to the growth and development of the Drake men’s soccer tradition over the course of the program’s 28 years.

The Bulldogs are facing their sixth contest in program history on Sept. 13 when Drake squares off against Nebraska Omaha on Friday.  Drake is 2-3 on the date with victories over Loyola (1-0 in 1987) and DePaul (4-2 in 2000).

The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  As a team, Drake is 57th in saves per game (4.5) and 77th in total assists (4).  Individually, Rich Gallagher ranks 21st and 51st in total saves (18) and saves per game (4.5), while Danton Irelan is rated 49th and 71st in total goals (2) and total points (5).

The Bulldogs own a 0-3-1 mark in their first four contests, with two of the four occurring at home.  Three Drake players have registered a goal, with Danton Irelan leading the way with two goals, while Garrett Crall and Bryan Jantsch have each netted one tally.  Irelan leads the team in scoring with five points.  Jantsch, Irelan, redshirt freshman Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy) and Eric Williams pace Drake with six, five, five and five shots, respectively.  Rich Gallagher has been peppered by 72 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 18 saves.

The Bulldogs return an experienced squad this season as eight starters are back for a Drake team that finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-11-4 ledger, including 2-2-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Senior Addison Eck is the Bulldogs’ top-returning scorer after recording five goals and a team-high four assists in 2012.  Senior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher started all 21 games for Drake a year ago and pulled in a school-record 122 saves.

Drake senior Addison Eck and redshirt junior Jarred Arde were among 11 players tabbed by a vote of the seven Missouri Valley Conference head men’s soccer coaches as All-MVC Preseason first-team selections, the league announced on Monday (Aug. 26).

Eck started all 21 games for Drake in 2012 registering five goals, while adding a team-high four assists en route to honorable mention All-MVC honors.  He ranked second on the team in goals (5), points (14), shots (30), shots on goal (15) and game-winners (1).  Eck finished sixth in the MVC in assists (4), seventh in goals (5) and eighth in points per game (0.67).

Arde appeared in 21 games, including 17 starts for the Bulldogs a year ago en route to recording three goals and an assist.  He ranked third on the squad in goals (3), points (7) and shots (29).

Drake was picked to finish second in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 36 points and one first-place vote.  Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs was league favorite SIU Edwardsville (40 points).  Rounding out the poll were Evansville (36 points), Bradley (35 points), Missouri State (21 points), Central Arkansas (19 points) and Loyola (9 points).

A pair of Bulldogs were honored when College Sport Madness released its men’s soccer MVC preseason team.  Senior Addison Eck was tabbed as a first-team honoree, while senior Nick Marshall was chosen as a second-team selection.

Drake men’s soccer home games will now be streamed live on GoDrakeBulldogs.com over the True Blue TV platform.  The games are shot using a one-camera shoot and will be available on a subscription basis starting as low as $9.95 per month.  This subscription also includes access to other Drake streaming events such as volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and football games.

Drake closes its two-game homestand entertaining DePaul in a 7:00 p.m. tilt on Sept. 17 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

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