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Busy Week Ahead As Drake Visits Wisconsin Before Hosting Missouri State

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: October 07, 2013
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A challenging week is ahead for the Drake men’s soccer team as the Bulldogs travel to Wisconsin on Tuesday (Oct. 8) before opening their home Missouri Valley Conference slate versus Missouri State on Saturday (Oct. 12) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.  Drake enters the week maintaining a four-game winning and six-contest unbeaten streak, including four shutouts.  The showdowns with the Badgers and Bears are each slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Wisconsin (6-2-1) will be playing in its first game in nearly a week when it hosts the Bulldogs on Tuesday (Oct. 8) after registering a 1-0 home triumph past Marquette last Wednesday (Oct. 2).  Senior Nick Janus sparks the Badgers offensively, owning team-best marks in goals (5), points (10), shots (18), shots on goal (10) and game-winners (2). Redshirt freshman Casey Beyers had recorded 27 saves for Wisconsin and sports a 1.22 goals against average and a pair of shutouts.

Missouri State (5-3-1, 1-0 MVC) ended a three-game winless streak this past Friday (Oct. 4) with a 2-0 victory past Loyola in the conference opener for both schools. Junior Jack Roberts and redshirt sophomore Emmerich Hoegg lead the Bears with two goals apiece this fall. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg has recorded 18 saves and a 0.62 goals against average for the Bears, including posting four shutouts.

Drake is squaring off against Wisconsin for the 11th time with the Badgers maintaining an 8-2 series advantage. The Bulldogs have gotten the better of the recent meetings having won two of the last three encounters, including a 3-1 triumph at Wisconsin in 2008. In the last meeting between the Bulldogs and Badgers, Wisconsin posted a 3-1 victory in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 16, 2011.

Saturday’s tilt between Drake and Missouri State will be the 28th for the two schools, with the Bears maintaining a 12-10-5 series lead. A year ago, the Bulldogs posted their first victory at Missouri State since 2005 with a 1-0 triumph on Nov. 2, 2012.

Wisconsin: John Trask is in his fourth campaign directing the Badgers and owns a 26-30-12 (.471) record. In nine years as a head coach his career slate is 79-55-37 (.570).
Missouri State: Jon Leamy is in his 22nd season at the helm of the Missouri State program, owning a 214-156-43 (.570) ledger.
Drake: In his 16th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 133-132-33 mark (.502), including 211-158-35 (.566) 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 133-132-33 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 211-158-35 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).

Junior Thomas Schermoly’s (Olathe, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) three-goal performance sparked Drake to a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both schools on Saturday (Oct. 5).

Evansville assumed a 1-0 lead in the affair after Patrick Hodges headed in a corner kick from Faik Hajderovic at the 7:54 mark.

The Purples Aces maintained their advantage until Schermoly evened the affair at one connecting on his first goal of the season in the 26th minute (25:10).  Redshirt freshman Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) played the ball into Schermoly in the box, who took the pass and beat Evansville goalkeeper Eric Teppen from six yards out.

The score was tied at halftime, despite the Purple Aces owning an 11-5 advantage in shots in the initial stanza.

The Bulldogs took the lead for good when Schermoly delivered what proved to be the game-winning tally in the 49th minute (48:11).  Sophomore Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) played a long ball over the defense that Schermoly converted into a 2-1 Drake advantage.

The Bulldogs extended their margin to 3-1 after sophomore Danton Irelan (Ottumwa, Iowa/Ottumwa) recorded his team-leading fourth goal of the year at the 57:46 mark.  Earning the assist on the tally was senior Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst).

Schermoly capped off his scoring explosion with his third goal of the afternoon in the 80th minute (79:16).  Sophomore Brandon Welter (Mankato, Minn./Mankato East) was credited with the assist on the score.

Evansville posted a 21-9 advantage in shots in the game, including 9-5 on goal.  Drake made the most of its opportunities as four of the Bulldogs’ five shots on goal found the back of the net.

Schermoly led the Drake attack with a team-high three shots. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) made a game-high six saves for the Bulldogs, despite surrendering his first goal in six games this season.  Drake benefitted from a pair of team saves that thwarted Evansville scoring opportunities.

Senior Nick Marshall’s (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) first-half goal proved to be all the scoring Drake needed as the Bulldogs registered a 1-0 victory past Western Illinois last Tuesday (Oct. 1) to extend their shutout streak to four straight games.

Marshall staked the Bulldogs to a 1-0 advantage on the strength of his second goal of the season at the 8:18 mark.  Earning the assists on the tally were senior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin) and freshman Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West).  The assist for Sunday marked the first point in his collegiate career.

Drake posted a 7-4 advantage in shots in the initial stanza, including 3-0 on goal.

The Leathernecks’ offense surged in the second half outshooting the Bulldogs, 12-3, en route to recording a 16-10 margin for the game.

Darrin MacLeod made all of his game-high seven saves in the second half to extend his shutout streak to 380 minutes. Redshirt junior Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) led Drake with a game-high three shots.

• Drake’s contest versus Missouri State on Saturday (Oct. 12) will be the 300th game in head coach Sean Holmes’ Bulldog coaching career.
Thomas Schermoly’s hat trick at Evansville was the first for a Bulldog since Jesse Baker recorded three goals in a 3-2 triumph past No. 16 Creighton on Oct. 26, 2005.
Thomas Schermoly’s three-goal explosion also doubled his career goal output as he had not found the back of the net since recording three goals as a freshman in 2011.
• The four goals for Drake against the Purple Aces marked the most in a conference game for the Bulldogs since posting a 4-1 win at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 4, 2009.
• With its 4-1 victory at Evansville, Drake is now 8-9-6 all-time in league openers in The Valley, including 6-4-6 under head coach Sean Holmes.  Over the last 12 seasons, the Bulldogs are 6-0-6 in conference openers.
• Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod registered shutouts in his first four collegiate starts and has allowed only one goal this season in six games.  He leads the Missouri Valley Conference in goals against average (0.18), save percentage (.967) and shutouts per game (0.57).
• Drake swept the weekly MVC men’s soccer accolades for the period of Sept. 23-29 as Bryan Jantsch and Darrin MacLeod were named as the conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Jantsch registered the game-winning goal in the third minute (2:48) of Drake’s 1-0 victory past UMKC (Sept. 28). In only his third career start, MacLeod notched his third consecutive shutout with a five-save performance in a 1-0 win over the Kangaroos.
• Drake swept the weekly MVC accolades for the period of Sept. 16-22 as Addison Eck and redshirt freshman Darrin MacLeod were named as the conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Eck sparked the Bulldogs to back-to-back shutouts, including scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at No. 14 New Mexico (Sept. 20). MacLeod made a splash in his first two collegiate starts against DePaul and No. 14 New Mexico, registering 10 saves en route to posting back-to-back shutouts.
• Drake’s victory over No. 14 New Mexico was the first for the Bulldogs over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 13 Ohio State, 1-0 in overtime, in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
• Since starting the season 0-2, Drake has posted a 5-1-2 mark in its last eight games.  In those contests, the Bulldogs are averaging 1.62 goals and 13.5 shots per game.
• College Sports Madness named Darrin MacLeod its Madness Men’s Soccer MVC Player of the Week on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 after he registered shutouts in Drake’s games versus DePaul, No. 14 New Mexico and UMKC.
• The Bulldogs’ game with DePaul (Sept. 17) marked the 400th in the coaching career of Drake head coach Sean Holmes.
• The Bulldogs have gotten scoring contributions from 10 different players this season, led by Danton Irelan and Thomas Schermoly with four and three goals, respectively.
Danton Irelan has gotten off to a solid start for Drake as he paces the team in goals (4), points (9), while ranking third in shots (13).
• Named to the Panther Invitational all-tournament team were Mueng Sunday and redshirt sophomore Alec Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy).
• Drake had made its shots count this season as 60 of its 131 shots have been on frame, led by eight shots on goal by Bryan Jantsch and Addison Eck.
• Senior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher’s (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) eight combined saves versus Cal Poly and No. 14 Tulsa moved him into sixth place all-time at Drake in career saves.  He owns 172 career saves, 30 shy of surpassing Jordan Kadlec (2008-11) for fifth place all-time at Drake.
Rich Gallagher is ranked sixth, seventh, eighth, eighth, eighth, eighth and 10th, respectively, in career saves (172), minutes (2,932), shutouts (4), wins (10), games (33) and goals against average (1.87).
Jarred Arde, Addison Eck and Thomas Schermoly are Drake’s active career leaders in goals (6) while Eck paces the squad in assists (8) and points (20).  Bryan Jantsch owns a team-best 53 career shots.  Nick Marshall leads active Bulldogs on the roster in games played (66) and contests started (62).
Rich Gallagher’s 122 saves last season established a new single-season mark in school history.
• The Bulldogs are 36-12-9 since 2006 in home games, including 23-10-4 since 2009.

Redshirt sophomore Alec Bartlett was selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, the league announced on Monday (Oct. 7).

Bartlett was recognized with the weekly MVC honor for the first time in his Bulldog career.

Bartlett helped the Bulldogs extend their winning streak to four and unbeaten run to six this past week as Drake garnered its fourth consecutive shutout with a 1-0 victory at Western Illinois last Tuesday (Oct. 1) before turning in a dominating 4-1 triumph at Evansville on Saturday (Oct. 5).  

On the season, Bartlett has recorded four shots, including a pair on goal.

Drake’s recent resurgence can be tied to the continued development of its defensive corps led by Alec Bartlett, Nick Marshall, redshirt junior Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) and Austin Reutzel along with goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod.  Over the last five games, the Bulldogs have surrendered only one goal en route to posting four shutouts.

This past week, Drake garnered its fourth consecutive shutout with a 1-0 victory at Western Illinois before turning in a dominating 4-1 triumph at Evansville.  The Bulldogs’ defensive charge against the Leathernecks held its leading scorer to only three shots. 

After surrendering its first goal in more than 400 minutes early versus Evansville, Drake locked down defensively and kept the Purple Aces off the scoreboard.  This core was key in holding Evansville’s top-three leaders in shots and points to seven combined shots, none of which went on goal.  Bartlett and the Bulldogs also cleared out a pair of shots with team saves to hold the Purple Aces off the scoreboard after the game’s eighth minute.

Drake head coach Sean Holmes has been consistent in his praise of the play of freshman Mueng Sunday in the midfield for the Bulldogs this season.  His efforts have helped Drake roll off a six-game unbeaten streak in which the Bulldogs have recorded four shutouts and surrendered more than one goal only once.  Through its first 10 games in 2013 with Sunday versus the initial 10 contests in 2012 without, Drake has reduced its opponents goals per game, shot percentage and shots on goal percentage.  
The change of season has boded well for Drake over the years as the flipping of the calendar from September to October has ignited the Bulldogs into some of their best soccer of the season.  In Drake’s last 10 campaigns, including this fall, under head coach Sean Holmes, the Bulldogs own a 35-19-9 record (.627), including a 2-0 mark this season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months in October.

Wisconsin 3, Drake 1 (Sept. 16, 2011)
CHICAGO, Ill. - Unable to capitalize on its scoring opportunities, Drake suffered a 3-1 setback versus Wisconsin at the UIC Soccer Classic.

Offense was at a premium in the affair as the two teams combined for only 10 shots in the contest, including four by Drake.

The Badgers cracked the scoring column first at the 17:50 mark when Nick Janus played a ball from Tomislav Zadro from 12 yards out and finished to the far post beating goalkeeper Rich Gallagher.

The lead held until Joey Tennyson extended Wisconsin’s advantage to 2-0 on a goal in the 44th minute (43:58).

Trevor Wheeler tacked on a tally at the 58:20 mark to provide the Badgers with a 3-0 lead.

Charles Schwartz spoiled Wisconsin’s shutout bid connecting on his team-leading third goal of the campaign in the 61st minute (60:35). Thomas Ostrander earned the assist on the goal feeding the cross into Schwartz.

The Bulldogs received one shot apiece from Schwartz, Matt Kuhn, Nick Marshall and Erik Boyer. Gallagher recorded a save in the affair.

Drake 1, Missouri State 0 (Nov. 2, 2012)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - On the strength of Nick Marshall’s goal in the 76th minute (75:24), Drake registered a 1-0 road victory over Missouri State.

The triumph was the first for the Bulldogs in Springfield, Mo., against the Bears since 2005.

Missouri State outshot Drake in the affair, 17-3, including 4-2 on goal, but it was Marshall’s second goal of the season that propelled the Bulldogs to victory.

Michael Thaden led Drake with a team-best two shots. Rich Gallagher pulled in a game-high four saves for the Bulldogs.

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.

Drake will be playing for the ninth time in program history on Oct. 8 when it battles Wisconsin on Tuesday. The Bulldogs have registered a 5-1-2 mark in the previous seven games on the date, including a 1-0 triumph past Bradley in 2011.

For the fifth time the Bulldogs will square off on Oct. 12 when it battles Missouri State on Saturday. The Bulldogs have registered an 1-2-1 mark in the previous four games on the date.  Drake registered a 2-1 win at Evansville in 2011.
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  As a team, Drake is 17th in saves per game (5.5), 48th in shutout percentage (0.40), 49th in total assists (15), 54th in total points (45), 55th in assists per game (1.5), 55th in total goals (15), 66th in winning percentage (0.6) and 69th in both scoring offense (1.50) and points per contest (4.5).  Individually, Darrin MacLeod ranks first in goals against average (0.18) and save percentage (.967) and 71st in saves per game (4.14), while Danton Irelan is rated 85th in total goals (4).

The Bulldogs own a 4-0-1 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring away from home.  Five Drake players have registered a goal, with Thomas Schermoly leading the way with three goals, followed by seniors Addison Eck, Bryan Jantsch and Nick Marshall along with Danton Irelan with one apiece. Schermoly leads the team in scoring with six points.  Jantsch and Jarred Arde pace Drake with 10 and eight shots, respectively.  Darrin MacLeod has been peppered by 70 shots in that span in goal and has posted 28 saves.

In their five victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 12.0 shots, 3.0 corner kicks and 6.6 saves, while their opponents are recording 15.6 shots, 6.4 corner kicks and 3.0 saves.  In its three losses, Drake has recorded 11.3 shots, 4.3 corner kicks and 4.0 saves, while surrendering 18.0 shots, 9.0 corner kicks and 5.0 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 visits Green Bay on Oct. 15 for a 2:30 p.m. tilt before resuming league action hosting SIU Edwardsville on Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

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