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Drake Looks To Regain Winning Form Facing Green Bay And SIU Edwardsville

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Release: October 14, 2013
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The Drake men’s soccer teams looks to rebound this week after suffering consecutive losses for the first time in over a month as the Bulldogs visit Green Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 15) before hosting preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite SIU Edwardsville at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Saturday (Oct. 19).  Drake squares off against the Phoenix in a 2:30 p.m. matinee affair with free live video available at www.horizonleague.org/live/9232.  The Bulldogs close their week with a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the Cougars on Saturday (Oct. 19).   

SCOUTING THE PHOENIX
Green Bay (6-3-3) saw its five-game unbeaten streak snapped after dropping a 3-0 decision at Cleveland State on Saturday (Oct. 12).  Senior Sam Krenzien directs the Phoenix attack with team highs in goals (8), points (20), shots (47) and shots on goal (23), while ranking second in assists (4). Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Ihn owns the majority of minutes in net for Green Bay recording 41 saves, while sporting one shutout.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
SIU Edwardsville (5-5-1, 1-0 MVC) is riding a two-game unbeaten streak entering the Cougars’ contest at South Florida on Tuesday (Oct. 15) after a garnering a 0-0 double-overtime tie at No. 14 Northwestern on Saturday (Oct. 12). Junior Christian Volesky spearheads the SIU Edwardsville attack registering team highs in goals (4), points (8), shots (36) and shots on goal (12). Senior goalkeeper John Berner owns 25 saves and a 0.88 goals against average this season en route to collecting four shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY
For the sixth time overall and first since 2008, Drake and Green Bay will square off in the regular season.  The Phoenix own a 4-1 series advantage with the Bulldogs posting a 1-0 victory in the last encounter on Sept. 14, 2008.

Saturday’s showdown between the top-two squads in this year’s Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll marks the 12th game between Drake and SIU Edwardsville.  The Cougars hold a 6-5 series lead and in the last meeting between the two sides collected a 2-1 overtime victory on Oct. 20, 2012.

THE COACHES
Green Bay: Dan Popik is in his second season at the helm of the Green Bay program, owning a 8-13-7 (.411) ledger.
SIU Edwardsville: Kevin Kalish is in his sixth campaign directing the Cougars registering a 46-42-15 (.519) record.
Drake: In his 16th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 133-134-33 mark (.498), including 211-160-35 (.563) overall, in his 20th year as a head coach.

DRAKE HEAD COACH SEAN HOLMES
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 133-134-33 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 211-160-35 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).

MISSOURI STATE UPENDS DRAKE, 2-0
A pair of first-half goals from Jack Roberts propelled Missouri State to a 2-0 men’s soccer victory over Drake on Saturday (Oct. 12) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Roberts gave the Bears an early 1-0 advantage on the strength of his third goal of the season in the seventh minute (6:48) of the contest.  Roberts was able spin around the Drake defender and beat redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) to the corner of the net for the score.

A defensive miscue in the middle third of the field enabled Andrew Turner to deliver a long pass into a sprinting Roberts in the box. Roberts got behind MacLeod to register this second tally of the evening at the 26:31 mark to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

Shots were at a premium in the tilt as each side recorded seven. Drake maintained a 4-3 advantage in the first half, while Missouri State recorded an identical 4-3 margin over the final 45 minutes.

Redshirt freshman Ben LeMay’s (Hugo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) two-shot performance led the Bulldogs. MacLeod registered a save in the affair.

BULLDOGS EDGED AT WISCONSIN, 3-2
Drake saw its four-game winning streak snapped last Tuesday (Oct. 8) as Wisconsin parlayed a pair of second-half goals into a 3-2 triumph over the Bulldogs.

The Badgers cracked the scoring column first in the game’s 13th minute (12:25) when Jacob Brindle recorded his third goal of the season off an assist from Nick Janus.

Wisconsin garnered a 4-2 differential in shots in the initial stanza to take a 1-0 lead into the second half.

The Badgers extended their advantage to 2-0 when Paul Yonga converted on a set piece from 35 yards out at the 60:59 mark.

Redshirt sophomore Alec Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) converted on his opportunity cutting Drake’s deficit to 2-1 registering his first career goal in the 81st minute (80:04) off an assist from redshirt freshman James Grunert (Muskego, Wis./Muskego).

A handball in the box was whistled against the Bulldogs at the 83:22 mark and Janus converted the penalty kick to provide Wisconsin a 3-1 lead.

Redshirt junior Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) closed out the scoring in the affair in the 85th minute (84:13) with his third goal on the campaign for Drake.

The Badgers posted a 13-8 margin in shots on the evening, including 6-2 on goal.

The game proved to be a physical contest highlighted by 30 combined fouls and four yellow cards being issued.

Ben LeMay led the Bulldogs with a team-high two shots. Darrin MacLeod recorded a pair of saves for Drake.

BULLDOG TIDBITS
• Drake’s top-three goal scorers in sophomore Danton Irelan (Ottumwa, Iowa/Ottumwa), Jarred Arde and Thomas Schermoly (Olathe, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) have registered 10 goals this season after combining for three goals a year ago and seven tallies in their combined Bulldog careers.
• Drake has been shut out three times at home this season marking the first time since 2004 that this has happened.
• Since starting the season 0-2, Drake has posted a 5-3-2 mark in its last 10 games.  In those contests, the Bulldogs are averaging 1.50 goals and 12.3 shots per game.
• The Bulldogs have gotten scoring contributions from 14 different players this season, led by Danton Irelan, Jarred Arde and Thomas Schermoly with four, three and three goals, respectively.
Danton Irelan has gotten off to a solid start for Drake pacing the team in goals (4), points (9).
• Drake’s contest versus Missouri State (Oct. 12) marked 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 six goal this season in nine games.  He leads the Missouri Valley Conference in save percentage (.846) and second in goals against average (0.80) and shutouts per game (0.44).
Alec Bartlett was selected as the MVC Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 30 - Oct. 6. He helped the Bulldogs extend their winning streak to four and unbeaten run to six as Drake garnered its fourth consecutive shutout with a 1-0 victory at Western Illinois (Oct. 1) before turning in a dominating 4-1 triumph at Evansville (Oct. 5).
• Drake swept the weekly MVC men’s soccer accolades for the period of Sept. 23-29 as senior Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst) 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 senior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin) 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.
• TopDrawerSoccer.com named Thomas Schermoly to its national team of the week on Oct. 8.
• 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.
• Named to the Panther Invitational all-tournament team were Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) and Alec Bartlett.
• 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 is Drake’s active career leaders in goals (7) while Addison Eck paces the squad in assists (8) and points (20).  Bryan Jantsch owns a team-best 55 career shots.  Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) leads active Bulldogs on the roster in games played (68) and contests started (64).
Rich Gallagher’s 122 saves last season established a new single-season mark in school history.
• The Bulldogs are 36-13-9 since 2006 in home games, including 23-11-4 since 2009.

DEFENSE HAS BEEN KEY
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 sophomore Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) along with goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod.  Over the last seven games, the Bulldogs have posted four shutouts.

SUNDAY PROVIDES SPARK FOR BULLDOGS
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 record a victory or a tie in six of the team’s last eight games, including recording four shutouts.  Through its first 12 games in 2013 with Sunday versus the initial 12 contests in 2012 without, Drake has reduced its opponents goals per game and shot percentage, while nearly equaling its shots on goal percentage.  
 
A TIME TO SHINE
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 35-21-9 record (.608), including a 2-2 mark this season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months in October.

IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 2, Green Bay 0 (Sept. 14, 2008)
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Hunter Kennedy’s goal in the 52nd minute allowed Drake to post a 1-0 victory at Green Bay.

Drake overcame a red card by goalkeeper Michael Drozd, 18 minutes into the match, to score its school-record sixth-straight victory.

Jordan Kadlec, making his first collegiate appearance in goal, replaced Drozd in the net for the final 72 minutes, recording three saves.

Kennedy beat two defenders for his game-winning goal that came on a sliding shot from eight yards off assists from Garrett Webb and Ryan Moylan at the 51:55 mark.

Kennedy and Matt Kuhn had two shots apiece for the Bulldogs, who had eight shots in the match.

SIU Edwardsville 2, Drake 1 (OT) (Oct. 20, 2012)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Drake was undone by a golden goal as Jared Tejada’s tally at the 95:20 mark lifted SIU Edwardsville to a 2-1 overtime victory past the Bulldogs.

The Cougars broke into the scoring column first in the affair when Brian Groark connected on a goal in the 13th minute (12:20) off an assist from Peter Kelly.

SIU Edwardsville outshot the Bulldogs in the initial stanza, 8-6, and held a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Drake registered the equalizer at the 54:07 mark off the foot of Addison Eck.  Eck’s fifth goal of the season was set-up by an assist from Bryan Jantsch.

The Cougars garnered a 21-12 advantage in shots in the affair, led by a four-shot effort from Tejada.  A game-high four shots from Eck paced the Drake attack.

Rich Gallagher registered eight saves for the Bulldogs.

DRAKE WELCOMES BACK ALUMNI
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.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake owns a 5-4 record in its previous nine contests on Oct. 15. The Bulldogs hold wins over US International (1988), Coastal Carolina (1993), Missouri State (1994), Western Kentucky (2004) and Oral Roberts (2011).

Drake will be playing for the ninth time in program history on Oct. 19 when it battles SIU Edwardsville on Saturday. The Bulldogs have registered a 4-3-1 mark in the previous eight games on the date.
 
NATIONALLY SPEAKING
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  As a team, Drake is 41st in saves per game (4.92), 58th in total goals (17), 60th in total assists (16), 62nd in total points (50), 68th in shutout percentage (0.33), 74th in assists per game (1.33), 76th in both scoring offense (1.42) and points per contest (4.17).  Individually, Darrin MacLeod ranks 15th in save percentage (.846) and 43rd in goals against average (0.798).

IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 3-2 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring away from home.  Six Drake players have registered a goal, with Thomas Schermoly leading the way with three goals, followed by seniors Bryan Jantsch and Nick Marshall along with Jarred Arde, Alec Barlett and Danton Irelan with one apiece. Schermoly leads the team in scoring with six points.  Arde, Schermoly, Addison Eck and Logan North pace Drake with eight, five, five and five shots, respectively.  Darrin MacLeod has been peppered by 67 shots in that span in goal and has posted 22 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
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 five losses, Drake has recorded 9.8 shots, 4.2 corner kicks and 3.2 saves, while surrendering 14.8 shots, 7.4 corner kicks and 3.2 saves.

BULLDOGS FIFTH IN NSCAA MIDWEST REGION POLL
Drake is rated No. 5 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Regional Poll released on Oct. 8.  Creighton is the regional leader, followed by UAB, Tulsa, Memphis, Drake, Bradley (T-5th), Evansville, Missouri State, Houston Baptist and Oakland.

EXPERIENCED SQUAD RETURNS FOR DRAKE
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.

BULLDOGS DUO EARNS PRESEASON ALL-MVC ACCOLADES
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).

PRESEASON MVC POLL TABS DRAKE SECOND
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).

BULLDOGS HONORED
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.

HOMES GAMES TO BE STREAMED LIVE
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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs host Bradley in a key MVC showdown on Oct. 26 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.  Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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