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Bulldogs Step Out Of Conference For Showdowns At Creighton And UIC

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: October 29, 2013
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A pair of non-conference tilts await the Drake men’s soccer team this week as the Bulldogs travel to face Creighton and UIC (Illinois at Chicago) on Wednesday (Oct. 30) and Sunday (Nov. 3), respectively.  The contests could go a long way in bolstering Drake’s credentials for a possible NCAA Tournament at-large berth as the Bluejays and Flames are rated No. 16 and No. 36, respectively, in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, while the Bulldogs are ranked No. 50. Game time against Creighton is set for 7:00 p.m., while the contest at UIC begins at 1:00 p.m.

Creighton (7-6-2) made the jump to the Big East Conference this season after its long affiliation with the Missouri Valley Conference and the Bluejays have hit a rough patch recently having dropped four of their last five contests, including a 3-2 setback at Seton Hall last Saturday (Oct. 26). Sophomore Timo Pitter, the 2012 MVC Freshman of the Year, paces the Creighton attack with team-high marks in goals (5), points (12), shots (42) and shots on goal (15). Redshirt junior goalkeeper Alex Bolowich owns the bulk of minutes in goal for the Bluejays registering 49 saves en route to three shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average.

UIC (12-3) enters its contest with Oakland on Wednesday (Oct. 30) having registered wins in its last six games and nine of its last 10 overall. Senior Slobodan Aleksov paces the Flames’ attack with team highs in goals (7), points (17), shots (47), shots on goal (23) and game-winners (3). Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Putna has played every minute for UIC this season and has responded posting 36 saves and a 0.78 goals against average en route to collecting eight shutouts.

Drake and Creighton renew their rivalry for the 34th time on Wednesday (Oct. 30) when the two sides collide in Omaha, Neb.  The Bluejays own a 22-8-3 series advantage with Creighton garnering results in a pair of meetings last season.  The Bulldogs and Bluejays played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in the regular season on Sept. 29, 2012, at the Cownie Soccer Complex, before Creighton collected a 3-2 double-overtime triumph in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship semifinals on Nov. 9, 2012 in Peoria, Ill.

For the fifth time overall, Drake faces off against UIC. The two teams have split the previous four meetings, with the Flames notching a 3-1 triumph on Oct. 13, 2012 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Creighton: Elmer Bolowich is in his third season at the helm of the Bluejay program, owning a 45-12-6 (.762) ledger. In 25 years as a head coach he owns a 325-156-46 (.660) mark.
UIC: Sean Phillips is in his fourth campaign directing the Flames registering a 35-28-5 (.551) record.
Drake: In his 16th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 136-134-34 mark (.505), including 214-160-36 (.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 136-134-34 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 214-160-36 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, Samuel and Andrew.

Sophomore Eric Williams (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) picked an opportune time to score his first two goals of the season as his efforts sparked Drake to a 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference victory past Bradley on Senior Night on Saturday (Oct. 26) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs and Braves battled through a scoreless first half with Bradley registering a 9-5 advantage in shots in the game’s initial 45 minutes.

Drake broke the stalemate in the 60th minute (59:25) when Williams connected on a header at the top of the six-yard box that beat Braves’ goalkeeper Brian Billings.  The goal was set-up as a result of passes from redshirt sophomore Alec Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) into senior Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst) before Williams connected on his first goal of the season.

Williams extended Drake’s lead to 2-0 delivering a nearly identical goal at the 65:01 mark off an assist from Jantsch.

The Braves cut the deficit in half in the 77th minute (76:48) when Christian Okeke sent a laser that sailed past the goal line before being knocked out by a diving redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic).

The Bulldogs were able to contain the Braves’ pressure, including a pair of shots on goal over the final 13:12, to secure a 2-1 victory.

Bradley finished the affair posting a 20-10 margin in shots, including 11-5 in the second half.

Senior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin) paced the Bulldogs with a team-high three shots. MacLeod recorded seven saves for Drake, including four in the second half.  

Drake was able to avoid the upset bid in its showdown at Loyola last Wednesday (Oct. 23), but was unable to come away with the victory as the Bulldogs battled the Ramblers to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at the Loyola Soccer Park.

Drake had its best chance to win the game in the waning seconds of the second overtime as redshirt freshman Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy) was unable to convert on his 1v1 opportunity versus Loyola goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski.

The Bulldogs benefitted from a pair of stellar saves from goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod in overtime that kept the contest tied and allowed LeMay the opportunity at scoring the game-winning tally.

The two sides waged a scoreless first half with Loyola garnering an 8-5 advantage in shots.

The pace of play in the tilt picked up after halftime as the two sides combined for 19 second-half shots.

The Bulldogs finally capitalized at the 71:39 mark when senior Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) headed in a corner kick by redshirt junior Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) for his third goal of the season.

The Ramblers evened the contest at one in the 86th minute (85:04) when Brian Bement connected on his team-leading fifth goal of the campaign.

Each team recorded three shots in overtime, but neither side was able to pull out the result. The Ramblers finished the tilt posting a 19-13 margin in shots. Marshall paced the Bulldogs with a four-shot effort. MacLeod recorded a career-high 10 saves in the affair for Drake, including all but one in the second half and overtime.

Drake is the highest-rated team in the Missouri Valley Conference in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released on Oct. 28.  The Bulldogs check in at No. 50 and are followed by Bradley (No. 69), Missouri State (No. 84), Evansville (No. 95), Central Arkansas (No. 130), SIU Edwardsville (No. 145) and Loyola (No. 161).

Drake goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod was selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday (Oct. 28). The accolade marks the third time this season that MacLeod has been bestowed with the weekly honor.

MacLeod turned in a strong week for Drake recording 17 saves and posting a 0.90 goals against average en route to collecting a 1-0-1 mark.

In the Bulldogs’ 1-1 double-overtime tie at Loyola last Wednesday (Oct. 23), MacLeod made a career-high 10 saves, including all but one in the second half and overtime.  He made three stops alone in overtime.

He followed with a seven-save performance in a 2-1 win over Bradley on Saturday (Oct. 26). Four of his stops came in the second half, including a pair after the Braves had cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 2-1 at the 76:48 mark.

On the season, MacLeod has recorded 56 saves and sports a 0.77 goals against average and five shutouts.

• Drake is riding a four-game unbeaten streak, during which five different Bulldogs have registered goals and goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod has made 23 saves and owns a 0.71 goals against average.
• The Bulldogs’ 3-1-1 mark to start conference play represents its best league record through five games since posting a 4-1 mark during the 2009 campaign.
• Led by goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod, Drake has registered five shutouts this season, its highest total since recording eight in 2009.
• Drake has gotten unexpected offensive production this season as sophomore Danton Irelan (Ottumwa, Iowa/Ottumwa), Jarred Arde, Nick Marshall, junior Thomas Schermoly (Olathe, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Bryan Jantsch lead the Bulldogs with four, four, three, three and three goals, respectively.  The quintet entered the season with a combined 11 career goals, four apiece from Arde and Marshall and three by Schermoly.
• 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 8-3-4 mark in its last 14 games.  In those contests, the Bulldogs are averaging 1.50 goals and 12.4 shots per game.
• The Bulldogs have gotten scoring contributions from 15 different players this season.
• 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 nine goals this season in 13 games.  He leads the Missouri Valley Conference in save percentage (.862), second in goals against average (0.77) and third in shutouts (0.38) and saves (4.31) per game.
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 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 and 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.
Addison Eck was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 25 for his performances versus DePaul and New Mexico.
• 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 (8) and points (20), while Addison Eck paces the squad in assists (8) and points (20).  Bryan Jantsch owns a team-best 63 career shots.  Nick Marshall leads active Bulldogs on the roster in games played (72) and contests started (68).
Rich Gallagher’s 122 saves last season established a new single-season mark in school history.
• The Bulldogs are 38-13-9 since 2006 in home games, including 25-11-4 since 2009.

Drake held its ninth annual alumni reunion in conjunction with the Bulldogs’ clash against Bradley this past Saturday (Oct. 26). Drake head coach Sean Holmes and the current Bulldogs welcomed 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’s conference showdown against Bradley represented Senior Day for seniors Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk), Addison Eck, Rich Gallagher, Bryan Jantsch, Nick Marshall and Jackson Teeling (Waukee, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) along with fourth-year juniors Jarred Arde, Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) and Kevin Wilson (Ballwin, Mo./Chaminade College Prep).  The group was recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.

Crall has appeared in 57 career games owning three goals. The Bulldogs’ active leader in assists and points is Eck with eight and 20, respectively. 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). Jantsch is Drake’s active leader in shots (63), while also recording three goals and seven assists. Marshall leads active Bulldogs on the roster in games played (72) and contests started (68) and has registered seven goals and four assists. Teeling has appeared in 27 games, posting four career shots.  Arde is Drake’s active leader in career goals (8) and in points (20), while ranking second in shots (61) and game-winners (2). North has started 40 of the 56 games he has played as a Bulldogs, registering a goal and four assists on 27 shots.  Wilson has appeared in one career contest as a Bulldog.

Drake’s recent resurgence can be tied to the continued development of its defensive corps led by Alec Bartlett, Nick Marshall, Logan North, sophomore Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) and redshirt freshman James Grunert (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) along with goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod.  Over the last 11 games, the Bulldogs have posted five shutouts.

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 eight of the team’s last 10 games, including recording four shutouts.  Through its first 16 games in 2013 with Sunday versus the initial 16 contests in 2012 without, Drake has reduced its opponents goals per game and shot and shots on goal percentages.

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 38-21-10 record (.623), including a 5-2-1 mark this season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months in October.

Creighton 3, Drake 2 (2OT) (Nov. 9, 2012)
PEORIA, Ill. - A goal by Vincent Keller at the 106:31 mark in double overtime lifted No. 12 Creighton to a 3-2 victory past Drake in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 9, 2012 at Shea Stadium.

Jarred Arde nearly gave Drake the triumph 40 seconds into the second overtime, but Jeff Gal made the stop on his effort for the Bluejays.

Jake Brown delivered a strike for Creighton in the 104th minute (103:37) that was pulled in by goalkeeper Rich Gallagher.

The Bluejays then secured their berth in the MVC title game on Keller’s heroics.  Earning assists on the tally were Eric Miller and Brent Kallman.

Creighton won the battle of the shots in the affair, 25-15, including 14-6 on goal.

Michael Thaden directed Drake’s offensive efforts with a game-high five shots.  Adding four and three shots, respectively, were Brian Grand and Arde. Gallagher corralled a game-high nine saves in the affair.

The showdown between two venerable MVC combatants started as a spirited affair with Creighton nearly cracking the scoring column first in the tilt as a shot by Sean Kim in the 28th minute (27:27) got through the hands of Gallagher and nearly crossed the goal line before a lunging team save by Alec Bartlett cleared the ball out and ended the threat.

Grand nearly fed Thomas Schermoly for a Drake goal at the 30:52 mark, but Gal made the save to thwart the scoring opportunity.

Grand took matters into his own hands in the 33rd minute (32:35) mark registering his second goal of the season to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead, off an assist from Nick Marshall.

Creighton outshot the Bulldogs in the initial stanza, 12-7.  Gallagher pulled in four saves in the first half to send the Bulldogs into the intermission with a 1-0 lead.

The advantage held until Gomez tied the game at one in the 56th minute (55:34) with a blast from the middle of the 18-yard box. Timo Pitter earned the assist on the tally.

Momentum swung into Creighton’s favor after the goal as 34 seconds later Eric Miller connected on a header in front of the right post at the 56:08 mark off a pass from Jose Ribas to put the Bluejays ahead 2-1.

Responding, Thaden squared the contest at two unleashing a rocket past Gal for a goal in the 60th minute (59:28), following a corner from Addison Eck. A shot by Bruno Castro at the 86:39 mark nearly gave Creighton the late lead but a team save by Jackson Teeling cleared the ball out.  The Bluejays’ follow-up shot did go in the goal, but it was waved off after a handball on Creighton.

Drake 0, Creighton 0 (2OT) (Sept. 29, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - On the strength of nine saves from goalkeeper Rich Gallagher, Drake registered a 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 12 Creighton at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The Bluejays got off to fast start in the affair recording the game’s first six shots before Jon Choda, notched Drake’s first shot at the 22:41 mark.

Creighton went on to hold a 11-5 margin in shots in the initial 45 minutes of play.

The Bulldogs picked up their offensive pace in the second half registering eight shots, but were bettered 13-8 by the Bluejays.

Gallagher came up with arguably the biggest save of the game in the 67th minute (66:20) flying in the air to his right to spear the shot fired by Christian Blandon to maintain the shutout.

Creighton outshot Drake in overtime, 4-2, en route to owning a 30-15 advantage in the affair, including 9-1 on goal.

Garnering the Bulldogs’ shot attempts in double-overtime were Eric Williams and Jarred Arde.

Alex Troester (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) paced the Drake attack with a three-shot performance. Gallagher pulled in nine saves for the Bulldogs.

UIC 3, Drake 1 (Oct. 13, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Surrendering three second-half goals, Drake dropped a 3-1 decision versus UIC (Illinois at Chicago) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs came out of the gates with a strong start in the tilt but struggled to get shots off against a pesky UIC squad.

Neither side was able to garner a goal in the opening 45 minutes, with the Flames owning a 7-1 advantage in shots during the initial stanza.

Zach Kaleta broke the stalemate connecting on his second goal of the year at the 46:20 mark to give UIC a 1-0 lead.  The tally was set-up by an assist from Jorge Alvarez.

Addison Eck drew a foul in the box for Drake in the 52nd minute (51:45) that resulted in a penalty kick.

Michael Thaden stepped forward and nailed the kick to square the game at one on the strength of his team-leading fifth goal of the year.

The Flames regained the lead, 2-1, at the 74:43 mark, when Slobodan Aleksov registered the game-winning goal, his third of the year.

UIC tacked on an insurance tally in the 85th minute (84:58) on Ivan Stanisavljevic’s goal.  Jesus Torres earned the assist on the score.

The Flames posted an 18-8 advantage in shots in the affair.  Thomas Schermoly paced the Drake attack with a team-high two shots. Rich Gallagher pulled in eight saves for the Bulldogs. 

Drake owns a 1-2 record in its previous three games played on Oct. 30. The Bulldogs lone victory came in its last encounter on the date in 2010, a 2-1 win over Central Arkansas.

Drake will be playing for the seventh time in program history on Nov. 3 when it battles UIC on Sunday. The Bulldogs have registered a 1-3-2 mark in the previous six games on the date, including ties in their last two contests versus Bradley and Creighton in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  As a team, Drake is 33rd in saves per game (5.13), 35th in total assists (23), 46th in total goals (23), 48th in total points (69), 53rd in assists per game (1.44), 61st in winning percentage (.594), 69th points per contest (4.31), 70th in scoring offense (1.44), 80th in shutout percentage (0.31) and 82nd in save percentage (.774).  Individually, Darrin MacLeod ranks eighth in save percentage (.862), 35th in goals against average (0.767), 55th in total saves (56) and 68th in saves per game (4.31).

The Bulldogs own a 3-1-1 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring at home.  Five Drake players have registered a goal, with Eric Williams leading the way with two goals, followed by Jarred Arde, Bryan Jantsch, Nick Marshall and Ben LeMay with two, one, one, one and one goal, respectively. Jantsch and Williams lead the team in scoring with four points each.  Arde, Jantsch and Marshall pace Drake with nine shots apiece.  Darrin MacLeod has been peppered by 62 shots in that span in goal and has posted 24 saves.

In their eight victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 12.2 shots, 3.9 corner kicks and 5.8 saves, while their opponents are recording 14.2 shots, 5.5 corner kicks and 3.1 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 3.0 saves.

Drake is rated No. 4 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Regional Poll released on Oct. 29.  UAB is the regional leader, followed by Tulsa, Drake, Missouri State, Memphis, Evansville, Bradley, Oakland and Houston Baptist.

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.

The Bulldogs close out their regular season visiting Central Arkansas for a 7:00 p.m. tilt on Nov. 8.

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