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Drake Visits The Great Northwest To Open 2014 Campaign

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Release: August 19, 2014
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The Drake women’s soccer team is set to begin its 2014 campaign this weekend as the Bulldogs travel to Portland, Ore., to compete at the Portland State Tournament. Drake kicks off its 13th season of intercollegiate soccer battling Boise State in a 5:00 p.m. CT tilt on Friday (Aug. 22).  A 12:00 p.m. CT showdown with Utah Valley on Sunday (Aug. 24) closes the Bulldogs’ season-opening road trip.  

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS
Boise State (0-0) returns seven starters from a 2013 squad that registered a 13-7-3 record a season ago, including a 6-3-1 mark in the Mountain West Conference. Junior Brooke Heidemann and redshirt sophomore Kayla Tucker were the Broncos’ top-two leading scorers in 2013 recording nine and five goals, respectively. Graduated senior goalkeeper Maddy Mcdevitt logged the majority of minutes in goal for Boise State registering 69 saves and a 0.78 goals against average en route to collecting nine shutouts.

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Utah Valley (0-0) recorded a 9-10-1 ledger a season ago, including a 7-4-1 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The Wolverines were led by seven goals apiece from Haley Curtis and Natalie Baker, while junior Kali Stubbs registered six goals. Lauren Sack turned in the majority of minutes in goal in 2013, pulling in 93 saves, while owning a 1.54 goals against average and four shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY
Drake is meeting both Boise State and Utah Valley for the first time in program history.

THE COACHES
Boise State: Jim Thomas is in his second campaign directing the Broncos. He has registered a 13-7-3 (.630) ledger at Indiana State.  

Utah Valley: Brent Anderson is in his ninth season as head coach at Utah Valley. He owns a 73-79-8 (.481)mark while leading the Wolverines.  

Drake: In her seventh season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 46-53-19 record (.470).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her seventh season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 46-53-19 record as head coach after serving five seasons (2003-08) as assistant coach for the Bulldogs.

Horner was named to her position on April 10, 2008, becoming only the second head coach for women’s soccer, which began as a varsity sport in 2002.

Drake faced a challenging 2013 campaign in which 15 of the Bulldogs’ 20 games were decided by a goal or less en route to posting a 3-12-5 ledger.

Despite the record, Drake advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship for the first time since 2009 after besting Loyola on the road in the quarterfinal round via penalty kicks.

Three Bulldogs were recognized by the conference for their play on the field as Megan Fisher was honored as first-team All-MVC for the third consecutive year, while Rebecca Rodgers collected second-team All-MVC recognition. Rodgers and Sarah Grace Nicholson were tabbed to the All-Freshman team.

Off the field, Emma Winstead was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team. Recognized for the 11th consecutive campaign by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as a College Team Academic Award Winner, the Bulldogs were distinguished for maintaining a team grade point average of 3.42 for the 2012-13 academic year.

Drake was honored for the fifth straight year by the NSCAA with a Team Ethics Award. The Bulldogs were recipients of the Bronze award in 2013 after garnering bronze, silver, silver and bronze accolades following the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 campaigns, respectively.

Horner, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, was a four-year letterwinner at Kansas, being named the Jayhawks’ most valuable offensive player as a senior in 2000. She was an all-academic Big 12 Conference selection in the spring of 2001 and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree from the school of education, majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in sports management. She earned a master’s degree in adult learning and organizational performance with an emphasis in leadership at Drake.

Horner holds a Premier Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA and an ‘A’ license from USSF.

DRAKE REGISTERS 6-0 EXHIBITION WIN OVER GRAND VIEW
Drake garnered goals from five different players en route to registering a 6-0 exhibition triumph past Grand View this past Saturday (Aug. 16) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

In a contest that featured three, 30-minute periods, 19 Drake players saw action against the Vikings, including seven newcomers.

The Bulldogs broke into the scoring column first in the affair when sophomore Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) collected the first of her two goals on the evening at the 24:39 mark.

Earning the assist on the tally was senior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North).

Drake outshot Grand View in the initial period, 5-3.

Junior Kylie DeHaven (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East) extended the Bulldogs’ advantage to 2-0 in the 44th minute (43:19) delivering on a penalty kick.

In the second stanza, Drake recorded a 7-2 margin in shots.

The Bulldogs posted a 12-1 advantage in shots during the last 30 minutes en route to registering four goals to account for the final 6-0 margin.

Stokes pushed Drake’s lead to 3-0 at the 63:44 mark, striking a ball past goalkeeper Morgan Buzzell off a serve from the corner of the box from freshman Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston).

In the 69th minute (68:41), freshman Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) connected on a goal from the top of the box to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.

Rodgers and freshman Addie Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Platte County) capped the scoring for Drake with tallies at the 80:27 and 85:46 marks, respectively. Rodgers’ goal came when she connected on a deflection off the post, while freshman Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind./Kankakee Valley) flicked the ball into the box for Jenkins to convert in the game’s final goal.

The Bulldogs outshot the Vikings in the affair, 24-6, including 12-3 on goal. Rodgers recorded a game-high eight shots, while Stokes and Salisbury added four and three shots, respectively.

Freshman Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa/Valley) and sophomore Kylynn Moyer (Omaha, Neb./Millard North) nearly split the minutes in goal for Drake, with the duo combining to make three saves.

BULLDOGS EDGED 2-1 BY MILWAUKEE
Drake opened its exhibition campaign on Aug. 12 and came up on the short end of a competitive showdown with 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Milwaukee as a pair of second-half goals lifted the Panthers to a 2-1 victory.

Rebecca Rodgers accounted for the Bulldogs’ lone tally in the affair, getting past the Panthers’ defense and beating Milwaukee goalkeeper Paige Lincicum 1v1 at the 24:09 mark to give Drake a 1-0 lead. Earning the assist on the goal was senior Tori Flynn (O’Fallon, Mo./St. Joseph Academy).

The Bulldogs took the advantage into the intermission as each side registered five shots in the initial stanza.

Anna Smalley netted the equalizer for the Panthers in the 55th minute (54:05) before Sydney Senn scored the game-winning tally for Milwaukee at the 70:05 mark.

The Bulldogs were outshot in the affair 13-9, including 6-5 on net.

Ashlie Stokes and Rodgers led Drake with a team-high two shots apiece.  Five other Bulldogs recorded one shot apiece.

Playing 45 minutes apiece in goal, Haley Morris and Kylynn Moyer registered one and three saves respectively.

IN SEASON OPENERS
In their previous 12 season lidlfiters, the Bulldogs have been challenged by Arizona (twice), Eastern Michigan, Florida, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa (twice), North Dakota State, Iowa State (twice) and Northern Illinois and own a 3-8-1 mark.  Drake’s three victories have come over Eastern Michigan in 2003 (2-0), North Dakota State in 2009 (2-1 in OT) and Northern Illinois in 2012 (2-1).

Friday’s showdown with Boise State marks the first time Drake has opened on the road since battling Iowa State in Ankeny, Iowa, in 2010.   

DRAKE TIDBITS
Rebecca Rodgers’ five goals last season represented the highest total for a Drake rookie since Paige Dusek recorded five in 2010.
Rebecca Rodgers’ 48 shots last fall matched Sarah Foote (2004) for the third-highest total for a Drake freshman.
• Senior Ashlie Stokes is ranked seventh, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Drake career record book in goals (12), points (29) and shots (123). Senior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) enters the campaign rated 10th in career goals (9).
• Fifteen of Drake’s 20 games last season were decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning a pair of wins and five ties in those 15 contests.
Ashlie Stokes is Drake’s active career leaders in goals (12), points (29), shots (123), assists (5) and game-winning goals (6), while Generve Charles ranks second in goals (9), points (21) and shots (75).
Ashlie Stokes, Generve Charles, Rebecca Rodgers and Rhian Pritchard have registered 123, 75, 48 and 45 career shots, respectively.
Tori Flynn leads active Bulldogs in games played (54) and contests started (52).
Kylie DeHaven and Rebecca Rodgers have started every game they have appeared in a Drake uniform during their respective careers. The duo has started 40 and 19 contests, respectively.
• The Bulldogs have continued their solid play at home under seventh-year head coach Lindsey Horner, having gone 30-20-6 in her six seasons.
• Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 83 games in her first six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including 15 of 19 last season.

CHARLES NAMED TO HAITIAN NATIONAL TEAM
Drake senior Generve Charles was recently named to the Haitian National Soccer Team for the inaugural Caribbean Women’s Cup to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from Aug. 19-26, 2014.

The Haitian National Soccer Team will open the eight-team tournament for the region’s championship that is also doubling as a qualifying competition for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted by Canada next year against Bermuda on Aug. 19.

The team will also square off against Puerto Rico and Jamaica in group play on Aug. 21 and 23, respectively. The championship and third-place matches will occur on Aug. 26.

Trinidad and Tobago will be joined by the five first-round group winners; Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Jamaica, Haiti and Martinique, plus the top two first-round runners-up; Puerto Rico and St. Kitts & Nevis.

The winner and runner-up from both Group A and Group B will earn places at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will determine the Confederation’s World Cup representatives later this year in the United States.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake is playing in its second-ever contest on Aug. 22 when it battles Boise State on Friday. In 2010, the Bulldogs garnered a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Green Bay on the date. Drake is also facing its second-ever showdown on Aug. 24 when it squares off versus Utah Valley on Sunday. In 2012, the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision at SIU Edwardsville.

IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs owned a 1-3-1 mark over their last five contests in 2013, with three of the five occurring away from home.  Rebecca Rodgers and Ashlie Stokes each owned a goal for Drake in those games.  Rodgers and Stokes led the team in scoring in that span with two points apiece, while Kylie DeHaven and Emma Winstead each added a point.  Paige Dusek, Stokes, Kayla Armstrong, Rhian Pritchard and Rodgers paced the Bulldogs with 18, 11, eight, eight and seven shots, respectively.  Andrea Swanson was peppered by 70 shots in that span in goal and recorded 30 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their three victories last season, the Bulldogs recorded 16.3 shots, 4.7 corner kicks and 2.7 saves per game, while their opponents posted 7.3 shots, 5.0 corner kicks and 6.3 saves.  In its 12 losses, Drake averaged 14.3 shots, 4.0 corner kicks and 5.2 saves, while surrendering 15.4 shots, 5.5 corner kicks and 5.0 saves.

YOUTHFUL SQUAD RETURNS FOR DRAKE
The Bulldogs return a youthful squad this season as six starters and 13 letterwinners are back for a Drake team that finished the 2013 campaign with a 3-12-5 ledger. Sophomore Rebecca Rodgers paced the Bulldogs with a team-high five goals last season, while senior Ashlie Stokes added four goals. Junior Kylie DeHaven and Stokes each collected a team-best two assists in 2013.

A 25-member Drake roster is highlighted by the addition of a high-profile group of 10 newcomers that are set to garner their first action on the pitch this fall.

Included among the returnees are Drake’s six starters from the close of the 2013 campaign, led by the Bulldogs’ second-leading point producers last season in Rodgers and Stokes. Complimenting that duo are sophomore Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier), DeHaven, junior Rhian Pritchard and senior Tori Flynn. Drake also will welcome the return of fifth-year senior Generve Charles, who missed the entire 2013 campaign due to injury.

Drake is also expecting strong contributions from the remaining core of its returnees in senior Spencer Vasey (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston), who missed the 2013 campaign due to injury, along with juniors Mariah Boncek (Fishers, Ind./Fishers), Alex Freeman (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East), Alex Hanna (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and Emma Winstead (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) and sophomores Kylynn Moyer, Sarah Grace Nicholson and Tricia White (Overland Park, Kan./Notre Dame de Sion).

RODGERS EARNS PRESEASON ALL-MVC ACCOLADES
Drake sophomore Rebecca Rodgers was among 11 players tabbed by a vote of the seven Missouri Valley Conference head women’s soccer coaches as All-MVC Preseason first-team selections, the league announced on Aug. 15.

Rodgers, who started all 19 games she appeared in for Drake as a freshman, led the Bulldogs in goals (5), while ranking second and third, respectively, in points (10), shots on goal (21) and shots (48) en route to earning second-team All-MVC and All-Freshman team accolades. Her 48 shots matched Sarah Foote for the third-highest total by a Drake freshman in program history. She also ranked eighth, eighth, eighth, 10th, respectively, in the MVC in shots (48), goals (5), goals per game (0.26) and points (10).

PRESEASON MVC POLL TABS DRAKE SIXTH
Drake was picked to finish sixth in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 14 points. Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs were league favorite Illinois State (48 points), followed Indiana State (37 points), Loyola (32 points), Evansville (26 points), Missouri State (26 points). Northern Iowa (13 points) rounded out the poll.

BULLDOGS HONORED
A pair of Bulldogs were honored when College Sport Madness released its women’s soccer Missouri Valley Conference preseason team. Senior Ashlie Stokes and sophomore Rebecca Rodgers were tabbed as preseason first-team selections.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
Andrea Swanson finished the 2013 campaign nationally-ranked at No. 40 and No. 68 in the NCAA in total saves (103) and saves per game (5.15), respectively.

UP NEXT
Drake opens its home campaign hosting Saint Louis and Fresno State at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Aug. 29 and Aug. 31, respectively.
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