The Drake men's soccer team opens the home portion of its schedule this weekend hosting Loyola and Marquette at the Cownie Soccer Complex. The contests serve as the only home dates for the Bulldogs in their first 10 games of the 2012 campaign. Drake will battle Loyola on Friday (Aug. 31) before opening the month of September facing Marquette on Sunday (Sept. 2) at 2:00 p.m. The tilt with the Golden Eagles will start following the conclusion of the Drake Women's Soccer showdown with North Dakota State that begins at 12:00 p.m.
SCOUTING THE RAMBLERS
Loyola (0-1) comes into play this weekend seeking its initial victory of the season after dropping a 2-1 overtime home decision versus Central Arkansas last Friday (Aug. 24). Sophomore Andrew Raymonds notched the Ramblers' lone tally and is tied for the team lead with three shots. Freshman goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski posted six saves in the season opener and sports a 1.96 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Marquette (2-0), who is receiving votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top-25 poll, enters action this week after opening the season with a 3-2 home win over Milwaukee last Friday (Aug. 24) and a 1-0 road triumph last Sunday (Aug. 26) at Green Bay. Four different Golden Eagles have registered goals for Marquette this season. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Lyon has recorded three saves while owning a 1.00 goals against average.
IN HOME OPENERS
Drake eyes its fifth consecutive triumph in a home opener after defeating UMKC, 2-1, in overtime last season. The Bulldogs own a 16-10-0 ledger all-time in home lidlifters, including 11-3-0 under head coach Sean Holmes.
The Bulldogs are meeting Loyola for the seventh time in school history with Drake maintaining a 5-1 series lead. In the last meeting in 2011, the Bulldogs garnered a 2-1 road victory.
Drake is squaring off with Marquette the ninth time in program history with the Golden Eagles owning a 5-2-1 series advantage. The Bulldogs registered a 2-0 home triumph over Marquette in the last meeting between the schools on Sept. 6, 2009.
Loyola: Brendan Eitz is in his eighth season leading the Ramblers' program and maintains a 56-60-20 record (.485), while owning a 122-179-32 ledger (.414) in 18 years overall as a head coach.
Marquette: Louis Bennett is in his seventh campaign directing the Golden Eagles and owns a 28-64-18 (.336) record, while maintaining a 164-127-35 (.557) mark in 17 years as a head coach.
Drake: In his 15th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 122-120-27 mark (.504), including 200-146-29 (.572) overall, in his 19th 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 15th campaign directing the Bulldogs' fortunes.
During Holmes' 15-year tenure, the Bulldogs have posted a 122-120-27 record, building a legacy of excellence on Drake's campus and in the Missouri Valley Conference. In 19 years as a head coach, he has amassed a 200-146-29 overall record.
His 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, who were first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selections, seven Drake student-athletes garnered All-MVC accolades. Seniors Hunter Kennedy and Thomas Ostrander, along with sophomore Garrett Crall, were tabbed second-team selections, while senior Jordan Kadlec was recognized as honorable mention. Capping a stellar campaign with All-Freshman team accolades was Kyle Whigham.
Kuhn, an MLS supplemental draft selection by DC United, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team, and joined Ostrander on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar 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/National Soccer Coaches Association of America (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 featured a young core of players facing arguably Drake's most challenging schedule ever, playing the likes of national powers Michigan, Indiana, Notre Dame, Saint Louis and UC Irvine.
Infused with 14 newcomers, 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 named as a first team All-MVC men's soccer selection, led eight Drake student-athletes garnering All-MVC accolades. Ostrander and junior Michael Thaden were tabbed second-team selections, while Kadlec and Schwartz were recognized as honorable mention recipients.
Capping stellar freshman campaigns with All-Freshman team accolades were Crall, Max Duncan and Nick Marshall.
Additionally, Foster and Ostrander were both tabbed 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (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.
Drake's progress also has been noticed at the next level with four players being drafted by the Major League Soccer. Matt Nickell and Kuhn were selected by the DC United in 2004 and 2012, respectively, while Corey Farabi and Chris Hamburger were both drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in 2005.
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.
BILLIKENS OUTDUEL BULLDOGS, 1-0
Adnan Gabeljic's goal in the 70th minute (69:30) lifted Saint Louis to a 1-0 victory past Drake in the finale of the Billiken Classic last Sunday (Aug. 26).
For the second-consecutive contest, the Bulldogs were unable to find the back of the net, as the Billikens registered the shutout on the strength of 10-9 advantage in shots.
Junior Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk) directed the Drake attack with a game-high two shots, while seven other Bulldogs notched one shot apiece.
Redshirt junior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) collected four saves for Drake.
CINCINNATI STYMIES DRAKE, 1-0
A goal by Cole DeNormandie 63 seconds into the season-opening contest for Drake last Friday (Aug. 24) proved to be the game-winner, lifting Cincinnati to a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs at the Billiken Classic.
Drake entered the affair eying its fifth-consecutive season-opening triumph, but the Bulldogs were thwarted in their effort despite owning a 13-6 advantage in shots in the game.
DeNormandie's tally came off a run down the middle of the field and courtesy of an assist from Peter Jannelli that resulted in a shot that beat Rich Gallagher.
Garrett Crall paced the Drake attack with a game-high three shots, while senior Michael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) and junior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin) added two shots apiece. Gallagher recorded two saves for the Bulldogs.
- Junior Garrett Crall was named a first-team selection on the College Sports Madness MVC Men's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team.
- Despite a strong run of play towards the net in their first two games this season the Bulldogs have failed to find the back of the net. Dating back to last season, Drake has been held without a goal in three consecutive contests, something which hasn't happened in a singular campaign for the Bulldogs since 2010.
- Crall accounted for a team-best five of the Bulldogs' 22 shots at the Billiken Classic. A year ago, Crall registered eight shots for the entire campaign.
- With their six home victories last season, the Bulldogs are 31-8-7 since 2006 in home games, including 18-6-2 since 2009.
SENIOR CLASS ESTABLISHES VICTORY MARK
The Bulldogs' 2-0 win over SIU Edwardsville last season enabled Drake's senior class of Matt Kuhn, Jordan Kadlec, Hunter Kennedy, Michael Noonan, Thomas Ostrander, Matt Reindl and Charles Schwartz to surpass the Bulldogs' 2010 seniors for most wins by a class in program history with their 47th victory. The class finished with 48 career wins.
HOLMES WINS NO. 200
Drake head coach Sean Holmes collected his 200th career coaching victory on the strength of the Bulldogs' 3-0 triumph over Central Arkansas in the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Championship quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs were nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories last season. Drake rated 17th, 22nd, 33rd and 68th, respectively, in scoring offense (1.85), total goals (37), saves per game (4.9) and won-loss percentage (.575). Individually, Charles Schwartz was 21st nationally in total assists (8) and 32nd in assists (0.4) per game, Matt Kuhn was 24th in total goals (11), 31st in total points (26), 35th in goals per game (0.55) and 37th in points per contest (1.3), while Jordan Kadlec ranked 40th, 62nd and 72nd in saves per game (4.63), total saves (74) and save percentage (.779).
IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 2, Loyola 1 (Aug. 27, 2011)
CHICAGO, Ill. - Erik Boyer picked an opportune time to register his first career goal as his tally in the 79th minute (78:35) lifted Drake to a 2-1 season-opening victory over Loyola of Chicago.
The advantage was short-lived as the Ramblers evened the contest at one after Brian Bement netted a goal in the 27th minute (26:38) off an assist from Eric Nock.
Loyola garnered a 13-7 advantage in shots in the affair, led by a game-high four shots by Nock. The Bulldogs were paced by two shots apiece from Thomas Ostrander and Kuhn.
Jordan Kadlec turned in a strong performance in net for Drake registering a game-high seven saves.
Drake 2, Marquette 0 (Sept. 6, 2009)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Two second-half goals lifted 21st-rated Drake to a 2-0 victory over Marquette at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The Bulldogs dictated the pace of play in the initial 45 minutes outshooting the Golden Eagles, 7-3, while enjoying an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. Six different Drake players registered a shot in the first half.
Matt Kuhn put the Bulldogs on the board first at the 63:34 mark breaking free in the box to accept a long ball from goalkeeper Michael Drozd that he fired into the upper left corner for his initial goal of the season.
Kevin Shrout extended the lead to 2-0 converting on a penalty kick in the 68th minute (67:59).
Drake finished the game with a 13-6 advantage in shots, led by four from Shrout and three from Kuhn. Drozd registered his then second shutout of the year and seventh of his career.
DRAKE WELCOMES BACK ALUMNI
Drake will hold its eighth annual alumni reunion in conjunction with the Bulldogs' clash against Evansville at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Oct. 27.
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 27 years.
ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
The Bulldogs face their fourth-ever tilt on Aug. 31 when the team is challenged by Loyola on Friday. Drake own a 1-2 record in the previous three encounters with the lone win being a 2-1 victory past Tulsa in 1991.
The Bulldogs are playing for the sixth time in program history on Sept. 2 when they battle Marquette on Sunday. Drake has registered a 3-1-1 mark in the previous five games on the date.
MVC ANNOUNCES PRESEASON HONORS
The Missouri Valley Conference released its 2012 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll on Aug. 14 and Drake was tabbed to finish fifth, while placing junior defender Garrett Crall on the preseason All-MVC squad.
Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs are SIU Edwardsville (27 points), Bradley (34 points), Missouri State (38 points and three first-place votes) and Creighton, who was selected as the preseason favorite to win the league crown with 46 points and four first-place tallies. Rounding out the poll were Evansville (18 points) and Central Arkansas (12 points).
Crall was among 13 players named by a vote of the seven MVC men's head soccer coaches to the All-MVC Preseason team.
Starting in all 19 games he appeared in for the Bulldogs as a sophomore, Crall collected eight shots from his defender's slot en route to earning second-team All-MVC accolades. He helped anchor a Drake defensive unit that registered three shutouts, all versus conference opponents.
HOMES GAMES TO BE STREAMED LIVE
Drake men's soccer home games will now be streamed live on www.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.
In the first of six-consecutive games on the road, the Bulldogs travel to DeKalb, Ill., to compete in the Northern Illinois Tournament (Sept. 7-9). Drake opens play against No. 25 Northwestern on Sept. 7 at 5:00 p.m. before facing a 2:00 p.m. tilt versus the host Huskies on Sept. 9.