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Bulldogs To Challenge Pair Of 2011 NCAA Tournament Participants

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: September 05, 2012
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The vaunted start to the 2012 campaign for the Drake men's soccer team continues this week as the Bulldogs travel to DeKalb, Ill., for the Northern Illinois adidas Invite facing 2011 NCAA Tournament participants Northwestern and Northern Illinois this weekend.  Drake opens competition on Friday (Sept. 7) at 2:00 p.m. against the Wildcats, who are receiving votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top-25 national poll.  The Bulldogs then close tournament play versus the host Huskies on Sunday (Sept. 9) at 2:00 p.m.

Northwestern (1-0-2)
enters competition this week following a 1-0-1 mark this past weekend at the Gamecock Classic in Columbia, S.C.  The Wildcats edged Kentucky, 2-1, last Friday (Aug. 31) before playing South Carolina to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on Sunday (Sept. 2).  Seniors Kyle Schickel and Chris Ritter along with freshman Joey Calistri each own goals for Northwestern.  Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Miller has recorded nine saves, while sporting a 0.57 goals against average this season.

Northern Illinois (0-2)
comes into play this week eyeing its first win of the campaign after suffering a 2-1 overtime setback at Green Bay last Friday (Aug. 31).  Juniors James Stevenson and Gael Rivera have each collected a goal for the Huskies, while senior goalkeeper Jordan Godsey has recorded 10 saves with a 2.35 goals against average..

The Bulldogs are meeting Northwestern for the 11th time in school history with the Wildcats holding a 2-6-2 series lead.  In the last meeting in 2009, the Bulldogs garnered a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Northwestern, despite playing the final 31 minutes of regulation and overtime a man down.

Drake is playing Northern Illinois for the ninth time in program history with the Huskies owning a 3-4-1 series advantage.  Northern Illinois recorded a 1-0 road triumph over the Bulldogs in the last meeting between the schools on Sept. 24, 2011.

Northwestern: Tim Lenahan
is in 12th season leading the Wildcats' program and maintains a 112-51-32  record (.656), while owning a 238-149-50 ledger (.602) in 24 years overall as a head coach.

Northern Illinois: Eric Luzzi is in his fourth campaign directing the Huskies and owns a 34-22-3 (.602) record.

Drake: In his 15th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 123-121-27 mark (.504), including 201-147-29 (.572) overall, in his 19th year as a head coach.

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 123-121-27 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 201-147-29 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.

A pair of second-half goals propelled Marquette to a 2-0 victory past Drake in men's soccer action on Sunday (Sept. 2) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The two sides waged a nearly equal affair in the initial stanza as both teams registered seven shots and entered the intermission scoreless.

The Golden Eagles cracked the scoring column on the strength of Andy Huftalin's tally in the 48th minute (47:22).  What proved to be the game-winning goal was set-up by assists from DJ Schillinger and Adam Lysak.

Marquette tacked on an insurance score at the 71:00 mark when Bryan Ciesiulka converted on a successful penalty kick to extend the Golden Eagles' advantage to 2-0.

The Bulldogs had their opportunities to score in the final stanza registering six shots, but Drake was unable to capitalize en route to suffering the setback.

Each team recorded 13 shots in the affair, with junior Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) collecting a team-high three shots for Drake.

Redshirt junior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) pulled in four saves for the Bulldogs.

Drake rolled off three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 victory past Loyola last Friday (Aug. 31) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Junior Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) collected the Bulldogs' initial goal of both the game and the season when he connected on a header at the 18:52 mark to give Drake a 1-0 lead.  Setting up the scoring opportunity off a corner kick was junior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin).

The two sides waged back-and-forth soccer over nearly the next 55 minutes before Logan North cashed in redirecting a deflection into the net for his first goal of the season in the 74th minute (73:25).

Eck capped the scoring barrage for the Bulldogs' and extended Drake's advantage to 3-0 scoring his first tally of the year at the 83:47 mark.  The goal was served in from the top of the box off an assist by freshman Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy).

The Ramblers thwarted the shutout bid by Rich Gallagher and Drake with a goal by Andrew Raymonds in the 89th minute (88:47).  The Bulldogs narrowly won the advantage in shots, 10-9, with Marshall recording a team-best three shots.

Gallagher pulled in four saves in goal for Drake.


  • After being held without a goal in its first two games of the season, Drake erupted for three tallies in the Bulldogs' 3-1 victory past Loyola, all of which were scored by a different player in juniors Nick Marshall, Addison Eck and Logan North.
  • Despite Drake's offensive struggles this season, redshirt junior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher has been solid in net, registering 14 saves and owning a 1.25 goals against average. He has allowed more than one goal in only one of the Bulldogs' four games, with that tally coming on a penalty kick.
  • Drake owns an advantage over its opponents this season in shots (45-38), shots per game (11.2-9.5) and corner kicks (23-21).
  • Junior Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk) was named a first-team selection on the College Sports Madness MVC Men's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team.
  • 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.
  • Drake collected its fifth consecutive triumph in a home opener after defeating Loyola, 3-1, last Friday (Aug. 31). The Bulldogs own a 17-10-0 ledger all-time in home lidlifters, including 12-3-0 under head coach Sean Holmes.
  • The Bulldogs are 32-9-7 since 2006 in home games, including 19-7-2 since 2009.

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.

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).

Northern Illinois 1, Drake 0 (Sept. 24, 2011)
Drake fired salvo after salvo against No. 20 Northern Illinois, but in the end the Bulldogs couldn't erase a first-half Huskies' goal en route to dropping a 1-0 setback.

The "Greenest Game on Grass" contest proved to be a back-and-forth affair as Drake registered a 13-10 advantage in shots, including holding Northern Illinois without a second-half attempt until the 78th minute (77:04).

The initial stanza began in stark contrast as Northern Illinois recorded the game's first four shots before Charles Schwartz was credited with the Bulldogs' first shot at the 25:40 mark.

A defensive misplay allowed James Stevenson to net what proved to be the game-winning tally in the 26th minute (25:30).

Drake had several solid scoring opportunities in the final 45 minutes, with the strongest coming on a header by Thomas Ostrander at the 68:36 mark that only a sprawling save by NIU goalkeeper Jordan Godsey prevented a tie contest.

Schwartz and Matt Kuhn followed with outstanding scoring chances in the 78th (77:54) and 83rd minutes (82:18), respectively, but both failed to deliver goals.

Drake was paced by four shots from Schwartz, while Ostrander, Kuhn and Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst) added three, two and two shots, respectively.  Jordan Kadlec had five stops in goal for the Bulldogs.

Drake 2, Northwestern 2 (2OT) (Sept. 6, 2009)
In an affair marked by 38 combined fouls, Drake withstood the task of playing a man down the final 31 minutes of regulation and overtime to garner a 2-2 double-overtime tie at No. 17 Northwestern.

Matt Kuhn provided the Bulldogs with the only goal of the first half, connecting on a cross from Garrett Webb in front of the net for his third goal of the season at the 27:12 mark.

Drake outshot the Wildcats in the initial stanza, 7-5.

Fifteen seconds into the second half (45:15), the contest was squared at one as Matt Eliason recorded the goal for Northwestern.

Julien Edwards was called for a red card at the 77:57 mark, forcing the Bulldogs to play a man down the remainder of the evening.

Eamon O'Neil took advantage, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute (84:29) accepting a feed from Chris Ritter and beating Drake goalkeeper Michael Drozd.

Just over two minutes later (86:30), Webb netted the equalizer for the Bulldogs to force the game into overtime.  The score came off an assist from Luke Gorczyca.

Calvin Clark nearly won the game in overtime as his shot was corralled by Northwestern goalkeeper Jonathan Harris in the 107th minute (106:36).

The match was extremely physical as both sides combined to commit 38 fouls, while six cards were issued.

The Wildcats outshot Drake in the contest, 15-13, with Kevin Shrout, Clark, Kenan Malicevic and Hunter Kennedy leading the Bulldogs with two shots apiece.  Drozd pulled in a game-high five saves.  

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.

The Bulldogs face their seventh tilt on Sept. 7 when the team is challenged by Northwestern on Friday.  Drake own a 1-3-2 record in the previous six encounters with the lone win being a 3-1 road victory past TCU in 1992. 

Drake will be playing for the fourth time in program history on Sept. 9 when it battles Northern Illinois on Sunday. The Bulldogs have registered a 1-2 mark in the previous three games on the date, including a 2-1 overtime win past UMKC last season.    

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.

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.

The Bulldogs continue their six-game road swing traveling to Omaha, Neb., to compete in the Creighton Invitational (Sept. 14-16).  Drake opens competition against William and Mary on Sept. 14 at 5:00 p.m., before facing No. 15 Old Dominion on Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m.

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