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Drake Closes Six-Game Road Swing At DePaul And Memphis

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Release: September 18, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
Two contests remain for Drake to conclude a six-game road swing as the Bulldogs travel to face DePaul on Wednesday (Sept. 19) before a visit to Memphis on Saturday (Sept. 22).  Starting time versus the Blue Demons is slated for 12:00 p.m., while the tilt against the Tigers will begin at 7:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEMONS
DePaul (2-4)
enters action this week having dropped four of its last five games with the lone win coming over cross-town rival Loyola, 2-1, on Sept. 11.  Sophomore Thiago Ganancio leads the Blue Demons with three goals, while junior goalkeeper Eric Sorby owns 24 saves, while sporting a 1.67 goals against average through six games this fall.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Memphis (2-3-1)
comes into play this week following a 1-1 mark last week versus No. 29 Washington (L, 1-0) and Fairleigh Dickinson (W, 1-0).  Redshirt junior  Mark Sherrod and sophomore Chandler Gagnon pace the Tigers with three goals apiece. Junior goalkeeper Conor Hurley has made 14 saves, while owning a 1.54 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs are meeting DePaul for the 15th time with Drake maintaining a 11-3 series lead.  Last season, the Bulldogs posted a 4-2 home triumph on Sept. 21, 2011.

Drake is squaring off against Memphis for the fourth time and first since 2009.  The Bulldogs own a 2-1 series advantage, but last dropped a 4-3 decision against the Tigers on Sept. 13, 2009, in Birmingham, Ala.

THE COACHES
DePaul: Craig Blazer
is in 12th season leading the DePaul program and maintains a 72-119-25 record (.565).

Memphis: Richie Grant is in his 14th campaign directing the Tigers and owns a 120-104-19 (.533) record and is 173-133-21 (.561) in 18 years overall as a head coach.

Drake: In his 15th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 123-124-28 mark (.498), including 201-150-30 (.567) 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 123-124-28 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 201-150-30 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.

NO. 14 OLD DOMINION BESTS DRAKE, 4-1
Drake ran into one of the hottest squads in the country and the result was a 4-1 setback for the Bulldogs versus No. 14 Old Dominion (6-0) on Sunday (Sept. 16) at the Creighton Invitational.

The Monarchs registered the game's initial tally in the 24th minute (23:05) on a penalty kick by Jordan LeBlanc.

Extending Old Dominion's lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 38:58 mark was Sidney Rivera.

The Bulldogs cracked the scoring column with their lone tally in the affair in the 64th minute (63:21) when redshirt sophomore Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) delivered a strike into the net from 25 yards out off an assist from freshman Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie).

The Monarchs tacked on goals in the 68th and 70th minutes, respectively, to account for the final 4-1 margin.

Old Dominion dominated the Bulldogs in shots, bettering Drake, 25-7.  Seven Bulldogs recorded one shot apiece.

Redshirt junior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) garnered a career-best 11 saves for Drake.

WILLIAM AND MARY DOWNS BULLDOGS, 4-1
Drake surrendered four goals, including three in the second half en route to dropping a 4-1 decision versus William and Mary last Friday (Sept. 14) at the Creighton Invitational.

The fours goals were the most given up by the Bulldogs in a game since a 6-4 victory past Boston College in the Sweet 16 round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.

The Tribe cracked the scoring column first in the 43rd minute (42:43) when Ben Anderson converted a successful penalty kick following a Drake foul in the box sending William and Mary into the break with a 1-0 advantage.

The Tribe outshot the Bulldogs in the initial stanza, 13-7, en route to a 22-11 shot margin for the contest.

Marcus Lister extended William and Mary's lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 49:25 mark.

Ryan Flesch pushed the margin to 3-0 delivering a goal in the 57th minute (56:25) off a Jackson Eskay assist.

The Tribe capped its scoring efforts at the 66:55 mark courtesy of a goal from Chris Perez.  Anderson garnered the assist on the tally.

Junior Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk) denied William and Mary and goalkeeper Bennett Jones the shutout recording his first goal of the season in the 89th minute (88:14).  Sophomore Thomas Schermoly (Olathe, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) earned the assist on the play.

Four different players each registered a game-high three shots for William and Mary, while senior Michael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley), Jarred Arde and Austin Reutzel paced the Bulldogs with two shots apiece.

Rich Gallagher pulled in a game-high eight saves for Drake.

BULLDOG BITES
  • After missing all of last season, senior MIchael Thaden has picked up where he left off in 2010 as he leads the Bulldogs in goals (2) and shots (16) this season.
  • The Bulldogs have gotten strong production out of their junior class as Garrett Crall, Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville), Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin) and Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) have accounted for four of Drake's seven goals this season, while combining to record 25 shots, including 11 on goal. Eck also has posted a team-high two assists
  • The Bulldogs' game versus Old Dominion (Sept. 16) marked the 275th in the Drake coaching career of head coach Sean Holmes.
  • 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 42 saves.
  • 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,on 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.
FRESHMEN MAKING A MARK
Drake has garnered contributions from eight of its nine newcomers this season.  Alex Troester (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) and Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) have led the way earning starts in six and five games, respectively.  Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy), who has since been lost for the season with a knee injury, joins Reutzel as the lone Bulldog rookies to earn a point, after collecting an assist against Loyola (Aug. 31).

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  As a team, Drake is 25th in saves per game (5.38).  Individually, Rich Gallagher is ranked fifth and 29th in total saves (42) and saves per game (5.25).

OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 0-4-1 mark in their last five contests, with four of the five occurring away from home.  Three Drake players have registered a goal, with Michael Thaden leading the way with two goals in that span.  Thaden paces Drake with 13 shots.  Rich Gallagher has been peppered by 89 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 32 saves.

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 eighth tilt on Sept. 19 when the team plays DePaul on Wednesday.  Drake own a 3-4 record in the previous seven encounters with wins over DePaul (1993), Western Illinois (1999) and UNLV (2003). 

Drake will be playing for the ninth time in program history on Sept. 22 when it battles Memphis on Sunday. The Bulldogs have registered a 2-5-1 mark in the previous eight games on the date.  

IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 4, DePaul 2 (Sept. 21, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
In a true wild and woolly affair, Drake's persistence and determination sparked the Bulldogs to a 4-2 men's soccer triumph over DePaul at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Charles Schwartz began the frenzied scoring affair for the Bulldogs netting his fourth goal of the season only 51 seconds into the contest, delivering a strike off Matt Kuhn's shot that deflected off DePaul goalkeeper Joe Ferrari.

The tally proved to be the only one for either side in the game's initial 45 minutes as Drake maintained a 5-2 advantage in shots in the first half.

Kuhn registered his team-leading fifth goal of the season striking a header mere inches above the ground that went far post to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead at the 50:04 mark.  Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst) served the ball in from the corner to earn the assist.

Back-to-back goals from David Selvaggi in the 65th (64:23) and 79th minutes (78:24) evened the affair at two.

The Bulldogs responded quickly to the adversity 17 seconds later (78:41), as Jordan Stanley took a feed from Schwartz and recorded his first-ever collegiate goal on a left-footed strike for what proved to be the game-winning tally.

Thomas Schermoly added the final tally of the evening netting his first collegiate goal in the 85th minute (84:25), pouncing on a defensive miscue by the DePaul goalkeeper and delivering the strike into the net.

Drake won the battle of the shots on the evening, 14-11, as the Bulldogs were paced by a game-high four shots from Kuhn.  Adding two shots apiece were Stanley and Thomas Ostrander.

Rich Gallagher pulled in a game-high five saves.

Memphis 4, Drake 3 (Sept. 13, 2009)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
In its finale at the UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic, No. 23 Drake suffered a 4-3 setback at the hands of Memphis.

Michael Noonan gave the Bulldogs an early 1-0 advantage with his first goal of the season in the 25th minute (24:45) beating goalkeeper Michael Goodlett to the lower left corner.

Justin Watson squared the affair at one at the 31:58 mark taking a feed from Elias Groft and finding the top of the net.

The Tigers assumed the lead for good in the 38th minute (37:35) on Ryan Ruble's header off a corner kick from Thomas Shannon.

Andreas Guentner extended the margin to 3-1 at the 48:05 mark on a shot off a deflection on a save by goalkeeper Michael Drozd.

The Tigers added their final tally when Parker Duncan found the back of the net in the 63rd minute (62:05).

Calvin Clark cut the deficit to 4-2 at the 66:14 mark converting a Noonan corner kick with a successful header that beat Goodlett to the top of the net.

Thomas Ostrander pulled the Bulldogs to within one registering his first goal of the season at the 79:38 mark.  Charles Schwartz earned the assist on the tally.

Memphis bettered Drake in shots, 12-9, while the Bulldogs bested the Tigers in corners, 7-5.

Clark paced all players with four shots, while Noonan and Ostrander added two shots apiece for Drake.

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 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 open Missouri Valley Conference action hosting No. 7 Creighton on Sept. 29 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
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