Bulldogs Conclude Homestand Hosting Western Illinois And Central Arkansas
Beginning a stretch of three games in seven days, the Drake men's soccer team will conclude its three-game homestand entertaining Western Illinois and Central Arkansas on Wednesday (Oct. 3) and Saturday (Oct. 7), respectively. Both contests are slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
SCOUTING THE LEATHERNECKS
Western Illinois (2-6-2) comes into play this week winless in its last six games. Freshman Austin Gochneaur leads the Leathernecks with a team-best two goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Yves Dietrich has collected 37 saves this season and sports a 1.34 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Central Arkansas (6-3, 0-0 MVC) enters action this week having suffered defeats in its last two contests, including 3-0 and 3-2 setbacks versus Saint Louis and UMKC, respectively. Junior Manuel Montal paces the Bears' attack with a team-high three goals, while senior Ethan Miller and sophomore Daniel Sampedo have contributed two goals each. Senior Cody Gibson owns the majority of minutes in goal for Central Arkansas this fall, recording 26 saves while sporting a 1.29 goals against average.
The Bulldogs are meeting Western Illinois for the 23rd time with Drake leading the all-time series, 14-7-1. Last season, the Bulldogs and Leathernecks battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in Macomb, Ill.
Drake encounters Central Arkansas for the fifth time in school history. The series is all square at two wins apiece after the Bears downed the Bulldogs in the regular season, 2-1, on Oct. 22, 2011, before Drake returned the favor with a 3-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament on Nov. 9, 2011.
Western Illinois: Eric Johnson is in his 16th campaign directing the Leathernecks and owns a 131-145-29 (.477) record and is 174-198-32 (.470) in 21 years overall as a head coach.
Central Arkansas: Ross Duncan is in his first season leading the Bears and owns a 6-3 ledger (.667).
Drake: In his 15th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 123-125-30 mark (.496), including 201-151-32 (.565) 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 123-125-30 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 201-150-32 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.
DRAKE EARNS 0-0 DOUBLE-OT TIE WITH NO. 12 CREIGHTON
On the strength of nine saves from redshirt junior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy), Drake registered a 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 12 Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both schools last Saturday (Sept. 29) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Drake earned its first result over a ranked opponent since collecting a 1-1 double-overtime decision versus No. 12 UC Irvine on Oct. 2, 2010 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The Bluejays got off to a fast start in the affair recording the game's first six shots before freshman Jon Choda (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee), in his first career start, notched Drake's first shot at the 22:41 mark.
Creighton went on to hold an 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.
Jose Gomez led all players with a game-high six shots, while freshman 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.
GALLAGHER EARNS MVC HONORS
The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Rich Gallagher has been named the league's Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 24-30. Gallagher was honored for the first time in his Drake career.
In Drake's double-overtime 0-0 tie with No. 12 Creighton last Saturday (Sept. 29), Gallagher registered a game-high nine saves. He faced 30 shots in the contest, including nine on goal.
On the season, Gallagher owns an MVC-best 59 saves and holds a 1.83 goals against average. He currently paces the MVC in saves (59) and saves per game (5.36).
- The Bulldogs improved to 5-4-6 in conference lidlifters under head coach Sean Holmes with the result against Creighton, including 5-0-6 in the last 11 league openers.
- After missing all of last season, senior MIchael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) has picked up where he left off in 2010 as he leads the Bulldogs in goals (2) and shots (21) this season.
- The Bulldogs have gotten solid production out of their junior class as Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk), Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville), Addison Eck and Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) have accounted for four of Drake's eight goals this season, while combining to record 32 shots, including 13 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 59 saves.
- Junior Garrett Crall 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. Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) and Alex Troester have led the way earning starts in eight and seven 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).
THE TIME TO SHINE
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 nine seasons, under head coach Sean Holmes, the Bulldogs own a 30-16-8 record (.630), including 5-2 last season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months of October.
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season. As a team, Drake is 23rd in saves per game (5.45). Individually, Rich Gallagher is ranked fifth and 23rd in total saves (59) and saves per game (5.36).
OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 0-3-2 mark in their last five contests, with four of the five occurring away from home. Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) and Garrett Crall own Drake's two goals in that span. Michael Thaden paces Drake with eight shots. Rich Gallagher has been peppered by 117 shots in goal in that span and has recorded 36 saves.
DRAKE TO HOST FOURTH-ANNUAL GREEN GAME
Drake will host its fourth annual "Greenest Game on Grass" contest on Oct. 13 when the Bulldogs battle UIC (Illinois at Chicago) at the Cownie Soccer Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m.
For the fourth-straight campaign, the Bulldogs will don green uniforms that will be auctioned off during the game. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a "Drake Soccer Goes Green" T-shirt.
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 12th tilt on Oct. 3 when the team plays Western Illinois on Wednesday. Drake owns a 4-4-3 record in the previous 11 encounters with wins over Bradley (2009), Marquette (2007), Western Michigan (1995) and UMKC (1987).
The Bulldogs face only the third-ever contest in program history on Oct. 6 when the squad faces Central Arkansas. Drake is 1-1 in the previous two tilts, with a 1-0 win over Wright State in 1990.
IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 1, Western Illinois 1 (2OT) (Aug. 29, 2011)
MACOMB, Ill. - Michael Noonan's bicycle-kick goal in the fourth minute (3:36) accounted for the lone tally for Drake in the Bulldogs' 1-1 double-overtime tie at Western Illinois.
Noonan's goal off an assist by Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst) provided the Bulldogs an early 1-0 advantage.
The lead held until Hilary Esangbedo netted the equalizer at the 20:19 mark off a feed from Aaron Appel on a corner kick.
Western Illinois garnered a 20-12 advantage in shots in the affair, led by a game-high five shots by Charlie Bales. The Bulldogs were paced by three shots from Charles Schwartz and two apiece courtesy of Noonan and Addison Eck.
Jordan Kadlec turned in a strong performance in net for Drake, registering a game-high eight saves.
Drake 3, Central Arkansas 0 (Nov. 9, 2011)
OMAHA, Neb. - A goal in the 38th minute (37:36) from Charles Schwartz proved to be all the scoring that Drake needed as the Bulldogs registered a 3-0 victory over Central Arkansas in the quarterfinals of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Morrison Stadium.
The triumph represented a milestone for Drake as it provided Bulldogs' head coach Sean Holmes with his 200th career coaching victory.
Schwartz nearly cracked the scoring column for the Bulldogs as his shot at the 5:58 mark from the left side of the box hit the post.
Jordan Stanley set the stage for Drake's initial score playing a ball near the box before he was fouled on the attempt by the Central Arkansas defender to garner a free kick. Schwartz took the free kick and bent the shot around the post hitting goalkeeper Patxi Shortsleeve's hand before bouncing in for his fifth goal of the season at the 37:36 mark.
The goal gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission, on the strength of a 6-2 shot advantage.
Ross Payne (Overland Park, Kan./Pembroke Hill) capitalized on a Bears' defensive miscue in the 61st minute (60:05) to net his second goal of the season and provide the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. Payne took a Central Arkansas giveaway at the top the box and struck a perfect ball to the corner of the net for the goal.
Matt Kuhn extended the Bulldogs' lead to 3-0 delivering a ball in the middle of the box into the lower corner for his 11th tally of the year at the 65:04 mark.
Drake's three goals equaled its MVC Tournament high set in a 3-1 victory over Creighton in the semifinals of the 2009 tournament at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Drake proved to be effective in its shots in the game as it outshot Central Arkansas, 10-6. Schwartz paced the Bulldog' attack with a game-high four shots, while six other Drake players recorded a shot.
Jordan Kadlec pulled in a game-high four saves for the Bulldogs en route to collecting his third shutout of the season, all against league foes.
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.
Drake visits UMKC for a non-conference showdown on Oct. 9 before returning home to host UIC in the third annual Ralph Gross Alumni Classic on Oct. 13.