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Bulldogs Welcome Back Alumni As Drake Hosts Evansville On Senior Night

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Release: October 23, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
The Drake men's soccer squad closes outs its home campaign this Saturday (Oct. 27) hosting Evansville on Senior Night at the Cownie Soccer Complex.  The game is the featured event of the eighth annual alumni reunion weekend where the Bulldogs will honor the contributions to the growth and development of the Drake men's soccer tradition over the program's 27 years.  Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE PURPLE ACES
Evansville (9-5, 3-1 MVC)
comes into its in-state showdown with Indiana on Wednesday (Oct. 24) having won three of its last four contests.  Freshman Faik Hajderovic paces the Purple Aces' attack with a team-high four goals, while four Evansville players owns three goals apiece.  Sophomore goalkeeper Eric Teppen has made 53 saves and maintains a 1.23 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs are playing Evansville for the 24th time in program history with Drake leading the series 12-10-1.  Last season, the Bulldogs notched a 2-1 road victory on Oct. 12, 2011.

THE COACHES
Evansville: Mike Jacobs
is in his seventh campaign directing the Purple Aces and owns a 61-55-6 (.525) record and is 90-98-11 (.480) in 11 seasons as a head coach.

Drake: In his 15th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 126-128-30 mark (.496), including 204-154-32 (.564) 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 126-128-30 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 204-154-32 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.

BULLDOGS FALL IN OT, 2-1, AT SIU EDWARDSVILLE
For the second-consecutive game, Drake was undone by a golden goal as Jared Tejada's tally at the 95:20 mark lifted SIU Edwardsville to a 2-1 overtime victory past the Bulldogs last Saturday (Oct. 20).

The Cougars broke into the scoring column first in the affair when Brian Groark connected on a goal in the 13th minute (12:20) off an assist from Peter Kelly.

SIU Edwardsville outshot the Bulldogs in the initial stanza, 8-6, and held a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
Drake registered the equalizer at the 54:07 mark off the foot of junior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin).  Eck's fifth goal of the season was set up by an assist from junior Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst).

The Cougars garnered a 21-12 advantage in shots in the affair, led by a four-shot effort from Tejada.  A game-high four shots from Eck paced the Drake attack.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) registered eight saves for the Bulldogs.

GOLDEN GOAL PUSHES BRADLEY PAST DRAKE, 3-2
A golden goal by Jochen Graf in the 92nd minute (91:47) lifted Bradley to a 3-2 overtime victory past Drake in men's soccer action on Wednesday (Oct. 17).

Addison Eck gave Drake an early 1-0 advantage connecting on a header off of a pass from junior Brian Grand (North Branch, Minn./North Branch) in the 10th minute (9:37).

Scott Davis netted the equalizer for Bradley at the 24:19 mark.

Andrew Brown gave the Braves a 2-1 lead after delivering a goal in the 62nd minute (61:43) off passes from Keegan Balle and Davis.

Extending the contest into overtime for the Bulldogs with his second goal of the season at the 85:02 mark was redshirt sophomore Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport).

Bradley posted an 18-13 advantage in shots in the affair, including 13-4 on goal. Senior Michael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) registered a game-high five shots for Drake. Rich Gallagher pulled in a game-high 10 saves for the Bulldogs.

BULLDOGS TO HONOR FOUR SENIORS
Drake's showdown against Evansville represents Senior Day for senior Michael Thaden, as well as redshirt juniors Joe Lyons (West Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling Catholic), Nick Mims (Davenport, Iowa/Davenport Central) and Jackson Teeling (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee).  The group will be recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.

Thaden has appeared in 47 career games, including 36 starts and  holds nine goals and four assists in his career.  Lyons, Mims and Teeling have appeared in 12, 16 and eight games, respectively at Drake.

BULLDOG BITES
  • Drake has been tied or ahead after 90 minutes of play in all four of its MVC contests this season. In those contests, Drake is 1-0 in regulation and 0-2-1 in overtime tilts.
  • The Bulldogs have been involved in six overtime games this season marking the most OT affairs for Drake since 2006. That season, the Bulldogs also played in six overtime contests.
  • Rich Gallagher's 97 saves this season is one behind Jordan Kadlec (2010) for the second-best single-season mark in school history.
  • The Bulldogs have started their league slate with a win or tie in their first two MVC games in each of the last six seasons. During that span, Drake has not had a losing campaign overall.
  • Drake has garnered 11 and 10 shots, respectively, from Michael Thaden and Addison Eck in four league games this season. The Bulldogs have also gotten seven, six and five shots courtesy of redshirt sophomore Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport), junior Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) and Brian Grand.
  • After missing all of last season, MIchael Thaden has picked up where he left off in 2010 as he leads the Bulldogs in goals (5) and shots (37) this season.
  • Thaden has registered a career high in goals (5) this season, surpassing the previous mark of four, which he set in 2010.
  • The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Rich Gallagher was 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (St. Charles Mo./Francis Howell North).
  • Despite Drake's offensive struggles this season, Rich Gallagher has been solid in net, registering 97 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 34-10-7 since 2006 in home games, including 21-8-2 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 14 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 campaigns, including this fall, under head coach Sean Holmes, the Bulldogs own a 33-19-8 record (.638), including 3-2 this season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months in October.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  As a team, Drake is 12th in saves per game (5.76).  Individually, Rich Gallagher is ranked second and 12th in total saves (97) and saves per game (5.71).

OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 2-3 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring away from home.  Addison Eck  and Michael Thaden own Drake's five goals in that span registering three and two, respectively. Thaden paces Drake with 12 shots, while Eck has added 11.  Rich Gallagher has been peppered by 82 shots in goal in that span and has recorded 35 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their four victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 11.2 shots, 4.0 corner kicks and 4.0 saves, while their opponents recorded 11.0 shots, 2.3 corner kicks and 3.3 saves.  In its 10 losses, Drake is recording 10.0 shots, 4.2 corner kicks and 6.2 saves, while surrendering 16.5 shots, 5.9 corner kicks and 3.1 saves.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
The Bulldogs face their seventh contest in program history on Oct. 27 when the squad faces Evansville.  Drake is 3-3 on the date with wins versus Grand View (1993), TCU (2000) and Eastern Illinois (2002).  All six previous encounters were of the shutout variety with the winning team scoring at least one goal in each affair.

IN OUR LAST MEETING
Drake 2, Evansville 1 (Oct. 12, 2011)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -
Thomas Ostrander and Matt Kuhn both scored goals sparking the Drake men's soccer team to a 2-1 road victory at Evansville.

Ostrander gave the Bulldogs the early 1-0 advantage on the strength of his fourth goal of the season at the 1:52 mark.  Ostrander knocked in the rebound off of Hunter Kennedy's initial strike.

Evansville outshot Drake in the initial stanza, 10-6, despite the Bulldogs owning a 6-5 margin in shots on goal.

Charlie Macias evened the score at one in the 54th minute (53:08), registering his first goal of the season off an assist from Jarrett Robbins.

Kuhn recorded what proved to be the game-winning tally at the 61:34 mark to push the Bulldogs back into the lead, 2-1.  He collected his team-leading seventh goal of the year on a breakaway finishing to the back left corner of the net on what was Drake's lone shot of the second half.  Kennedy earned the assist on the tally.

Jordan Kadlec pulled in a game- and season-high eight saves for Drake.

The Purples Aces posted a 15-7 advantage in shots on the evening, with Ryan Stallings registering a game-high four shots.  Ostrander led the Bulldogs with three shots..

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 close out their regular season with a contest at Missouri State on Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
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