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Release: October 22, 2013
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A pair of Missouri Valley Conference tilts highlight the slate for the Drake men’s soccer team this week as the Bulldogs visit the league’s newest member Loyola on Wednesday (Oct. 23) before hosting Bradley on Senior Night on Saturday (Oct. 26).  The contest with the Ramblers gets underway at 6:00 p.m., while the game versus the Braves at the Cownie Soccer Complex kicks off at 7:00 p.m.

A free webstream of the Loyola game will be available at ustream.tv/channel/Loyola-Ramblers-Athletics.

DRAKE WELCOMES BACK ALUMNI
Drake will hold its ninth annual alumni reunion in conjunction with the Bulldogs’ clash against Bradley this Saturday (Oct. 26).

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 28 years.

BULLDOGS TO HONOR EIGHT SENIORS
Drake’s conference showdown against Bradley on Saturday (Oct. 19) represents Senior Day for seniors Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk), Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin), Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy), Bryan Jantsch (Missions Hills, Kan./Rockhurst), Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) and Jackson Teeling (Waukee, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) along with fourth-year juniors Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) and Kevin Wilson (Ballwin, Mo./Chaminade College Prep).  The group will be recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.

Crall has appeared in 57 career games owning three goals. The Bulldogs’ active leader in assists and points is Eck with eight and 20, respectively. Gallagher is ranked sixth, seventh, eighth, eighth, eighth, eighth and 10th, respectively, in career saves (172), minutes (2,932), shutouts (4), wins (10), games (33) and goals against average (1.87). Jantsch is Drake’s active leader in shots (60), while also recording three goals and five assists. Marshall leads active Bulldogs on the roster in games played (70) and contests started (66) and has registered six goals and four assists. Teeling has appeared in 26 games, posting four career shots.  Arde is Drake’s active leader in career goals (8), while ranking second in points (19), shots (58) and game-winners (2). Wilson has appeared in one career contest as a Bulldog.

SCOUTING THE RAMBLERS
Loyola (3-9-1, 0-3 MVC) is mired in a nine-game winless streak, including losses in eight of its last nine games entering play against Drake on Wednesday (Oct. 23). Senior Eric Nock and junior Brian Bement have accounted for eight of the Ramblers’ 11 goals this season, as the duo has recorded four tallies apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski owns the majority of minutes in goal for Loyola registering 46 saves and three shutouts.

SCOUTING THE BRAVES
Bradley (7-4-2, 1-0-1 MVC) garnered a 2-0 triumph past Loyola on Saturday (Oct. 19)to extend its unbeaten streak to three games entering the Braves’ home contest versus SIU Edwardsville on Wednesday (Oct. 23). Senior Alon Badat, the current Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, leads the Bradley attack registering team highs in goals (6) and points (12), while ranking third in shots (32) and shots on goal (9). Senior goalkeeper Brian Billings owns 57 saves and a 1.25 goals against average this season en route to collecting six shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY
For the eighth time overall and first as conference opponents, Drake meets Loyola in men’s soccer. The Bulldogs have gotten the better of the series owning a 6-1 advantage, including a 3-1 triumph on Aug. 31, 2012 at the Cownie Soccer Complex. The two teams have met each of the previous three campaigns.

Drake and Bradley renew their rivalry for the 34th time on Saturday (Oct. 26) when the two sides square off at the Cownie Soccer Complex.  The Braves maintain a 16-15-2 series lead after Bradley collected a 3-2 overtime triumph past the Bulldogs on Oct. 17, 2012 in Peoria, Ill.

THE COACHES
Loyola: Neil Jones is in his first season at the helm of the Rambler program, owning a 3-9-1 (.269) ledger.
Bradley: Jim DeRose is in his 18th campaign directing the Braves registering a 198-133-39 (.588) record.
Drake: In his 16th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 135-134-33 mark (.505), including 213-160-35 (.565) overall, in his 20th 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 16th campaign directing the Bulldogs’ fortunes.

During Holmes’ 16-year tenure, the Bulldogs have posted a 135-134-33 record, building a legacy of excellence on Drake’s campus and in the Missouri Valley Conference.  In 20 years as a head coach he has amassed a 213-160-35 overall record.

In 2012, the Bulldogs were faced with reloading a squad that lost six starters from a team that went 11-8-1 in 2011.

Despite the challenges, Drake registered a 6-11-4 ledger, including a 2-2-2 record in the MVC and a spot in the semifinals of the MVC Championship. The Bulldogs posted a 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 12 Creighton on Sept. 29 at the Cownie Soccer Complex and took the 12th-rated Bluejays to double overtime in the semifinals of the MVC Championship before dropping a 3-2 decision.

Led by senior Michael Thaden, who was chosen as a first-team All-MVC men’s soccer selection, four Drake student-athletes garnered All-MVC accolades. Redshirt junior Rich Gallagher and junior Addison Eck were tabbed honorable mention selections, while redshirt freshman Alec Bartlett was recognized as an all-freshman team recipient.  Thaden was also a Continental Tires/National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Midwest Regional selection.

Juniors Garrett Crall and Nick Marshall garnered All-MVC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete accolades, while Marshall went on to be named a second-team honoree to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men’s Soccer Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Holmes’ 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, seven Drake student-athletes garnered All-MVC accolades.

Kuhn, an MLS supplemental draft selection by DC United, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team and also joined Thomas Ostrander on the NSCAA 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/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 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 chosen as a first team All-MVC men’s soccer selection, led eight Drake student-athletes garnering All-MVC accolades.

Additionally, Foster and Ostrander were both tabbed 2010 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.

Holmes led the Bulldogs to a school-record 13-5-1 mark in 2008, including six-consecutive shutouts to open the season. Drake finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4-1-0 record and made its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, receiving an at-large bid. The Bulldogs were nationally ranked for the final 10 weeks of the season.

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.

Holmes holds a USSF ‘A’ level coaching license and is a member of the Region II staff for the Olympic Development Program. He serves as a staff coach for the Iowa Soccer Association, and also served as age group coach for both the 1978 and 1984 Region II teams. He was an assistant coach at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in St. Louis, Mo.

Holmes and his wife, Dr. Carrie Holmes, reside in Des Moines with their three sons, Matthew, Samuel and Andrew.

DRAKE EARNS 1-0 WIN OVER SIU EDWARDSVILLE
Redshirt junior Jarred Arde delivered his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the ninth minute (8:32) before the Drake defense took over en route to posting a 1-0 shutout victory past SIU Edwardsville in Missouri Valley Conference men’s soccer action on Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Arde’s heroics came as a result of knocking in a deflection that pinged off the far post and into the net past SIU Edwardsville goalkeeper John Berner.  Earning the assist on the tally was junior Thomas Schermoly (Olathe, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas).

The remainder of the half proved to be a defensive struggle as the Cougars registered a 5-4 advantage in shots in the initial stanza.

Shots proved even more elusive in the second half as Drake bettered SIU Edwardsville, 5-2.

The only shot over the final 45 minutes to go on goal for either team was by Jabari Danzy for the Cougars with 22 seconds remaining in the contest.  Pulling in the shot for his third save of the evening was redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic).

The Bulldogs finished the tilt with a 9-7 advantage in shots, led by a team-high two shots from Arde. MacLeod earned his fifth shutout of the season after pulling in a game-high three saves.

BULLDOGS EDGE GREEN BAY, 2-1
Redshirt freshman Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy) recorded his first collegiate goal, a game-winning tally, to lift Drake to a 2-1 victory at Green Bay last Tuesday (Oct. 15).

Senior Bryan Jantsch gave Drake an early 1-0 advantage on the strength of this third goal of the season at the 4:05 mark.  Setting up Jantsch with the first of his two assists on the afternoon was redshirt junior Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North).

The Bulldogs held the momentum until allowing Lawrence Talery to curve a ball in from the corner of the box to square the contest at one in the 25th minute (24:25).

The two teams entered the intermission tied at one, with Drake maintaining a slim 6-5 margin in shots.

That tally came at the 77:06 mark off a pass from North delivered to perfection off the foot of LeMay.

The Bulldogs continued to buckle down defensively the rest of the game en route to limiting the Phoenix to four second-half shots.  Offensively over the final 45 minutes, Drake posted a 13-4 advantage in shots.

The Bulldogs notched a 19-9 advantage in shots in the affair, led by a pair of four-shot performances from Jantsch and redshirt junior Jarred Arde. Darrin MacLeod collected three saves for Drake.

DRAKE IS MVC’S HIGHEST-RATED TEAM IN NCAA RPI
Drake is the highest-rated team in the Missouri Valley Conference in the latest NCAA RPI rankings released on Oct. 21.  The Bulldogs check in at No. 42 and are followed by Bradley (No. 74), Evansville (No. 86), Missouri State (No. 97), Central Arkansas (No. 117), SIU Edwardsville (No. 118) and Loyola (No. 166).

BULLDOG TIDBITS
• Led by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod, Drake has registered five shutouts this season, its highest total since recording eight in 2009.
• Drake has gotten unexpected offensive production this season as sophomore Danton Irelan (Ottumwa, Iowa/Ottumwa), Jarred Arde, junior Thomas Schermoly and Bryan Jantsch lead the Bulldogs with four, four, three and three goals, respectively.  The quartet entered the season with a combined seven career goals, four from Arde and three by Schermoly.
• Drake has been shut out three times at home this season marking the first time since 2004 that this has happened.
• Since starting the season 0-2, Drake has posted a 7-3-2 mark in its last 12 games.  In those contests, the Bulldogs are averaging 1.50 goals and 12.6 shots per game.
• The Bulldogs have gotten scoring contributions from 15 different players this season, led by Danton Irelan, Jarred Arde and Thomas Schermoly with four, four and three goals, respectively.
• Drake’s contest versus Missouri State (Oct. 12) marked the 300th game in head coach Sean Holmes’ Bulldog coaching career.
Thomas Schermoly’s hat trick at Evansville was the first for a Bulldog since Jesse Baker recorded three goals in a 3-2 triumph past No. 16 Creighton on Oct. 26, 2005.
Thomas Schermoly’s three-goal explosion also doubled his career goal output as he had not found the back of the net since recording three goals as a freshman in 2011.
• The four goals for Drake against the Purple Aces marked the most in a conference game for the Bulldogs since posting a 4-1 win at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 4, 2009.
• With its 4-1 victory at Evansville, Drake is now 8-9-6 all-time in league openers in The Valley, including 6-4-6 under head coach Sean Holmes.  Over the last 12 seasons, the Bulldogs are 6-0-6 in conference openers.
• Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod registered shutouts in his first four collegiate starts and has allowed seven goals this season in 11 games.  He leads the Missouri Valley Conference in save percentage (.848), second in goals against average (0.74) and third in shutouts per game (0.45).
Alec Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) was selected as the MVC Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 30 - Oct. 6. He helped the Bulldogs extend their winning streak to four and unbeaten run to six as Drake garnered its fourth consecutive shutout with a 1-0 victory at Western Illinois (Oct. 1) before turning in a dominating 4-1 triumph at Evansville (Oct. 5).
• Drake swept the weekly MVC men’s soccer accolades for the period of Sept. 23-29 as senior Bryan Jantsch and Darrin MacLeod were named as the conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Jantsch registered the game-winning goal in the third minute (2:48) of Drake’s 1-0 victory past UMKC (Sept. 28). In only his third career start, MacLeod notched his third consecutive shutout with a five-save performance in a 1-0 win over the Kangaroos.
• Drake swept the weekly MVC accolades for the period of Sept. 16-22 as senior Addison Eck and Darrin MacLeod were named as the conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Eck sparked the Bulldogs to back-to-back shutouts, including scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at No. 14 New Mexico (Sept. 20). MacLeod made a splash in his first two collegiate starts against DePaul and No. 14 New Mexico, registering 10 saves en route to posting back-to-back shutouts.
Addison Eck was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 25 for his performances versus DePaul and New Mexico.
• Drake’s victory over No. 14 New Mexico was the first for the Bulldogs over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 13 Ohio State, 1-0 in overtime, in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
• TopDrawerSoccer.com named Thomas Schermoly to its national team of the week on Oct. 8.
• College Sports Madness named Darrin MacLeod its Madness Men’s Soccer MVC Player of the Week on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 after he registered shutouts in Drake’s games versus DePaul, No. 14 New Mexico and UMKC.
• The Bulldogs’ game with DePaul (Sept. 17) marked the 400th in the coaching career of Drake head coach Sean Holmes.
• Named to the Panther Invitational all-tournament team were Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa/Iowa City West) and Alec Bartlett.
• Senior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher’s eight combined saves versus Cal Poly and No. 14 Tulsa moved him into sixth place all-time at Drake in career saves.  He owns 172 career saves, 30 shy of surpassing Jordan Kadlec (2008-11) for fifth place all-time at Drake.
Rich Gallagher is ranked sixth, seventh, eighth, eighth, eighth, eighth and 10th, respectively, in career saves (172), minutes (2,932), shutouts (4), wins (10), games (33) and goals against average (1.87).
Jarred Arde is Drake’s active career leaders in goals (8) while Addison Eck paces the squad in assists (8) and points (20).  Bryan Jantsch owns a team-best 60 career shots.  Nick Marshall leads active Bulldogs on the roster in games played (70) and contests started (66).
Rich Gallagher’s 122 saves last season established a new single-season mark in school history.
• The Bulldogs are 37-13-9 since 2006 in home games, including 24-11-4 since 2009.

DEFENSE HAS BEEN KEY
Drake’s recent resurgence can be tied to the continued development of its defensive corps led by Alec Bartlett, Nick Marshall, redshirt junior Logan North, sophomore Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) and redshirt freshman James Grunert (Muskego, Wis./Muskego) along with goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod.  Over the last nine games, the Bulldogs have posted five shutouts.

SUNDAY PROVIDES SPARK FOR BULLDOGS
Drake head coach Sean Holmes has been consistent in his praise of the play of freshman Mueng Sunday in the midfield for the Bulldogs this season.  His efforts have helped Drake record a victory or a tie in eight of the team’s last 10 games, including recording five shutouts.  Through its first 14 games in 2013 with Sunday versus the initial 14 contests in 2012 without, Drake has reduced its opponents goals per game, while nearly equaling its shot and shots on goal percentages.

A 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 10 campaigns, including this fall, under head coach Sean Holmes, the Bulldogs own a 37-21-9 record (.619), including a 4-2 mark this season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months in October.

IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 3, Loyola 1 (Aug. 31, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake rolled off three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 victory past Loyola at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Nick Marshall collected the Bulldogs’ initial goal of both the game and the 2012 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 Addison Eck.

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 at the 83:47 mark.  The goal was served in from the top of the box off an assist by Ben LeMay.

The Ramblers thwarted the shutout bid by goalkeeper 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.

Bradley 3, Drake 2 (OT) (Oct. 17, 2012)
PEORIA, Ill. - A golden goal by Jochen Graf in the 92nd minute (91:47) lifted Bradley to a 3-2 overtime victory past Drake.

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

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

Andrew Brown gave the Braves 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 Jarred Arde.

Bradley posted an 18-13 advantage in shots in the affair, including 13-4 on goal. Michael Thaden registered a game-high five shots for Drake. Rich Gallagher pulled in a game-high 10 saves in the contest for the Bulldogs.  

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake owns a 2-5-1 record in its previous eight contests on Oct. 23. The Bulldogs hold a pair of wins over Quincy in 1990 and 1991.

Drake will be playing for the seventh time in program history on Oct. 26 when it battles Bradley on Saturday. The Bulldogs have registered a 3-2-1 mark in the previous six games on the date.
 
NATIONALLY SPEAKING
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  As a team, Drake is 49th in total assists (19), 53rd in total points (59), 54th in total goals (20), 62nd in assists per game (1.36), 62nd in saves per game (4.64), 62nd in shutout percentage (0.36), 69th points per contest (4.21) and 71st in scoring offense (1.43).  Individually, Darrin MacLeod ranks 16th in save percentage (.848) and 26th in goals against average (0.735).

IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 3-2 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring away from home.  Six Drake players have registered a goal, with Thomas Schermoly leading the way with three goals, followed by Jarred Arde, Bryan Jantsch, Alec Barlett, Danton Irelan and Ben LeMay with two, one, one, one and one goal, respectively. Schermoly leads the team in scoring with seven points.  LeMay, Arde and Jantsch pace Drake with eight, seven and seven shots, respectively.  Darrin MacLeod has been peppered by 57 shots in that span in goal and has posted 16 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their seven victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 12.6 shots, 4.0 corner kicks and 5.6 saves, while their opponents are recording 13.4 shots, 4.9 corner kicks and 3.0 saves.  In its five losses, Drake has recorded 9.8 shots, 4.2 corner kicks and 3.2 saves, while surrendering 14.8 shots, 7.4 corner kicks and 3.0 saves.

BULLDOGS SIXTH IN NSCAA MIDWEST REGION POLL
Drake is rated No. 6 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Regional Poll released on Oct. 22.  UAB is the regional leader, followed by Creighton, Tulsa, Memphis, Missouri State, Drake, Evansville, Bradley, Oakland and Houston Baptist.

EXPERIENCED SQUAD RETURNS FOR DRAKE
The Bulldogs return an experienced squad this season as eight starters are back for a Drake team that finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-11-4 ledger, including 2-2-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Senior Addison Eck is the Bulldogs’ top-returning scorer after recording five goals and a team-high four assists in 2012.  Senior goalkeeper Rich Gallagher started all 21 games for Drake a year ago and pulled in a school-record 122 saves.

BULLDOGS DUO EARNS PRESEASON ALL-MVC ACCOLADES
Drake senior Addison Eck and redshirt junior Jarred Arde were among 11 players tabbed by a vote of the seven Missouri Valley Conference head men’s soccer coaches as All-MVC Preseason first-team selections, the league announced on Monday (Aug. 26).

Eck started all 21 games for Drake in 2012 registering five goals, while adding a team-high four assists en route to honorable mention All-MVC honors.  He ranked second on the team in goals (5), points (14), shots (30), shots on goal (15) and game-winners (1).  Eck finished sixth in the MVC in assists (4), seventh in goals (5) and eighth in points per game (0.67).

Arde appeared in 21 games, including 17 starts for the Bulldogs a year ago en route to recording three goals and an assist.  He ranked third on the squad in goals (3), points (7) and shots (29).

PRESEASON MVC POLL TABS DRAKE SECOND
Drake was picked to finish second in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 36 points and one first-place vote.  Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs was league favorite SIU Edwardsville (40 points).  Rounding out the poll were Evansville (36 points), Bradley (35 points), Missouri State (21 points), Central Arkansas (19 points) and Loyola (9 points).

BULLDOGS HONORED
A pair of Bulldogs were honored when College Sport Madness released its men’s soccer MVC preseason team.  Senior Addison Eck was tabbed as a first-team honoree, while senior Nick Marshall was chosen as a second-team selection.

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 visit former league rival Creighton in a non-conference showdown on Oct. 30 before battling UIC (Illinois at Chicago) on Nov. 3.  Game time versus the Bluejays is set for 7:00 p.m., while the tilt versus the Flames gets underway at 1:00 p.m.

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