ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Drake junior defender Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) were among 11 players tabbed by a vote of the seven Missouri Valley Conference head women's soccer coaches as All-MVC Preseason first-team selections, the league announced on Wednesday (Aug. 15).
Fisher started all 19 games as a sophomore, helping anchor a Drake defensive unit that registered two shutouts. She was tabbed to the All-MVC first team in 2011 after garnering second team and All-Newcomer squad status as a freshman. She ranked third on the team in goals (2), while adding 12 shots, including five on net from her defender's slot.
Litch was named to the first team after a sophomore campaign in which she registered a school record and conference-best 132 saves en route to second-team All-MVC honors.
As a team, Drake was picked to finish fifth in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 20 points. Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs are Northern Iowa (25 points), Creighton (32 points), Missouri State (43 points) and league favorite Illinois State (47 points). Rounding out the poll was Indiana State (16 points) and Evansville (14 points).
The Bulldogs open their regular season on Friday (Aug. 17) hosting Northern Illinois at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Team (Total Points)
1. Illinois State (5) (47 points)
2. Missouri State (1) (43 points)
3. Creighton (32 points)
4. Northern Iowa (1) (25 points)
5. Drake (20 points)
6. Indiana State (16 points)
7. Evansville (14 points)
(#) first-place votes
2012 MVC Women's Soccer Preseason Team
Kristin Cooley, Illinois State
Sam Copley, UNI
Grace Cross, Missouri State
Megan Fisher, Drake
Kelsey Fouch, Missouri State
Kalena Litch, Drake
Brittney Neumann, CreightonAnna Stinson, Illinois State
Rachel Tejada, Illinois State
Stephanie Thompson, Evansville
Nia Williams, Missouri State