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Drake Closes Out Four-Game Road Swing At South Dakota State Before Hosting North Dakota State

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Release: August 28, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
The Drake women's soccer team faces a challenging week as the Bulldogs close out their four-game road swing at South Dakota State on Friday (Aug. 31) before returning home to begin a seven-match homestand hosting North Dakota State on Sunday (Sept. 2) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.  Drake's contest against the Jackrabbits is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start, while the showdown with the Bison will begin at 12:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE JACKRABBITS
South Dakota State (1-2-1)
enters action this week after suffering a 5-0 loss versus Georgia last Sunday (Aug. 26) and garnering a 0-0 double-overtime draw with UNLV last Friday (Aug. 24).  The Jackrabbits have been stifled offensively, owning only a pair of goals in four games.  Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Elisa Stamatakis has registered 19 saves, while surrendering a 2.43 goals against average this season..  

SCOUTING THE BISON
North Dakota State (1-3)
comes into competition this week after defeating Eastern Washington, 3-2, last Friday (Aug. 24) before dropping a 2-0 decision at Idaho on Sunday (Aug. 26).  Six different Bison have registered one goal apiece with sophomore Jaclyn Scanlan adding an assist to lead North Dakota State with three points.  Redshirt freshman Sierra Bonham has played the majority of minutes in goal for the Bison and owns 21 saves, while posting a 2.31 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs are meeting South Dakota State for the eighth time with Drake owning a 4-3 series advantage.  Last season, the Jackrabbits posted a 1-0 road victory over the Bulldogs.

Drake squares off against North Dakota State for the seventh time in program history, when the two sides meet on Sunday (Sept. 2)  The Bison registered a 1-0 home win over the Bulldogs last season.

THE COACHES
South Dakota State: Lang Wedemeyer
is in his 13th year leading the Jackrabbits, posting a 112-88-26 record (.553).

North Dakota State: Mark Cook is in his first campaign at the helm of the Bison' program, registering a 1-3 (.250) mark.  

Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 33-38-11 record (.470).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 33-38-11 record as head coach after serving five seasons (2003-08) as assistant coach for the Bulldogs.
Horner was named to her position on April 10, 2008, becoming only the second head coach for women's soccer, which began as a varsity sport in 2002.

Horner directed a youthful 2011 squad, that featured 10 underclassmen starters, to a 4-11-4 mark.  The record may not belie the talent on the team as the Bulldogs were involved in 14 games decided by a goal or less, posting three wins and four ties in those matches.

Four members of the team garnered All-Missouri Valley Conference honors, led by sophomore Megan Fisher, who was honored as a first-team All-MVC selection.  Junior Laura Moklestad and sophomore Kalena Litch collected second-team All-MVC recognition.  Pulling in All-Freshman team laurels was Tori Flynn.

Additionally, Moklestad became the first Bulldog to earn regional accolades more than once when she was tabbed a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru All-Great Lakes Regional third-team selection for the second-consecutive year.

Moklestad joined Andrea Schmitz and Sarah Foote, who were also named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Regional team in 2004 and 2006, respectively, as the only Bulldogs to earn regional honors.

Drake was one of 89 schools nationwide that were honored with a Team Ethics Award by the NSCAA.
The Bulldogs were one of 56 teams claiming the Silver Award, which is given to squads that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards.  Drake was the lone Missouri Valley Conference representative, men or women, among the 89 teams honored.

Off the field, the Bulldogs were honored for their academic success by the NSCAA as a College Team Academic Award Winner for 2011.  It marked the ninth consecutive campaign Drake was honored.  The Bulldogs maintained a team grade point average of 3.31 for the 2010-11 academic year.  Additionally, Moklestad was selected as a first-team All-MVC Scholar-Athlete recipient for the second-straight season.

Horner led the Bulldogs to a breakout campaign in 2010 as Drake posted a 10-6-3 overall mark.  The 10 wins marked the Bulldogs' first double-figure win campaign since going 12-6-2 during its NCAA Tournament season in 2006.

As a team, Drake matched a school record with nine shutouts, all by freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch.
Six members of the team garnered All-MVC honors, led by Moklestad, who was honored as a first team All-MVC selection.

Paige Dusek, Fisher and Litch collected both second team All-MVC and All-Freshman team recognition.  Pulling in honorable mention laurels were senior Bailey Dorrington and redshirt junior Ali Walsh.
Additionally, Moklestad and senior Katie Anderson were selected to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete first and honorable mention teams, respectively.

Horner led the Bulldogs to a 9-9-1 mark in 2009.  Earning first team All-MVC honors was senior Elizabeth Woerle, while fellow seniors Blair Nelson and Crystal Townley collected second team laurels.  Receiving All-MVC honorable mention recognition were seniors Rachel Gielau and Melissa Lewis along with junior Bailey Dorrington. Moklestad was selected to the MVC All-Freshmen squad.  Lewis also earned first team All-MVC Scholar-Athlete honors for the second consecutive year.

In Horner's first season leading the Bulldogs, Drake posted an 8-10-1 mark in 2008, including a 4-2 record in the MVC. Senior Katie Sauer was tabbed a first team All-MVC selection, while then senior Jenny Schroeder, Woerle and Townley were chosen second team All-MVC.  Nelson and Lewis gained honorable mention all-league accolades, while freshmen Samantha Knosby and Danielle Figliola were named to the All-MVC Freshman team.

Off the field, Drake maintained a collective 3.25 grade point average with Schroeder and Lewis tabbed as first team All-MVC Scholar-Athlete selections.

Horner was the Bulldogs' top assistant from 2003-08. During her tenure, the Bulldogs compiled a 56-35-9 record winning four MVC Conference regular season championships, while competing in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. She assisted in all facets of the Bulldog soccer program and served as camp director of the Premier Soccer camps.

Horner, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, was a four-year letterwinner at Kansas, being named the Jayhawks' most valuable offensive player as a senior in 2000. She was an all-academic Big 12 Conference selection in the spring of 2001 and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree from the school of education, majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in sports management.

She recently earned a master's degree in adult learning and organizational performance with an emphasis in leadership at Drake.

Horner holds a Premier Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA and a 'A' license from USSF.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE EDGES DRAKE, 2-1
Fueled by a pair of unanswered goals, Southeast Missouri State (1-2-1) upended Drake's attempt at victory as the Redhawks registered a 2-1 triumph past the Bulldogs (2-2) on Sunday (Aug. 26).

The Bulldogs took an early lead in the contest, as Drake was the recipient of an own goal at the 5:57 mark.

The advantage held until Erin Shulman netted the equalizer in the 22nd minute (21:43) on a penalty kick.

Courtney Luehmann notched the game-winning tally for the Redhawks at the 59:36 mark to account for the final 2-1 score.

Junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) led the Drake attack with a team-high four shots, while juniors Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) and Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) added three and two shots, respectively.  Shulman paced Southeast Missouri State with a game-high five shots.

Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) collected three saves for the Bulldogs.

BULLDOGS SHUTOUT AT SIU EDWARDSVILLE, 1-0
A seventh-minute (6:27) goal from Michelle Auer spoiled the attempt by Drake for its first-ever 3-0 start as SIU Edwardsville (1-2) registered a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs (2-1) last Friday (Aug. 24).

In its third one-goal decision of the season, Drake recorded a 12-10 advantage in shots, including 7-5 in the second half.

Sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) provided Drake with its best scoring opportunities in the final stanza registering the Bulldogs' lone shots on goal in the final 45 minutes at the 45:28 and 59:24 marks, respectively.  She also had a shot blocked in the 60th minute (59:30).

Stokes paced all players with a game-high six shots, while senior Kelsey Pigg (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee) added two.  The Cougars were directed by a three-shot effort from Auer.

Kalena Litch recorded five saves for Drake.

BULLDOG BITES

  • Ashlie Stokes and Generve Charles have accounted for 21 of Drake's 43 shots this season as the duo leads the squad with 13 and 8 shots, respectively.
  • On the strength of her 13 saves in the Bulldogs' opening weekend, Kalena Litch moved past Kate Stack (2002-04) and into second place all-time at Drake in career saves (243). She is 16 saves shy of supplanting Jenny Schroeder (258 saves, 2006-08) atop the list.
  • Ashlie Stokes has registered a game-winning goal in two of the Bulldogs' four games this season. Last season, no Drake player recorded more than one game-winning tally.
  • Senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) is ranked sixth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in Drake history in career goals (14), points (35) and shots (116), while sitting one assist shy of cracking the top-10 in career assists.
  • Junior Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny), Laura Moklestad and Kalena Litch were named first-team selections on the College Sports Madness MVC Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team. Tabbed as a second-team honoree was sophomore Tori Flynn (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Joseph Academy).
  • Kalena Litch surpassed Erin Jarvis (2003-06) for third all-time in career minutes against Creighton last season and now has played 4,062 career minutes for Drake.
  • Drake's victory over Nebraska (Aug. 19) marked the first time the Bulldogs have begun a campaign at 2-0 since 2003, while also representing the first-ever triumph over the Huskers in five meetings between the schools.
  • Drake also garnered only the third win versus a team from the Big Ten Conference in program history when it bested Nebraska, and first since downing Iowa, 1-0, during the 2004 campaign.
  • The Bulldogs spread the scoring wealth last season as eight players scored a goal. It matches the total number of Bulldogs to score at least one goal from 2009 and 2011 and is the most since nine Drake players found the back of the net in 2008.
  • With her sixth save of the game against Northern Iowa (Oct. 27, 2011) at the 64:09 mark, Kalena Litch established a single-season saves record at Drake with her 125th stop of the season to surpass Kate Stack (2002). She finished the year with a league-best 132 saves last season.
  • The Bulldogs have continued their solid play at home under fifth-year head coach Lindsey Horner, having gone 21-13-3 in her five seasons.
  • Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 55 games in the past four seasons decided by one goal or less, including all four this season.
  • In their 11 season lidlfiters, the Bulldogs have been challenged by Arizona (twice), Eastern Michigan, Florida, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa, North Dakota State, Iowa State (twice) and Northern Illinois and own a 3-7-1 mark after Drake's 2-1 victory over Northern Illinois this season. The Bulldogs' three victories have come over Eastern Michigan in 2003 (2-0), North Dakota State in 2009 (2-1 in OT) and Northern Illinois in 2012.

IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
South Dakota State 1, Drake 0 (OT) (Sept. 2, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
A golden goal by Stephanie Berube stunned Drake as South Dakota State registered a 1-0 overtime victory past the Bulldogs at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The contest proved to be a back-and-forth affair as neither side was able to crack the scoring column through the game's initial 90 minutes. The Jackrabbits owned a 14-10 shot advantage in regulation before posting a 3-1 edge in overtime to outshoot the Bulldogs, 17-11.

In eight minutes of reserve duty Paige Dusek shared top-shot honors for Drake with Laura Moklestad with two shots apiece.  Kalena Litch recorded a team-best 10 saves.

North Dakota State 1,Drake, 0 (Sept. 22, 2011)
FARGO, N.D. -
Holly Christian's goal in the 41st minute (40:06) proved to be all the scoring North Dakota State needed as the Bison upended Drake, 1-0.

Drake was outshot in the affair, 17-12, with Brittany Schuling leading the Bulldogs with a team-high four shots.  Adding two shots apiece were Ashlie Stokes and Gina Zurbey (New Brighton, Minn./St. Anthony Village).  North Dakota State was paced by a game-best six shots from Katie Tallas.

Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) pulled in six saves for Drake, while Kalani Bertsch netted three stops for the Bison.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
The Bulldogs are facing their third game on Aug. 31 when Drake battles South Dakota State on Friday.  The Bulldogs are 1-1 on the date after downing Marshall, 1-0, in 2003, while losing their only other contest, dropping a 1-0 decision against Northwestern in 2007.  Drake will be playing for the third time in program history on Sept. 2 when it battles North Dakota State on Sunday. The Bulldogs lost their only other games on the date, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision at No. 20 Marquette in 2005 and a 1-0 contest against South Dakota State last season.  

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their two victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 9.5 shots, 2.5 corner kicks and 6.5 saves, while their opponents recorded 11.5 shots, 9.0 corner kicks and 2.5 saves.  In its two losses, Drake is recording 12.0 shots, 1.0 corner kicks and 4.0 saves, while surrendering 11.0 shots, 6.0 corner kicks and 4.5 saves.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
The Bulldogs were nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories last season.  Drake was rated 49th in save percentage (.829).  Individually, Kalena Litch finished eighth nationally in total saves (132) and 56th in save percentage (.830).

FISHER AND LITCH EARN PRESEASON ALL-MVC ACCOLADES
Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and Kalena Litch 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 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 as a sophomore 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.

PRESEASON MVC POLL TABS DRAKE FIFTH
Drake was picked to finish fifth in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 20 points.  Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs were Northern Iowa (25 points), Creighton (32 points), Missouri State (43 points) and league favorite Illinois State (47 points).  Rounding out the poll were Indiana State (16 points) and Evansville (14 points).

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs continue a seven-match homestand entertaining South Dakota and Nebraska Omaha on Sept. 7 and Sept. 9, respectively.  Game time against the Coyotes at the Cownie Soccer Complex is slated for 7:00 p.m., while the showdown with the Mavericks will begin at 1:00 p.m.

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