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Bulldogs Look To Extend Winning Streak Hosting South Dakota And Nebraska Omaha

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Release: September 04, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
On the strength of a pair of one-goal victories, the Drake women's soccer team enters action this week seeking to extend its two-game winning streak as the Bulldogs host South Dakota and Nebraska Omaha.  First on the docket will be a meeting with the Coyotes on Friday (Sept. 7) at the Cownie Soccer Complex, before battling the Mavericks on Sunday (Sept. 9).  Game times are slated for 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.

SCOUTING THE COYOTES
South Dakota (1-3-1)
comes in play this week after registering its initial victory of the season with a 3-2 triumph over the College of St. Mary last Sunday (Sept. 2).  Junior Jenny Teslow paces the Coyotes with three goals and two assists.  Three goalies have seen action for South Dakota with sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor posting a team-high 14 saves, while surrendering a 1.86 goals against average.

SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS
Nebraska Omaha (0-5)
enters competition this week seeking its first victory of the season.  The Mavericks host Creighton on Friday (Sept. 7) before traveling to face the Bulldogs.  Senior Danielle Archuleta owns a team-best two goals for UNO, while freshman goalkeeper Meaghan Clark has registered 32 saves, while sporting a 3.20 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs are meeting South Dakota for the fourth time with Drake owning a 3-0 series advantage.  In the last encounter in 2010, the Bulldogs recorded a 1-0 home victory past the Coyotes.
Drake squares off against Nebraska Omaha for only the second time in program history and first since 2003, when the two sides meet on Sunday (Sept. 9).  The Mavericks registered a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs on Sept. 26, 2003.

THE COACHES
South Dakota: Mandy Green
is in her third year leading the Coyotes, posting a 6-30-6 record (.214).

Nebraska Omaha: Don Klosterman is in his 14th campaign at the helm of the Mavericks' program, registering a 198-64-12 (.745) mark. 

Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 35-38-11 record (.482).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 35-38-11 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.

GOLDEN GOAL LIFTS DRAKE PAST NORTH DAKOTA STATE
A golden goal by senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) at the 95:34 mark lifted Drake to a 2-1 overtime triumph past North Dakota State last Sunday (Sept. 2) at the Cownie Soccer Complex

The game-winning tally was set-up off of back-to-back headers courtesy of freshman Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) and junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) which were played into Moklestad, who served the ball past Bison' goalkeeper Sierra Bonham.

The goal for Moklestad was the 15th of her career and moved her into a fifth-place tie with Melissa Nelson (2003-06) on the all-time Drake list.

Despite the Bulldogs statistically dominating North Dakota State in the contest, neither side was able to crack the scoring column until sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) delivered her team-leading fourth goal of the year at the 73:09 mark to give Drake a 1-0 lead.

After a corner kick by junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) the ball was cleared out of the box by sophomore Tori Flynn (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Joseph Academy), who played the ball back into Schuling, who sent the ball into the box where Stokes connected on a header for the goal.

The lead was short-lived as the Bison netted the equalizer in the 75th minute (74:39) on Anisha Kinnarath's strike from the top of the box for the North Dakota State tally.

The Bulldogs registered a 24-4 advantage in shots in the affair, including 15-3 in the final stanza.
Stokes paced all players with a game-high six shots, while Schuling, junior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and Moklestad chipped in four, four and three shots, respectively. 

Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) registered three stops for Drake.

BULLDOGS BEST JACKRABBITS, 2-1
Ashlie Stokes picked an opportune time to register her third goal of the season as her game-winning tally at the 74:35 mark lifted Drake to a 2-1 victory at South Dakota State last Friday (Aug. 31).

The win enabled the Bulldogs to close their four-game road swing with a 2-2 mark, while also surpassing their road victory total for all of the 2011 campaign.

The Bulldogs began the scoring in the affair in the ninth minute (8:00) when Generve Charles connected on an empty net goal.  Earning assists on the tally were Laura Moklestad and Rhian Pritchard.

The assist for Moklestad moved her into the top-10 in career assists at Drake with eight.

The Jackrabbits netted the equalizer at the 52:33 mark off a goal from Darci Miller.  Megan Kingston was credited with the assist,

South Dakota State garnered a 14-9 advantage in shots on the evening, while Charles and Stokes registered four and three shots, respectively, for Drake.

Kalena Litch pulled in five saves for the Bulldogs.

BULLDOG BITES

  • Drake's 2-1 overtime victory past North Dakota State last Sunday (Sept. 2) enabled the Bulldogs to equal their win total for all of the 2011 campaign.
  • Ashlie Stokes' four goals this season through six games has enabled her to match senior Laura Moklestad's team-leading goal total (4) for all of the 2011 campaign.
  • Ashlie Stokes and Generve Charles have accounted for 35 of Drake's 76 shots this season as the duo leads the squad with 22 and 13 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 eight saves shy of supplanting Jenny Schroeder (258 saves, 2006-08) atop the list.
  • Ashlie Stokes has registered a game-winning goal in three of the Bulldogs' six games this season. Last season, no Drake player recorded more than one game-winning tally.
  • Senior Laura Moklestad is ranked fifth, sixth, sixth and 10th, respectively, in Drake history in career goals (15), points (38), shots (120) and assists (8).
  • 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.
  • Kalena Litch surpassed Erin Jarvis (2003-06) for third all-time in career minutes against Creighton last season and now has played 4,248 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 22-13-3 in her five seasons.
  • Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 57 games in the past four seasons decided by one goal or less, including all six 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
Drake 1, South Dakota 0 (Sept. 30, 2010)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Generve Charles' goal in the 69th minute (68:09) proved to be all the scoring Drake needed as the Bulldogs registered a 1-0 victory over South Dakota at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Charles' tally was set up by a strong feed from Brittany Schuling, who got the ball to Charles, who in turn struck a ball to the lower left corner to beat South Dakota goalkeeper Jen Ogren.

The Bulldogs statistically dominated the Coyotes in the affair in nearly every category as Drake owned a 22-7 advantage in shots and 6-1 in corner kicks.

Kasey Wellman (Northfield, Minn./Northfield) and Paige Dusek sparked Drake with a game-high four shots each. Kalena Litch collected four saves en route to posting her sixth shutout of the season.

Nebraska Omaha 1,Drake 0 (Sept. 26, 2003)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
A single goal proved to be all the scoring Nebraska Omaha needed as it registered a 1-0 road triumph past Drake on Sept. 26, 2003.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
The Bulldogs are facing their fourth game on Sept. 7 and first at home when Drake plays South Dakota on Friday.  The Bulldogs are 2-1 on the date with wins over Western Michigan and DePaul in 2003 and 2007, respectively.  Drake will be playing for the second time in program history on Sept. 9 when it battles Nebraska Omaha on Sunday. The Bulldogs lost their only other game on the date, dropping a 1-0 overtime decision versus North Dakota State in 2005.  

OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 3-2 mark in their last five contests, with all but one occurring away from home.  Three Drake players have registered a goal, with Ashlie Stokes leading the way with three goals.  Stokes leads the team in scoring in that span with six points.  Stokes paces Drake with 20 shots, while Generve Charles has contributed 10 shots.  Kalena Litch has been peppered by 53 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 22 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their four victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 13.0 shots, 3.8 corner kicks and 5.3 saves, while their opponents recorded 10.2 shots, 6.3 corner kicks and 4.5 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 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 hosting Northern Colorado and Eastern Illinois on Sept. 14 and Sept. 16, respectively.  Game time against the Bears at the Cownie Soccer Complex is slated for 7:00 p.m., while the showdown with the Panthers will begin at 1:00 p.m.

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