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Drake Hosts Northern Colorado And Eastern Illinois Seeking To Extend Win Streak To Six

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Release: September 11, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
On the strength of its longest winning streak since the 2008 campaign, the Drake women's soccer team continues its seven-game homestand hosting Northern Colorado and Eastern Illinois at the Cownie Soccer Complex this week.  The Bulldogs will battle the Bears on Friday (Sept. 14) at 7:00 p.m. before a first-ever encounter with the Panthers on Sunday (Sept. 16) at 1:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Northern Colorado (2-3-1)
comes into play this week after suffering a 2-0 home setback against Wyoming last Thursday (Sept. 6).  Junior Brittany Dunn leads the Bears with two goals and one assist, while senior goalkeeper Natalie D'Adamio owns 28 saves, while boasting a 1.61 goals against average.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Eastern Illinois (2-5)
enters action this week after splitting its games last weekend as the Panthers dropped a 2-1 home decision versus Northern Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 9) after posting a 2-1 road win over Evansville on Friday (Sept. 7).  Senior Kristin Germann owns a team-best three goals, while redshirt junior goalkeeper Jessica Taldone has registered 44 saves, while sporting a 1.95 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs are meeting Northern Colorado for the third time with Drake owning a 1-0-1 series advantage.  In the last encounter in 2011, the two squads waged a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Northern Colorado.

Drake is encountering Eastern Illinois for the first time in program history.

THE COACHES
Northern Colorado: Tim Barrera
is in his 14th campaign at the helm of the Bears' program, registering a 119-111-19 (.516) mark, while owning a 179-155-22 ledger (.534) in 19 seasons as a head coach.

Eastern Illinois: Summer Perala is in her fourth year leading the Panthers, posting a 21-34-12 record (.403).

Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 37-38-11 record (.494).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 37-38-11 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.

DRAKE DISPATCHES NEBRASKA OMAHA, 2-0
A pair of second-half goals propelled Drake to its fourth-straight victory, 2-0, over Nebraska Omaha on Sunday (Sept. 9) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Battling through a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs staked themselves to a 1-0 lead after a UNO defender knocked a ball into the net at the 55:36 mark for an own goal.

The tally appeared it might hold up as the lone score in the affair, but junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) added an insurance goal in the 86th minute (85:44) to provide the final 2-0 margin.

Drake outshot the Mavericks in the tilt, 16-3, including 9-2 over the final 45 minutes.  Schuling and senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) led the Bulldogs with a game-high four shots apiece, while three different Nebraska Omaha players were credited with a shot.

Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) moved to within one save of equaling Jenny Schroeder (2006-08) atop Drake's all-time saves list with a two-save performance.

DRAKE POWERS PAST SOUTH DAKOTA, 2-1
Junior Generve Charles' (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) goal in the 56th minute (55:13) sealed a 2-1 victory for Drake over South Dakota in women's soccer action last Friday (Sept. 7) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The triumph enabled the Bulldogs to surpass their win total for all of the 2011 campaign, while extending their winning streak to three straight.

The Coyotes began the scoring in the affair when Teagan Eberle delivered her second goal of the season at the 25:58 mark on a give-and-go from Jenny Teslow.

South Dakota appeared destined to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead, but the Coyotes were whistled for a foul in the box with only three ticks left before the intermission.

Senior Kelsey Pigg (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee) stepped in and converted the penalty kick to square the contest at one.  That goal was the first collegiate goal for Pigg.

After narrowly outshooting South Dakota in the initial 45 minutes, 11-10, Drake registered an 11-4 second-half shot margin to finish the game winning the battle of the shots, 22-14.

The most-decisive shot came off the foot of Charles, who beat Abby Lindsey to the corner on a give-and-go from sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) for the game-winning goal.

Junior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) directed the Bulldogs with a team-high four shots, while contributing three shots apiece were Stokes, Brittany Schuling, Laura Moklestad and sophomore Katie Helmlinger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy).

Kalena Litch recorded four stops for the Bulldogs.

DRAKE DUO EARNS MVC HONORS
The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Drake juniors Brittany Schuling and Kalena Litch were named the league's Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively.

Schuling was honored for the first time in her Drake career, while Litch garnered a weekly league award for the second-consecutive week and fourth time as a Bulldog.

Schuling helped Drake extend its winning streak to four straight registering team highs in goals (1), points (2), shots (7) and shots on goal (3) in two games, while helping the Bulldogs notch their second shutout of the season.

In Drake's 2-1 win over South Dakota last Friday (Sept. 7), Schuling posted three shots, while helping limit the Coyotes to four second-half shots.

She recorded a game-high four shots in the Bulldogs' 2-0 victory past Nebraska Omaha on Sunday (Sept. 9), including a goal in the 86th minute (85:44).  Her biggest play didn't go down in the stats as she helped deliver a through ball to senior Laura Moklestad, who shot a ball that was knocked in by the Maverick defender for an own goal.

Litch recorded six saves, while owning a 0.50 goals against average last week.  In Drake's 2-1 win over South Dakota last Friday (Sept. 7), she pulled in four saves, of which three came in the second half.
She added two saves en route to her second shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory past Nebraska Omaha on Sunday (Sept. 9) moving her to within one save of equaling the school record for saves (258) set by Jenny Schroeder (2006-08).

BULLDOG BITES

  • Kalena Litch is leading the Missouri Valley Conference in save percentage (.829) and goals against average (0.87). As a team, Drake paces the conference in goals against average (0.87), goals allowed (0.88) and shots per game (14.25).
  • Generve Charles was tabbed by College Sports Madness as its MVC Women's Soccer Player of the Week (Sept. 10) on the strength of registering the game-winning goal in Drake's 2-1 win over South Dakota last Friday (Sept. 7).
  • The Bulldogs' two-goal victory over Nebraska Omaha broke a string of 25-straight games since Drake's last triumph decided by more than one tally, a 3-1 win over Green Bay last season.
  • Drake's 2-1 victory past South Dakota last Friday (Sept. 7) enabled the Bulldogs to surpass their win total for all of the 2011 campaign.
  • Ashlie Stokes and Kalena Litch were honored as the MVC Offensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the week on Sept. 4.
  • Ashlie Stokes' four goals this season through eight games has enabled her to match senior Laura Moklestad's team-leading goal total (4) for all of the 2011 campaign.
  • Ashlie Stokes, Brittany Schuling, Generve Charles, Laura Moklestad and Paige Dusek have accounted for 83 of Drake's 114 shots this season as the quintet leads the squad with 26, 16, 16, 13 and 12 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. She is two 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' eight 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 4,428 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 24-13-3 in her five seasons.
  • Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 58 games in the past five seasons decided by one goal or less, including seven of eight 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 MEETING
Drake 2, Northern Colorado 2 (Sept. 18, 2011)
GREELEY, Colo. -
Drake collected a 2-2 double-overtime draw at Northern Colorado.

Laura Moklestad gave the Bulldogs the early advantage connecting on a goal at the 13:54 mark, to provide an early 1-0 lead.  Earning the assist on the tally was Danielle Figliola.

The contest remained in favor of the Bulldogs until Tara Rickenbach's header off a corner kick by Madison Yoswa in the 65th minute (64:58) evened the affair at one.

Just over a minute later (66:05), Ashlie Stokes recorded her first collegiate goal off an assist by Kiah Swanson (Fort Collins, Colo.) to give Drake a 2-1 lead.

The Bears fought back to square the tilt at two in the 88th minute (87:44) off a goal from Yoswa.

Northern Colorado peppered goalkeeper Kalena Litch in overtime owning a 12-3 shot advantage, but neither side was able to crack the scoring column in extra time before settling for a 2-2 draw.

The Bears garnered a 34-15 margin in shots on the afternoon.  Drake was paced by four shots apiece from Moklestad and Stokes, while Brittany Schuling added three shots.  Litch pulled in nine saves for the Bulldogs.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
The Bulldogs are facing their fifth game on Sept. 14 when Drake plays Northern Colorado on Friday.  The Bulldogs are 2-2 on the date with wins over Western Kentucky and Portland State in 2002 and 2008, respectively.  Drake will be playing for the fifth time in program history on Sept. 16 when it battles Eastern Illinois on Sunday. The Bulldogs are 1-1-2 in their only other games on the date, tying Nebraska (0-0 2OT) in 2008 and Wyoming (1-1 2OT) last season, while falling to Florida (2-0) in 2007 and defeating Ohio (2-0) in 2005.  

OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 4-1 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring at home.  Five Drake players have registered a goal, with Generve Charles and Ashlie Stokes leading the way with two goals apiece.  The duo leads the team in scoring in that span with five points each.  Brittany Schuling paces Drake with 14 shots, while Stokes, Charles, Laura Moklestad and Paige Dusek have contributed 13, 12, 12 and 11 shots, respectively.  Kalena Litch has been peppered by 47 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 17 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their six victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 15.0 shots, 4.7 corner kicks and 4.7 saves, while their opponents recorded 9.7 shots, 5.0 corner kicks and 4.8 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).

HOMES GAMES TO BE STREAMED LIVE
Drake women'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.

BULLDOGS TO HOST SECOND-ANNUAL "KICK CANCER GAME"
The Drake women's soccer team will host its second annual "KICK Cancer Game" contest on Sept. 19 when the Bulldogs battle UMKC at the Cownie Soccer Complex beginning at 7:00 p.m.

In an effort to create awareness about cancer research Drake will donate navy blue jerseys for the affair that will be auctioned off during the game, with proceeds benefiting John Stoddard Cancer Center. The first 400 fans in attendance will receive a navy blue "KICK Cancer" t-shirt.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs conclude their homestand entertaining UMKC on Sept. 19 before commencing Missouri Valley Conference play hosting Missouri State on Sept. 22.

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