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Bulldogs Host UMKC In "KICK CANCER" Game Before Opening MVC Play Against Missouri State

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: September 18, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
Seeking to match a school record for consecutive victories, Drake looks to extend it six-game winning streak when the Bulldogs host UMKC on Wednesday (Sept. 19) before opening Missouri Valley Conference action entertaining Missouri State on Saturday (Sept. 22).

Drake's showdown with the Kangaroos in a 7:00 p.m. tilt at the Cownie Soccer Complex will represent the second annual "KICK Cancer Game".  In an effort to create awareness about cancer research the Bulldogs will donate navy blue jerseys for the contest 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.

Game time versus the Bears on Saturday (Sept. 22) is 7:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE KANGAROOS
UMKC (2-3-3)
enters play this week having posted a 1-2-2 mark in its last five contests, including a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Creighton last Thursday (Sept. 13).  Junior Taylor Bare directs the Kangaroo's attack with a team-high three goals.  In goal, freshman Nina Tzianos has garnered the majority of minutes owning 25 saves and a 0.71 goals against average.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Missouri State (5-5-1)
comes into action this week having recorded three-straight shutouts en route to a 2-0-1 mark.  The Bears have struggled away from home having posted one win in five games.  Senior Michelle Sommer paces Missouri State's attack with a team-high four goals, while juniors Rachel Weimer and Shelby Stewart have added three goals apiece.  Senior goalkeeper Chelsea Voet has recorded 46 saves, while owning a 1.15 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs encounter UMKC for the fourth time with Drake owning a 2-0-1 series advantage.  The Bulldogs and Kangaroos waged a 0-0 double-overtime draw last season at UMKC (Sept. 8, 2011).
Drake is meeting Missouri State for the 13th time with the Bulldogs maintaining a 7-3-2 series record.  In the last encounter in 2011, the Bears earned a 1-0 home victory on Oct. 7, 2011.

THE COACHES
UMKC: Chris Cissell
is in his second campaign at the helm of the Kangaroo's program, registering a 10-11-7 (.482) mark, while owning a 175-54-18 ledger (.745) in 13 seasons as a head coach.

Missouri State: Rob Brewer is in his 17th year leading the Bears, posting a 158-132-36 record (.540), while 226-160-38 (.578) overall in 22 seasons as a head coach.

Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 39-38-11 record (.506).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 39-38-11 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 PUSHES WIN STREAK TO SIX WITH 1-0 VICTORY
Senior Kelsey Pigg's (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee) goal in the 69th minute (68:16) lifted Drake to its sixth-consecutive victory as the Bulldogs (8-2) bested Eastern Illinois, 1-0, on Sunday (Sept. 16) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs controlled the early momentum of the affair before the Panthers awoke from their slumber and began to attack the Drake defensive third in a first half that saw both teams register seven shots.

The final 45 minutes played out in a similar manner before the Bulldogs were able to get what proved to be the game-winning goal from Pigg.

Setting up the tally was a strong service back into the center of the box from junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) to Pigg, who delivered the ball into the net for her second goal of the season.

Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn.) pulled in four saves for Drake en route to her third-consecutive shutout and fourth of the season.

The Bulldogs garnered a 15-12 shot advantage in the affair led by a game-high four shots from sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North).

LITCH SETS SAVE MARK IN 1-0 WIN
On the night when goalkeeper Kalena Litch set the all-time saves record at Drake, it was a goal by junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) in the eighth minute (7:52) that propelled the Bulldogs to a 1-0 shutout victory past Northern Colorado last Friday (Sept. 14) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Charles' goal, her third of the season, was set-up by the play of freshman Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) and Ashlie Stokes.

The Bulldogs outshot the Bears in the initial stanza, 6-5, but were forced to withstand an 8-1 shot barrage in the final period to collect the victory.

With her second save of the game at the 33:36 mark of the first half, Litch surpassed Jenny Schroeder (2006-08) to become Drake's all-time leader in career saves with 259.  She finished the contest with a game-high four saves en route to posting her third shutout of the year.

Stokes and senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) paced the Bulldog' attack with two shots apiece.

DRAKE IN MVC OPENERS
Drake opens its Missouri Valley Conference slate on Saturday (Sept. 22) as the Bulldogs battle Missouri State.  In its previous 10 conference openers, Drake has posted a 6-4 mark.

MVC HONORS FISHER AND LITCH

The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Drake juniors Megan Fisher and Kalena Litch were named the league's Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively.

Fisher helped anchor a defensive unit that registered back-to-back shutouts over the weekend to extend the Bulldogs' shutout string to three-straight games.  She was key in limiting Northern Colorado, in a 1-0 Drake victory last Friday (Sept. 14), to only four shots on goal en route to the clean sheet.

Fisher's biggest play didn't go into the stat column as the Bears slid into Litch at the 57:44 mark and poked the shot by her, but Fisher was there to clear a shot off the goal line and preserve the shutout.  
Fisher again was at her defensive best versus Eastern Illinois (a 1-0 Drake victory) on Sunday (Sept. 16) spearheading a defensive unit that held the Panthers to only four shots on goal.

Litch extended her shutout streak to three-consecutive games with a pair of clean sheets and seven saves over the weekend to help Drake extend its winning streak to six straight.

In the Bulldogs' win over Northern Colorado, Litch became Drake's all-time leader in saves when her second of three saves pushed her past Jenny Schroeder (2006-08).  Litch also compiled four saves in a 1-0 Bulldog' win over Eastern Illinois. 

BULLDOG BITES

  • Kalena Litch surpassed both Jenny Schroeder (2006-08) and Kate Stack (2002-04) to become Drake's all-time leader in minutes played against Eastern Illinois (Sept. 16) and now has played 4,608 career minutes for the Bulldogs. She also moved into second and third place, respectively, in career shutouts (15) and wins (22) with her performances last week.
  • Drake will go for its seventh-consecutive win when the Bulldogs host UMKC on Wednesday (Sept. 19). A victory over the Kangaroos and Drake will equal the school record for consecutive wins set during the 2003 and 2004 campaigns.
  • Junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch has registered three-straight shutouts and has held the opposition off the scoreboard for more than 334 minutes, dating back to a 2-1 win past South Dakota (Sept. 7).
  • On the strength of her three saves in the Bulldogs' 1-0 win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 14), Kalena Litch supplanted Jenny Schroeder (258 saves, 2006-08) and moved to the top of the all-time saves list at 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, on Sept. 10.
  • Kalena Litch is leading the Missouri Valley Conference in save percentage (.854) and goals against average (0.70). As a team, Drake paces the conference in goals against average (0.70) and goals allowed (0.70).
  • Kalena Litch made it back-to-back winners for the Bulldogs recognized as the College Sports Madness MVC Women's Soccer Player of the Week picking up the accolades on Monday (Sept. 17). A week earlier (Sept. 10) on the strength of registering the game-winning goal in Drake's 2-1 win over South Dakota, Generve Charles was awarded the honor.
  • 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 (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, Paige Dusek and Rhian Pritchard have accounted for 82 of Drake's 114 shots this season as the quintet leads the squad with 32, 19, 19, 16, 14 and 12 shots, respectively.
  • Ashlie Stokes has registered a game-winning goal in three of the Bulldogs' 10 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 (123) 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 (O'Fallon , Mo./St. Joseph Academy).
  • 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 26-13-3 in her five seasons.
  • Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 60 games in the past five seasons decided by one goal or less, including nine of 10 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 0, UMKC 0 (2OT) (Sept. 8, 2011)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -
Drake garnered a 0-0 double-overtime tie at UMKC despite owning a decided 17-8 advantage in shots.

Laura Moklestad paced the Bulldogs' attack with a game-high five shots, while Tara Zika (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline) chipped in four shots.  Kalena Litch recorded her first shutout of the season pulling in four saves for Drake.

Missouri State 1, Drake 0 (Oct. 7, 2011)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -
Bethany Smith's goal in the 14th minute (13:41) lifted Missouri State to a 1-0 victory over Drake.

Smith registered her fourth goal of the season beating Kalena Litch off passes from Shelby Stewart and Tara Bailes.

Shots were nearly identical in the initial stanza with the Bears owning a slim 7-6 advantage.  Missouri State went on to outshoot Drake, 17-12.

Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and Laura Moklestad paced the Bulldogs' attack with three shots apiece.

Moklestad had Drake's best scoring opportunity at the 85:33 mark when only a team save by the Missouri State defender prevented the Bulldogs from netting the equalizer.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Competing in its fifth contest in program history on Sept. 19, Drake goes in search of its second triumph after defeating Wyoming on the date in 2010, while dropping decisions to Murray State, Wyoming and Iowa State.  Drake will be playing for the fifth time in program history on Sept. 22 when it battles Missouri State on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 3-1 in their only other games on the date, defeating Loyola (3-2 in 2006 & 2-1 in 2002) and Northern Colorado (3-0 in 2005), while dropping a 1-0 decision last year at North Dakota State.

OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 5-0 mark in their last five contests, with all five occurring at home.  Five Drake players have registered a goal, with Generve Charles and Ashlie Stokes leading the way with two goals apiece.  Charles leads the team in scoring in that span with five points.  Ashlie Stokes paces Drake with 16 shots, while Brittany Schuling, Laura Moklestad and Paige Dusek have contributed 14, 13 and 10 shots, respectively.  Kalena Litch has been peppered by 46 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 16 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their eight victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 14.0 shots, 3.8 corner kicks and 4.5 saves, while their opponents recorded 10.4 shots, 5.4 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 are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  Drake is rated 27th, 36th and 48th, respectively, in winning percentage (.800), save percentage (.863) and goals against average (0.696).  Individually, Kalena Litch is 22nd, 41st and 50th nationally in minutes played (534.34, save percentage (.854) and goals against average (.696), while Ashlie Stokes and Generve Charles are rated 16th (3.0) and 46th (2.0), respectively, in game-winning goals.

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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs continue conference action with a showdown at Northern Iowa on Sept. 27.

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