Seeking to continue its nine-game unbeaten streak, Drake will face a pair of challenges this week as the Bulldogs step out of conference play at Western Illinois on Wednesday (Oct. 3) before hosting Evansville on Sunday (Oct. 7) for Senior Day. Game time against the Leathernecks is slated for 3:30 p.m., while the showdown with the Aces will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
SCOUTING THE LEATHERNECKS
Western Illinois (9-2) enters play this week having posted three-straight wins, including 4-1 and 2-0 decisions, respectively, over UMKC and South Dakota last week. Senior Katie Condon directs the Leathernecks' attack with a team-high five goals. In goal, junior Laura Atkinson owns 18 saves and a 0.41 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE PURPLES ACES
Evansville (2-6-3, 1-0-1 MVC) comes into action this week unbeaten in its last four games, including a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Missouri State on Sunday (Sept. 30). Freshman Abby Springer leads the Purple Aces with a team-best four goals, while junior Stephanie Thompson and freshman Kayla Smith have added two tallies apiece. Senior goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison and freshman Simone Busby have nearly split the minutes in net for Evansville this fall, recording 33 and 29 saves, respectively.
Drake is meeting Western Illinois for the seventh time with the Bulldogs maintaining a 4-2 series record. In the last encounter in 2011, Drake suffered a 1-0 home setback on Sept. 4, 2011.
The Bulldogs will square off against Evansville for the 15th time with Drake holding an 8-6 series lead.
A year ago, the Purple Aces dispatched the Bulldogs, 3-0, in the regular season on Oct. 23, 2011, before downing Drake, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Oct. 30, 2011.
Western Illinois: Ted Flogaites is in his first year leading the Leathernecks, posting a 9-2 record (.353), while standing 131-87-13 (.415) overall in 12 seasons as a head coach.
Evansville: Krista McKendree is in her fifth campaign directing the Purple Aces and maintains a 30-48-10 ledger (.398).
Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 41-38-12 record (.516).
DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 41-38-12 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.
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 TO HONOR FIVE SENIORS
Drake's showdown against Evansville represents Senior Day for seniors Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt), Kelsey Pigg (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee), Lauren Strickfaden (Wichita, Kan./Independent), Kasey Wellman (Northfield, Minn./Northfield) and Tara Zika (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy). The group will be recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.
Drake's active leader in games played is Moklestad with 72. She holds 17 goals and 10 assists in her career. Pigg has appeared in 28 games, including all 13 this season and owns two goals and one assist. Strickfaden has played in eight career contests, including one this season. Wellman has garnered playing time in 41 games and has recorded three goals and two assists. With six career goals and three assists, Zika has appeared in 37 games.
BULLDOGS BATTLE NORTHERN IOWA TO 1-1 DOUBLE-OT TIE
Drake saw its school-record eight-game winning streak snapped last Thursday (Sept. 27) as the Bulldogs and Northern Iowa battled 110 minutes before each exited with a key Missouri Valley Conference point in a 1-1 double-overtime tie.
The Panthers broke into the scoring column first at the 5:00 mark when Kiki McClellan netted the goal for Northern Iowa off an assist from Sarah McHugh.
The lead was short-lived as Drake was the recipient of an own goal 33 seconds later that squared the contest at one.
Outshot in the affair, 21-9, including 7-2 on goal, the Bulldogs were unable to find the back of the net to extend their winning streak.
Northern Iowa was led by a game-high six shots from Melissa Hagan, while Drake was paced by a three-shot performance from junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East).
Junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) recorded six saves for the Bulldogs, while Erin Zaideman notched one stop for the Panthers.
Owning an 8-0-1 mark over its last nine games, including a school-record eight-game winning streak, Drake is currently on the second-best run in school history. The Bulldogs trail only the 2004 Drake squad that was unbeaten in 12-straight games from Sept. 24 - Nov. 5, 2004.
THE TIME TO SHINE
The change of seasons has boded well for Drake over the years as the flipping of the calendar from September to October has ignited the Bulldogs into some of their best soccer of the season. In Drake's last 11 seasons, the Bulldogs own a 48-23-6 record (.662) in the month of October. In five of the previous 10 seasons, Drake has lost one game or fewer.
- Drake's win over Missouri State (Sept. 22) enabled the Bulldogs to establish a new school record for consecutive wins (8), surpassing the previous mark (7) set during both the 2003 and 2004 campaigns.
- Kalena Litch has moved into a tie atop the all-time wins list at Drake with Jenny Schroeder (2006-08) and Kate Stack (2002-04) with 24 career victories in goal.
- Sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) and junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) have moved into the single-season top-10 record books this year in goals (6) and assists (5), respectively.
- Drake opened the road portion of its Missouri Valley Conference slate last Thursday (Sept. 27) posting a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Northern Iowa to move to 6-4-1 all-time in league road openers.
- Drake opened its MVC slate with a 3-0 victory past Missouri State (Sept. 22), a win that moved the Bulldogs to 7-4 all-time in league openers.
- Drake's showdown with UMKC (Sept. 19) represented the second annual "KICK Cancer Game". In an effort to create awareness about cancer research the Bulldogs donated navy blue jerseys for the contest that were auctioned off during the game, with proceeds benefiting the John Stoddard Cancer Center. The squad also sold memory cards that raised $660 for cancer research.
- The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Drake juniors Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and Kalena Litch were named the league's Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 10-16.
- Ashlie Stokes' six goals this season through 13 games has enabled her to surpass senior Laura Moklestad's team-leading goal total (4) for all of the 2011 campaign.
- Laura Moklestad was named by TopDrawerSoccer.com to its 11-member women's soccer National Team of the Week, the website announced on Sept. 24.
- Ashlie Stokes, Generve Charles, Laura Moklestad, Brittany Schuling, Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) and Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) have accounted for 144 of Drake's 180 shots this season as the sextet leads the squad with 43, 25, 23, 23, 16 and 15 shots, respectively.
- Ashlie Stokes has registered a game-winning goal in three of the Bulldogs' 13 games this fall. Last season, no Drake player recorded more than one game-winning tally.
- Senior Laura Moklestad is ranked fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in Drake history in career shots (130), goals (17), points (44) and assists (10).
- 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 4,898 career minutes for the Bulldogs. She is also in second place in career shutouts (16).
- 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 (282).
- 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 MVC in save percentage (.843) and goals against average (0.83). As a team, Drake paces the conference in goals against average (0.83), goals allowed (0.85) and shots per contest (13.85).
- Laura Moklestad made it back-to-back-to-back winners for the Bulldogs when she was recognized as the College Sports Madness MVC Women's Soccer Player of the Week picking up the accolade on Sept. 24. Previous winners include; Kalena Litch (Sept. 17) and Generve Charles (Sept. 10).
- 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.
- Junior Megan Fisher, 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 have continued their solid play at home under fifth-year head coach Lindsey Horner, having gone 28-13-3 in her five seasons.
- Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 62 games in the past five seasons decided by one goal or less, including 11 of 13 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
Western Illinois 1, Drake 0 (Sept. 4, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake failed to capitalize offensively as Katie Condon's goal in the 87th minute (86:52) provided Western Illinois with a 1-0 victory past the Bulldogs at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Condon's tally came off a loose-ball scramble in front of the net after Trisha Quinn delivered a corner kick from the left corner.
The Bulldogs posted a 9-6 advantage in shots in the affair, including 5-2 in the second half, but were unable to convert on their best scoring opportunity when Danielle Figliola's shot at the 55:39 mark hit the post. Drake could not capitalize on the deflection.
Kalena Litch pulled in two saves for the Bulldogs.
Evansville 1, Drake 0 (Oct. 30, 2011)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Kaitlin Robinett's goal less than three minutes (2:48) into Drake's State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship contest against Evansville lifted the Purple Aces to a 1-0 victory past the Bulldogs.
The Purple Aces cracked the scoring when Robinett delivered her fifth goal of the season in the midst of a scrum in front of Drake's goal for what proved to be the game-winning tally.
Kalena Litch pulled in four of her five saves in the tilt in the first half.
Katie Helmlinger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) led all players with a game-high four shots for the Bulldogs, while Paige Dusek, Lauren Berner, Laura Moklestad and Generve Charles registered three, two, two and two shots, respectively.
ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Competing in its third tilt in program history on Oct. 3, Drake goes in search of its second triumph after defeating Missouri State, 4-0, in 2004, and falling 2-0, versus Illinois State in 2010. Drake is playing in its fourth game in school history on Oct. 7 and its third at home. The Bulldogs are 2-1 in those contests with the victories coming over South Dakota State and Green Bay in 2005 and 2007, respectively.
OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 4-0-1 mark in their last five contests, with four of the five occurring at home. Five Drake players have registered a goal, with Generve Charles, Ashlie Stokes and Laura Moklestad leading the way with three, two and two goals, respectively. Charles and Moklestad lead the team in scoring in that span with six points apiece. Ashlie Stokes paces Drake with 16 shots, while Moklestad and Charles, have contributed 10 and nine shots, respectively. Kalena Litch has been peppered by 82 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 25 saves.
WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their 10 victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 14.7 shots, 3.8 corner kicks and 4.9 saves, while their opponents recorded 11.9 shots, 5.1 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.
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season. Drake is rated 17th, 36th and 56th, respectively, in winning percentage (.808), save percentage (.851) and goals against average (.828). Individually, Kalena Litch is 20th, 48th, 54th and 60th nationally in minutes played (1195.34), save percentage (.843), goals against average (.828) and total saves (53.0). Ashlie Stokes is rated 37th (3.0) in game-winning goals, while Brittany Schuling is ranked 61st in assists (5.0).
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.
The Bulldogs face a date at Creighton on Oct. 11 before their final non-conference showdown of the year at Iowa State on Oct. 14.