Beginning a stretch that will see Drake play three of its final four games away from home, the Bulldogs face a key Missouri Valley Conference showdown at Creighton on Thursday (Oct. 11) before tangling with in-state rival Iowa State on Sunday (Oct. 14). Game time against the Bluejays is slated for 7:00 p.m., while the encounter with the Cyclones will start at 1:00 p.m.
SCOUTING THE BLUEJAYS
Creighton (3-8-2, 0-2 MVC) enters its contest with the Bulldogs seeking an end to its three-game losing streak, a skid that includes conference losses to Illinois State and Indiana State. Senior Brittney Neumann leads the Bluejays with a team-best five goals this fall. Senior goalkeeper Katie Jo Swanson has been a workhorse for Creighton in goal, registering 82 saves, while owning a 1.68 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE CYCLONES
Iowa State (9-7) comes into its showdown with Drake having suffered losses in three of its last four games. Junior Jennifer Dominguez has been a force for the Cyclones this fall, owning a team-best 11 goals. Junior goalkeeper Maddie Jobe has recorded 48 saves for Iowa State, while sporting a 0.99 goals against average.
The Bulldogs will tangle with Creighton for the 14th time with the Bluejays maintaining an 8-5 series lead. Creighton handed Drake a 1-0 setback at the Cownie Soccer Complex in the school's last meeting on Oct. 18, 2011.
Drake is meeting Iowa State for the ninth time with the Cyclones holding a 3-2-3 series record. In their last encounter with Iowa State, the Bulldogs suffered a 2-0 home setback on Aug. 19, 2011.
Iowa State: Wendy Dillinger is in her fifth year leading the Cyclones, posting a 38-47-9 record (.353).
Creighton: Bruce Erickson is in his 14th campaign directing the Bluejays and maintains a 144-106-28 ledger (.568), while standing 214-167-34 (.557) in 21 years as a head coach.
Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 42-39-12 record (.516).
DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 42-39-12 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.
GOLDEN GOAL PUSHES DRAKE PAST EVANSVILLE, 1-0
A golden goal in the 95th minute (94:18) by senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) catapulted Drake to a pivotal 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Evansville last Sunday (Oct. 7) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The contest was far from a masterpiece for either side over the first 90 minutes as neither team was able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
Drake bettered the Purple Aces in shots in the affair, 12-10, including a 2-1 advantage in overtime.
Sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) set the stage for the game-winning tally, delivering a ball into the box that Moklestad was able to collect and spin around her defender before finding the back of the net for her fourth goal of the year.
Stokes led all players with a game-high four shots, while junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) registered three.
Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) had a game-high four saves en route to posting her sixth shutout on the campaign.
WESTERN ILLINOIS SNAPS DRAKE'S WIN STREAK
Drake saw its nine-game unbeaten streak snapped on Wednesday (Oct. 3) as Western Illinois registered a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
Scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 43:53 mark for the Leathernecks was Sarah Hall off an assist from Miranda Graham.
The Bulldogs had opportunities to net the equalizer in the second half, owning a 9-5 advantage in shots, but Drake was unable to capitalize.
The Leathernecks won the shot count, 18-16. Ashlie Stokes paced the Bulldogs with three shots.
Kalena Litch recorded six stops for Drake.
BULLDOGS HONOR FIVE SENIORS
Drake's showdown against Evansville represented Senior Day for seniors Kelsey Pigg (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee), Lauren Strickfaden (Wichita, Kan./Independent), Kasey Wellman (Northfield, Minn./Northfield), Tara Zika (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) and Moklestad as the group was recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.
Drake's active leader in games played is Moklestad with 74. She holds 18 goals and 10 assists in her career. Pigg has appeared in 30 games, including all 15 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 43 games and has recorded three goals and two assists. With six career goals and three assists, Zika has appeared in 37 games.
The Bulldogs saw their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped following a 1-0 setback at Western Illinois last Wednesday (Oct. 3). Drake was on the second-best run in school history at 8-0-1, trailing 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, including this year, the Bulldogs own a 50-23-6 record (.671) in the month of October. In five of the previous 10 seasons, Drake has lost one game or fewer.
- Kalena Litch is leading the MVC in shutouts per game (0.40), while pacing the conference in MVC-only affairs in save percentage (.944), shutouts per game (0.67) and goals against average (0.31). As a team, Drake paces the conference in goals against average (0.78), goals allowed (0.80), shots per contest (13.87) and shutouts (0.40). In league-only showdowns, the Bulldogs lead the conference in assists per game (1.67), goals against average (0.31), goals allowed (0.33), goals per game (1.67), points (5.00), saves per contest (5.67) and shutouts (0.67).
- Kalena Litch moved atop the all-time wins list at Drake garnering her 25th career victory in goal against Evansville (Oct. 7). The triumph allowed her to break a three-way tie among Jenny Schroeder (2006-08) and Kate Stack (2002-04).
- Sophomore Ashlie Stokes 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.
- Ashlie Stokes' six goals this season through 15 games has enabled her to surpass senior Laura Moklestad's team-leading goal total (4) for all of the 2011 campaign.
- Ashlie Stokes, Generve Charles, Laura Moklestad, Brittany Schuling, Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) have accounted for 163 of Drake's 208 shots this season as the sextet leads the squad with 49, 29, 25, 25, 18 and 17 shots, respectively.
- Ashlie Stokes and Laura Moklestad have each registered a game-winning goal in three of the Bulldogs' 15 games this fall. Last season, no Drake player recorded more than one game-winning tally.
- Senior Laura Moklestad is ranked fourth, fifth, fifth and seventh, respectively, in Drake history in career shots (132), goals (18), points (46) 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 5,082 career minutes for the Bulldogs. She is also in second place in career shutouts (17).
- 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 (292).
- 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.
- Drake opened the road portion of its Missouri Valley Conference slate 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 29-13-3 in her five seasons.
- Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 64 games in the past five seasons decided by one goal or less, including 13 of 15 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
Creighton 1, Drake 0 (Oct. 18, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Displaying a gritty determination, Drake battled Creighton tooth and nail before the Bulldogs succumbed to the Bluejays, 1-0, at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The two Missouri Valley Conference combatants battled end-to-end in the initial stanza with Creighton garnering a 10-7 advantage in shots.
Drake's best-scoring opportunity in the first half came late in the period off a defensive misplay in the box that resulted in a header by Generve Charles, that only a sprawling vertical save by Bluejay goalkeeper Alicia Montgomery prevented a Bulldog goal.
The second half carried out much like the first before Creighton received a fortuitous bounce on the game's only goal.
Striking the ball from 30 yards out, Andrea Zuniga's shot tailed off to the left corner of the net where it struck goalkeeper Kalena Litch's hands and bounced hitting the cross bar before falling in behind the line for the goal at the 68:41 mark.
Following the goal, Drake outshot the Bluejays 7-4 down the stretch, including three strong shots on net from Katie Helmlinger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy). Helmlinger's best strike came at the 86:25 mark on a ball that went upper 90 and only a stellar save by Montgomery knocking the ball over the net stopped a Drake equalizer.
Creighton finished the affair owning a 22-17 advantage in shots. Pacing the Bulldogs' attack was Danielle Figliola with five shots. Litch registered a career-high 12 saves in the contest.
Iowa State 2, Drake 0 (Aug. 19, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa - A pair of second-half goals by Iowa State spoiled the home opener for Drake, as the Cyclones registered a 2-0 triumph at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The previous two encounters between the in-state rivals had resulted in double-overtime scoreless draws and the contest appeared destined for a repeat performance.
Hayley Womack ended that possibility, flicking the ball past goalkeeper Kalena Litch off a header from Addison Nokels at the 70:28 mark to give Iowa State a 1-0 lead.
The Cyclones added an insurance goal in the 85th minute (84:13) on an unassisted tally from Brittany Morgan to provide the final 2-0 margin.
Drake's best scoring opportunity in the affair occurred in the 59th minute as Kasey Wellman struck a ball in the box which smashed off the crossbar before deflecting down to Tara Zika, who nailed a shot that was corralled by Iowa State goalkeeper Maddie Jobe at the 58:49 mark.
The Cyclones won the battle of shots, outshooting the Bulldogs, 18-8. Shots on goal were nearly even with Iowa State owning a 5-4 advantage.
Zika and Laura Moklestad paced Drake with two shots apiece. Litch recorded three saves in the contest for the Bulldogs.
ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Competing in its fourth tilt in program history on Oct. 11, Drake goes in search of its initial triumph after suffering setbacks versus Northern Iowa (2002), Creighton (2007) and SIU Edwardsville (2009).
Drake is playing in its fifth game in school history on Oct. 14 and fourth away from home. The Bulldogs are 2-2 in those contests with victories over Northern Iowa (2007) and Evansville (2005).
OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 3-1-1 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring at home. Four Drake players have registered a goal, with Laura Moklestad, Generve Charles, Ashlie Stokes and Rhian Pritchard leading the way with three, two, two and one goals, respectively. Moklestad leads the team in scoring in that span with eight points. Ashlie Stokes paces Drake with 17 shots, while Charles and Moklestad have contributed 10 and nine shots, respectively. Kalena Litch has been peppered by 85 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 28 saves.
WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their 11 victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 14.5 shots, 3.9 corner kicks and 4.8 saves, while their opponents recorded 11.7 shots, 5.5 corner kicks and 4.6 saves. In its three losses, Drake is recording 13.3 shots, 2.1 corner kicks and 4.3 saves, while surrendering 13.3 shots, 6.3 corner kicks and 5.7 saves.
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season. Drake is rated 23rd, 29th and 42nd, respectively, in save percentage (.860), winning percentage (.767) and goals against average (.783). Individually, Kalena Litch is 11th, 37th, 47th and 57th nationally in minutes played (1379.52), save percentage (.852), goals against average (.783) and total saves (69.0). Ashlie Stokes and Laura Moklestad are rated 48th (3.0) 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.
The Bulldogs travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for an Oct. 21 encounter with Indiana State. Game time against the Sycamores is slated for 12:00 p.m.