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Seeding Implications On The Line As Drake Visits Indiana State

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Release: October 16, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD
In its final Missouri Valley Conference road date on the campaign, the Drake women's soccer team visits Indiana State for a crucial league test on Sunday (Oct. 21).  Game time is slated for 12:00 p.m. CT.  The Bulldogs come into the affair needing four points over its final two league dates to secure the No.1 MVC Tournament seed and an outright regular season league title.  Drake remains on track with a win in one of its final two games to also earn the No. 1 seed and no worse than a share of the conference championship.

SCOUTING THE SYCAMORES
Indiana State (6-8-1, 1-2 MVC)
enters its contest at Evansville on Wednesday (Oct. 17) having won two of its last three contests.  Freshman Sydney Lovelace, sophomore Aubrie Musselman and juniors Shelby Troyer and Taylor Reed lead a balanced Indiana State offensive attack with three goals apiece.  Freshman goalkeeper Erin Mitchell has registered 55 saves for the Sycamores, while owning a 1.61 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs will be challenged by Indiana State for the 13th time in program history when the two sides collide on Sunday (Oct. 21).  Drake owns a 10-2 series lead, registering a 2-1 double-overtime victory last season on Sept. 30, 2011, at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

THE COACHES
Indiana State: Erika True
is in her fourth year leading the Sycamores, posting a 23-41-5 record (.370).

Drake: In her fifth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 43-40-12 record (.516).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her fifth season leading the Drake women's soccer program, owning a 43-40-12 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.

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.

IOWA STATE GARNERS 3-0 WIN OVER DRAKE
A pair of goals from Jennifer Dominguez proved to be all the scoring Iowa State needed as the Cyclones registered a 3-0 women's soccer victory past Drake last Sunday (Oct. 14).

Dominguez placed Iowa State on the board first connecting on her 12th goal of the season at the 6:57 mark off an assist from Erin Green.

Despite the Bulldogs being outshot in the initial stanza, 9-1, they trailed the Cyclones at the intermission by only a goal, 1-0.

Dominguez added her second tally of the afternoon in the 50th minute (49:11), courtesy of an assist from Meredith Skitt to give Iowa State a 2-0 lead.

Closing the scoring on the afternoon at the 61:19 mark with her first goal of the season was Green.

In a game marked by high winds throughout, Drake was held to two shots in the in-state battle with seniors Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) and Kelsey Pigg (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee) registering the shots.

Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) pulled in a game-best two saves for the Bulldogs.

BULLDOGS PULL OUT 3-2 VICTORY AT CREIGHTON
Drake knew that to be a contender in the Missouri Valley Conference race the ability to win on the road was a must, and for the Bulldogs it is game on after a 3-2 victory past Creighton last Thursday (Oct. 11).

The win marked the second-ever triumph for Drake at Morrison Stadium against the Bluejays and first since 2006.

The Bluejays assumed a 1-0 lead in the affair when Brittney Neumann connected on her sixth goal of the year in the 28th minute (27:42). Earning the assist on the tally was Kaelyn Korte.

Junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) netted the equalizer for Drake at the 31:23 mark.
Neither team was able to score the remainder of the half as Creighton earned an 8-6 shot advantage in the game's initial stanza.

The Bulldogs took the lead in the 48th minute (47:09) when junior Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) connected on her first goal of the season on a header off a corner kick. Junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) was credited with her team-best sixth assist of the year on the score.

Korte nearly squared the tilt at two at the 61:00 mark as only a team save by junior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) prevented the goal.

Creighton kept attacking and tied the contest at two when Jill Richgels' corner kick in the 73rd minute (72:36) bent into the back of the net. Goalkeeper Kalena Litch got her hands on the shot, but the swirling winds prevented her from corralling the ball for the save.

Less than a minute later at the 73:30 mark, sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) capitalized for the Bulldogs, registering what proved to be the game-winning goal, her team-leading seventh of the year.

Drake was outshot in the tilt, 22-10, including 13-5 on goal.

The Bulldogs received two shots each from Laura Moklestad, Stokes, Dusek and Schuling.  Litch was stellar in net registering a game-high 10 saves.

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 51-24-6 record (.667) in the month of October.  In five of the previous 10 seasons, Drake has lost one game or less.

BULLDOG BITES

  • Drake is off to its best league start since the 2006 campaign with an identical 3-0-1 record, en route to a 5-0-1 mark and earning the MVC Tournament title.
  • Laura Moklestad has played in 76 games as a Bulldog and will move into the top-10 in career contests played versus Indiana State.
  • Kalena Litch is leading the MVC in MVC-only affairs in save percentage (.900), shutouts per game (0.50) and saves per contest (6.75). As a team, Drake paces the conference in goals against average (0.98), goals allowed (1.00) and shots per contest (12.94). In league-only showdowns, the Bulldogs lead the conference in saves per contest (7.00) and shutouts (0.50).
  • 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). She now owns 26 career victories.
  • Sophomore Ashlie Stokes and juniors Generve Charles and Brittany Schuling have moved into the single-season top-10 record books this year in goals (7), goals (6) and assists (6), respectively.
  • Ashlie Stokes' seven goals this season through 17 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 and Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) have accounted for 173 of Drake's 220 shots this season as the sextet leads the squad with 51, 30, 28, 27, 20 and 17 shots, respectively.
  • Ashlie Stokes and Laura Moklestad have registered a game-winning goal in four and three games, respectively, 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 (135), 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 5,262 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 (304).
  • 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 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 65 games in the past five seasons decided by one goal or less, including 14 of 17 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.

BULLDOGS HONOR FIVE SENIORS
Drake's showdown against Evansville represented Senior Day for seniors Kelsey Pigg, Lauren Strickfaden (Wichita, Kan./Independent), Kasey Wellman (Northfield, Minn./Northfield), Tara Zika (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) and Laura Moklestad as the group was recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.

Drake's active leader in games played is Moklestad with 76.  She holds 18 goals and 10 assists in her career.  Pigg has appeared in 32 games, including all 17 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 45 games and has recorded three goals and two assists.  With six career goals and three assists, Zika has appeared in 38 games.
 
STREAK BUSTED
The Bulldogs saw their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped following a 1-0 setback at Western Illinois (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. 

IN OUR LAST MEETING
Drake 2, Indiana State 1 (2OT) (Sept. 30, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
With a flick of the head, Danielle Figliola netted the golden goal in the 107th minute (106:44) of double overtime to lead Drake to a 2-1 victory over Indiana State at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The first half proved to be a back-and-forth affair as the Bulldogs maintained a slim 6-5 advantage in shots at the intermission.

The second half of the game opened up more offensively for Drake, but unfortunately it was Shelby Troyer who capitalized with her first goal of the season at the 58:57 mark to give Indiana State a 1-0 lead.  Natalie Vaught earned the assist on the tally.

The Bulldogs earned an 11-3 advantage in shots in the final stanza, but needed Figliola's first goal of the year in the 85th minute (84:05) to send the contest into overtime.

Tara Zika moved the ball up the flank feeding it to Paige Dusek, who in turn passed the ball into Figliola for the goal.

Drake finished the game outshooting the Sycamores, 21-9, including 4-1 in overtime.  Figliola paced all players with a career-best nine shots, while Laura Moklestad added four shots.  Goalkeeper Kalena Litch collected five saves for the Bulldogs.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake is playing in its third game in school history on Oct. 21.  The Bulldogs are 1-1 in those contests with a victory over Creighton (2005).

OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 2-2-1 mark in their last five contests, with four of the five occurring away home.  Laura Moklestad, Generve Charles, Ashlie Stokes and Megan Fisher have each registered a goal.  Stokes leads the team in scoring in that span with three points and she paces Drake with 11 shots.  Kalena Litch has been peppered by 85 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 28 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their 12 victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 14.1 shots, 3.7 corner kicks and 5.3 saves, while their opponents recorded 12.6 shots, 5.8 corner kicks and 4.4 saves.  In its four losses, Drake is recording 10.5 shots, 2.8 corner kicks and 4.3 saves, while surrendering 13.5 shots, 5.0 corner kicks and 4.8 saves.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season.  Drake is rated 37th and 45th, respectively, in winning percentage (.719) and save percentage (.837).  Individually, Kalena Litch is eighth, 44th and 68th nationally in minutes played (1559.37), total saves (81.0) and save percentage (.827).  Ashlie Stokes and Laura Moklestad are rated 19th (4.0) and 61st (3.0) in game-winning goals.  Brittany Schuling is ranked 63rd in total assists (6.0).

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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs close out the regular season hosting Illinois State on Oct. 25 in a 6:00 p.m. tilt at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

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