Bulldogs Face South Dakota Before Opening MVC Play At Evansville
The Drake women’s soccer team hits the field this week seeking to build upon its first win of the season, a 3-0 victory at Eastern Illinois last Friday (Sept. 20). The Bulldogs face a non-conference showdown at South Dakota on Thursday (Sept. 26) before opening their Missouri Valley Conference slate at Evansville on Sunday (Sept. 29). Game time versus the Coyotes is set for 4:00 p.m., while the game against the Purple Aces will kick at 1:00 p.m.
SCOUTING THE COYOTES
South Dakota (5-2-3) is riding a three-game unbeaten streak entering the week, including recording a 3-0 home victory past Northern Iowa on Sunday (Sept. 22). Freshman Jamie Karch and sophomore Danielle Anderson lead the Coyotes with five and four goals, respectively. Junior Mackenzie Viktor owns the majority of minutes in goal for South Dakota, registering 44 saves en route to three shutouts and a 1.25 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE PURPLE ACES
Evansville (7-2-1, 0-0 MVC) comes into its conference opener versus Drake on Sunday (Sept. 29) riding a four-game winning streak and is unbeaten in its last six contests. Sophomore Kayla Smith directs the Purple Aces’ attack with a team-high five goals, while sophomore Abby Springer and senior Stephanie Thompson have added three goals apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Simone Busby has pulled 36 saves for Evansville, while owning a MVC-low 0.60 goals against average and three shutouts.
Drake leads the all-time series with South Dakota, 4-0, including collecting a 2-1 home victory on Sept. 7, 2012 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The Bulldogs are meeting Evansville for the 16th time, with Drake leading the series, 9-6. A golden goal by Laura Moklestad lifted Drake to a 1-0 triumph past the Purple Aces on Oct. 7, 2012, at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
South Dakota: Mandy Green is in her fourth season leading the Coyotes, registering an 12-42-9 (.262) mark.
Evansville: Krista McKendree is in her sixth campaign directing the Purple Aces maintaining a 40-52-11 ledger (.442).
Drake: In her sixth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 44-47-16 record (.486).
DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her sixth season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 44-47-16 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.
The Bulldogs had a turnaround campaign in 2012 as Drake posted a 12-5-4 record on the strength of eight shutouts, including a third-place Missouri Valley Conference showing with a 3-1-2 league mark.
The Bulldogs registered a school-record eight straight victories from Aug. 31 through Sept. 22 as part of a nine-game unbeaten streak.
Seven members of Drake women’s soccer team garnered All-MVC honors in 2012. Megan Fisher and Ashlie Stokes were honored as first-team All-MVC selections, while senior Laura Moklestad and Kalena Litch and Brittany Schuling collected second team All-MVC recognition. Tabbed as honorable mention honorees were Generve Charles and Rhian Pritchard. Pulling in All-Freshman team laurels was Pritchard.
Stokes was chosen a 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Regional third-team selection.
Senior Kelsey Pigg was tabbed an honorable mention All-MVC Scholar-Athlete. Moklestad also was recognized for her academic success being selected by the NSCAA to its Women’s University Scholar All-North/Central Regional First Team.
Drake was one of 74 schools nationwide that was honored with either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the Team Ethics Award by the NSCAA.
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 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 an ‘A’ license from USSF.
STOKES’ TWO GOALS PROPEL DRAKE OVER EASTERN ILLINOIS, 3-0
Junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) registered a pair of goals to lead Drake to a 3-0 triumph over Eastern Illinois last Friday (Sept. 20).
The Bulldogs dominated the run of play in the first half registering a 10-1 advantage in shots.
Stokes gave Drake a 1-0 lead connecting on her first goal of the season at the 34:54 mark.
Less than four minutes later in the 39th minute (38:40), sophomore Kylie DeHaven (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East) served a cross into the box that Stokes headed past Eastern Illinois goalkeeper Kylie Morgan from five yards to extend the Bulldogs’ advantage to 2-0.
Drake posted a 10-5 advantage in shots over the final 45 minutes en route to recording a 20-6 margin in shots.
Freshman Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) capped Drake’s scoring output in a 3-0 victory with her first career goal at the 88:08 mark. Earning the assist on the tally was Stokes.
Armstrong led the Bulldogs with a game-high seven shots, including five on goal. Adding four shots apiece were Stokes and senior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North).
Junior Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) posted a pair of saves en route to recording her first shutout as a Bulldog.
DRAKE IN MVC OPENERS
Drake opens its Missouri Valley Conference slate on Sunday (Sept. 29) as the Bulldogs visit Evansville. In its previous 11 conference openers, Drake has posted a 7-4 mark. A year ago, the Bulldogs bested Missouri State on Sept. 22, 2012 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
BULLDOGS IN MVC ROAD OPENERS
In its previous 11 conference road openers, Drake has recorded a 6-4-1 mark. Last season, the Bulldogs earned a 1-1 double-overtime tie on Sept. 27, 2012 at Northern Iowa.
• Ashlie Stokes multi-goal effort against Eastern Illinois last Friday (Sept. 20) was the second of the season for a Bulldog. Paige Dusek netted a pair of goals at UC Davis on Sept. 1. It marks the first time since the 2011 campaign that two Bulldogs have recorded multi-goal efforts in the same season. That year Tara Zika and Danielle Figliola accomplished the feat.
• Six of Drake’s nine games this season have been decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning two ties in those six contests.
• Freshmen Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) and Kayla Armstrong have accounted for 46 of Drake’s 134 shots this season.
• The Bulldogs’ offense has been led this season by Paige Dusek and Rebecca Rodgers as the duo has accounted for seven of Drake’s 11 goals.
• Paige Dusek, Ashlie Stokes, Kayla Armstrong and Rebecca Rodgers had registered 99 of the Bulldogs’ 134 shots this season.
• Paige Dusek is Drake’s active career leader in goals (11), points (26), shots (106), while Brittany Schuling paces the squad in assists (14) and points (26) and Ashlie Stokes in game-winning goals (5).
• Paige Dusek, Ashlie Stokes, Brittany Schuling and Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) have registered 106, 96, 88 and 75 career shots, respectively.
• Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and Schuling lead active Bulldogs in games played (67) and contests started (67).
• Megan Fisher, Brittany Schuling, junior Tori Flynn (O’Fallon, Mo./St. Joseph Academy), Kylie DeHaven, Kayla Armstrong and freshman Rebecca Rodgers have started every game they have appeared in a Drake uniform during their respective careers. The sextuplet has started 67, 67, 47, 29, nine and eight contests, respectively.
• Dusek’s five goals this season match a career high set during her freshman campaign of 2010.
• Paige Dusek’s two-goal effort at UC Davis was the first multi-goal performance for a Bulldog since Ashlie Stokes recorded a pair of tallies in a 3-2 win over UMKC last season, and the second of Dusek’s career.
• Andrea Swanson’s nine-save effort at Pacific marked the most saves in a game by a Bulldog since senior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) made 10 stops versus Creighton on Oct. 11, 2012.
• College Sports Madness named Paige Dusek its Madness Women’s Soccer MVC Player of the Week on Sept. 10 after she registered team highs in goals (3), points (6) and shots on goal (3), while playing 196 of a possible 200 minutes in Drake’s two games at Pacific and UC Davis.
• Paige Dusek and Megan Fisher were named all-tournament selections at the Pacific Soccer Classic.
• Drake’s game versus SIU Edwardsville (Aug. 25) marked the 100th in the head coaching career of Lindsey Horner.
• Kalena Litch is Drake’s career leader in saves (317), wins (26) and minutes played (5,483), while ranking second in career shutouts (19).
• Seniors Brittany Schuling is ranked fourth in career assists (14) at Drake. Paige Dusek is rated eighth in both career goals (11) and shots (106), while Ashlie Stokes and Generve Charles are ranked ninth (10) and 10th (9), respectively, in career goals.
• Paige Dusek, Brittany Schuling and Ashlie Stokes are just outside the career top-10 in points. The trio enters play at South Dakota with 26, 26 and 25 points, respectively.
• The Bulldogs have continued their solid play at home under sixth-year head coach Lindsey Horner, having gone 29-19-5 in her five seasons.
• Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 74 games in her six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including six of nine this season.
• Following its 1-0 setback versus Iowa (Aug. 23), Drake owns a 3-8-1 ledger in season openers.
IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 2, South Dakota 1 (Sept. 7, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Generve Charles’ goal in the 56th minute (55:13) sealed a 2-1 victory for Drake over South Dakota at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
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.
Kelsey Pigg stepped in and converted the penalty kick to square the contest at one. The 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 Ashlie Stokes for the game-winning goal.
Paige Dusek directed the Bulldogs with a team-high four shots, while contributing three shots apiece were Stokes, Brittany Schuling, Laura Moklestad and Katie Helmlinger. Kalena Litch recorded four stops for the Bulldogs.
Drake 1, Evansville 0 (OT) (Oct. 7, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - A golden goal in the 95th minute (94:18) by Laura Moklestad catapulted Drake to a pivotal 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Evansville 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 its scoring opportunities.
Drake bettered the Purple Aces in shots in the affair, 12-10, including a 2-1 advantage in overtime.
Ashlie Stokes 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.
Stokes led all players with a game-high four shots, while Generve Charles registered three.
Kalena Litch had a game-high four saves en route to posting her sixth shutout on the campaign for Drake.
ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
For the fifth time, Drake will play a contest on Sept. 26, with the Bulldogs maintaining a 1-2-1 mark in the previous four games on the date. Drake defeated Evansville, 2-1 in overtime, on Sept. 26, 2010. Sunday’s tilt at Evansville is only the second for the Bulldogs on Sept. 29. Drake bested Missouri State, 2-1, on the date in 2007.
IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 1-3-1 mark in their last five contests, with four of the five occurring at home. Ashlie Stokes and Rebecca Rodgers have registered two goals each. Stokes leads the team in scoring in that span with six points, while Rodgers has added four points. Stokes, Rodgers, Paige Dusek and Kayla Armstrong pace the Bulldogs with 22, 19, 18 and 17 shots, respectively. Andrea Swanson has been peppered by 73 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 15 saves.
WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their one victory this season, the Bulldogs recorded 20 shots, five corner kicks and two saves, while their opponents posted six shots, five corner kicks and five saves. In its six losses, Drake averages 14.3 shots, 3.8 corner kicks and 4.0 saves, while surrendering 16.8 shots, 6.3 corner kicks and 5.7 saves.
EXPERIENCED SQUAD RETURNS FOR DRAKE
The Bulldogs return an experienced squad this season as 10 starters and 14 letterwinners are back for a Drake team that finished the 2012 campaign with a 12-5-3 ledger, including 3-1-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Junior Ashlie Stokes paced the Bulldogs with a team-high seven goals last season, while senior Generve Charles added six goals. Senior Brittany Schuling collected a team-best six assists in 2012. Senior goalkeeper Kalena Litch pulled in 94 saves a year ago en route to registering eight shutouts and a 0.91 goals against average.
BULLDOGS TRIO EARNS PRESEASON ALL-MVC ACCOLADES
Drake seniors Megan Fisher and Brittany Schuling along with junior Ashlie Stokes were among 13 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. 14.
Fisher, a unanimous selection, started all 20 games for Drake as a junior, posting a goal and an assist en route to collecting first-team All-MVC honors. She helped anchor a Drake defensive unit that registered eight shutouts.
Schuling started all 20 games for the Bulldogs, registering two goals and a team-high six assists en route to garnering second-team All-MVC recognition. She finished third on the team in shots (34) and fourth in shots on goal (14) and assisted on three game-winning goals. Schuling ranked second in the MVC in assists (6) and assists per game (0.30).
Starting all 20 games for Drake and leading the Bulldogs in goals (7), points (17), shots (59), shots on goal (29) and game-winners (4) en route to being tabbed a first-team All-MVC selection was Stokes. She was named to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Great Lakes Regional third-team squad. Stokes led the MVC in game-winning goals (4), while ranking second in shots (59) and third in shots per game (2.95), points (17), points per contest (0.85), goals (7) and goals per game (0.35).
PRESEASON MVC POLL TABS DRAKE SECOND
Drake was picked to finish second in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 39 points and one first-place vote. Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs was league favorite Illinois State (47 points). Rounding out the poll were Evansville (33 points), Indiana State (23 points), Missouri State (21 points), Northern Iowa (17 points) and Loyola (16 points).
Six Bulldogs were honored when College Sport Madness released its women’s soccer Missouri Valley Conference preseason team. Senior Megan Fisher was tabbed as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the MVC and was joined on the first team by Ashlie Stokes, Brittany Schuling and Kalena Litch. Honored as second-team selections were Generve Charles and sophomore Rhian Pritchard.
Paige Dusek and Andrea Swanson find themselves nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories. Dusek is 86th nationally in total goals (5), while Swanson is rated 97th in total saves (39).
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 take a break from conference action to host Iowa State at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Oct. 6 at 1:00 p.m.