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In-State Battle Awaits As Bulldogs Host Iowa State

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Release: October 01, 2013
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An in-state showdown awaits Drake on Sunday (Oct. 6) as the Bulldogs welcome Iowa State to the Cownie Soccer Complex for a non-conference tilt.  The matinee affair is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE CYCLONES
Iowa State (6-6) opened its campaign with three consecutive victories before the tides turned on the Cyclones as the squad has dropped two in a row and four of their last six games.  Iowa State hosts Kansas on Friday (Oct. 4) before playing the Bulldogs. Senior Jennifer Dominguez directs the Iowa State attack with a team-high five goals, while freshman Koree Willer has tallied three goals.  Senior goalkeeper Maddie Jobe has been a stalwart in goal for the Cyclones having registered 54 saves en route to collecting four shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bulldogs are squaring off versus Iowa State for the 10th time with the Cyclones maintaining a 4-2-3 series advantage.  Drake came up short a year ago in a 3-0 setback at Iowa State on Oct. 14, 2012.

THE COACHES
Iowa State: Wendy Dillinger is in her sixth season leading the Cyclones, registering an 45-56-9 (.450) mark.  Her record in her 11th campaign as a head coach is 131-81-17 (.609).
Drake: In her sixth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 45-48-16 record (.486).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her sixth season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 45-48-16 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.

EVANSVILLE EDGES DRAKE IN MVC LIDLIFTER, 1-0
A goal by Emily Richardson in the 11th minute (10:51) lifted Evansville to a 1-0 victory over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams on Sunday (Sept. 29).

Drake controlled the tempo of the first half registering an 8-3 advantage in shots, but it was the Purple Aces’ lone shot on goal that gave Evansville a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

The pace picked up in the second half as the Purples Aces bettered the Bulldogs in shots, 11-10.

Senior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) came within inches of registering the equalizer for Drake in the early moments of the second half as she twice hit the crossbar with shots in the 54th (53:28) and 55th (54:56) minutes, respectively.

The Bulldogs were not able to capitalize with a goal down the stretch as Drake’s modest two-game winning streak was snapped.

The Bulldogs edged Evansville in shots in the tilt, 18-14, although the Purple Aces posted a 5-3 margin in shots on goal.

Junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) led Drake with a game-high six shots, while freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) added four. Junior goalkeeper Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) collected a game-high four saves for the Bulldogs.

GOLDEN GOAL PROPELS DRAKE PAST SOUTH DAKOTA, 3-2
A golden goal in the 93rd minute (93:00) by Ashlie Stokes lifted Drake to a 3-2 overtime victory past South Dakota last Thursday (Sept. 26).

Brittany Schuling gave Drake an early 1-0 advantage at the 2:44 mark on the strength of her second goal of the season.

The lead was short lived as Jamie Karch scored her team-leading sixth goal of the year in the 10th minute (9:11) to even the contest at one for South Dakota.

Drake recorded a 7-2 margin in shots in the initial stanza, including 6-2 on goal.

Rebecca Rodgers pushed the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 after registering her third goal of the year at the 51:01 mark.

The Coyote defense played a ball back to goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor, who attempted to clear the ball out, but her kick caromed off the chest of senior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and towards the South Dakota goal. Rodgers ran down the rebound and capitalized by beating Viktor for the tally.

The Coyotes netted the equalizer less than five minutes later in the 56th minute (55:43) when Elena Tsakakis delivered a goal.

The Bulldogs withstood a fury of shots down the stretch as South Dakota recorded eight of its 12 shots in the game after the contest was tied at two. The Coyotes had seven corner kicks in the second half and nine in all, but couldn’t convert a go-ahead score.

The game-winning goal by Stokes was the first for Drake in overtime this season.  Earning the assist on the tally was Dusek.

Drake outshot the Coyotes in the affair 13-12, including 10-5 on goal.  The Bulldogs were led by a game-high three shots apiece from Rodgers and Stokes. Andrea Swanson made three saves for Drake.

BULLDOGS HOST THIRD ANNUAL “KICK CANCER” GAME
Drake’s showdown with Western Illinois on Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex will represent the third annual “KICK Cancer Game”.  The game is an effort to create awareness about cancer research with this year’s focus being on Ovarian Cancer. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a specially-designed Drake Soccer t-shirt.

DRAKE TIDBITS
• Junior Ashlie Stokes moved into the career top 10 at Drake this past week in shots (105) at ninth, while rising to eighth on the career list in goals (11).
• The Bulldogs eye their first home win of the season when Drake hosts in-state rival Iowa State on Sunday (Oct. 6).  
• Following its 1-0 setback at Evansville on Sunday (Sept. 29), Drake is now 7-5 all-time in Missouri Valley Conference openers, including 6-5-1 in road league lidlifters.
Ashlie Stokes multi-goal effort against Eastern Illinois (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.
• Eight of Drake’s 11 games this season have been decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning a win and two ties in those eight contests.
• The Bulldogs’ offense has been led this season by Paige Dusek, Rebecca Rodgers and Ashlie Stokes as the trio has accounted for 11 of Drake’s 14 goals.
Ashlie Stokes, Paige Dusek, Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) and Rebecca Rodgers had registered 120 of the Bulldogs’ 165 shots this season.
Paige Dusek and Ashlie Stokes are Drake’s active career leaders in goals (11), while Dusek leads the Bulldogs in shots (111). Brittany Schuling paces the squad in assists (14) and points (28) with Stokes directing the team in game-winning goals (6).
Paige Dusek, Ashlie Stokes, Brittany Schuling and Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) have registered 111, 105, 93 and 75 career shots, respectively.

Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and Schuling lead active Bulldogs in games played (69) and contests started (69).
Megan Fisher, Brittany Schuling, sophomore Kylie DeHaven (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East) and Rebecca Rodgers have started every game they have appeared in a Drake uniform during their respective careers. The quartet has started 69, 69, 31 and 10 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) and ninth in points (28) at Drake.  Paige Dusek is rated eighth in both career goals (11) and shots (111), while Ashlie Stokes and Generve Charles are ranked eighth (11) and 10th (9), respectively, in career goals.
Paige Dusek and Ashlie Stokes are just outside the career top-10 in points. The duo enters play against Iowa State with 27 career points each.
• 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 76 games in her six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including eight of 11 this season.
• Following its 1-0 setback versus Iowa (Aug. 23), Drake owns a 3-8-1 ledger in season openers.

IN OUR LAST MEETING
Iowa State 3, Drake 0 (Oct. 14, 2012)
AMES, Iowa - A pair of goals from Jennifer Dominguez proved to be all the scoring Iowa State needed as the Cyclones registered a 3-0 victory past Drake.

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 Laura Moklestad and Kelsey Pigg registering the shots. Kalena Litch pulled in a game-best two saves for the Bulldogs.

OCTOBER HAS BEEN OUR MONTH
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 51-26-7 record in the month of October.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
For only the second time, Drake will play a game on Oct. 6.  In its only other contest on the date, Drake was defeated by Evansville, 2-1, in 2002.

IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 2-3 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring away from home.  Ashlie Stokes and Brittany Schuling have registered three and two goals, respectively.  Stokes leads the team in scoring in that span with seven points, while Schuling has added four points.  Stokes, Paige Dusek, Rebecca Rodgers and Kayla Armstrong pace the Bulldogs with 22, 16, 15 and 14 shots, respectively.  Andrea Swanson has been peppered by 64 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 16 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their two victories this season, the Bulldogs are recording 16.5 shots, 5.0 corner kicks and 2.5 saves per game, while their opponents are posting 9.0 shots, 7.0 corner kicks and 6.0 saves.  In its seven losses, Drake averages 14.9 shots, 4.3 corner kicks and 4.0 saves, while surrendering 16.4 shots, 6.1 corner kicks and 5.3 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).

BULLDOGS HONORED
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.

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
Andrea Swanson finds herself nationally-ranked in the NCAA in total saves (46).

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
In their final non-conference game of the season, the Bulldogs host Western Illinois on Oct. 9 before a Senior Night tilt versus Northern Iowa on Oct. 13.  Game time against the Leathernecks is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., while the showdown with the Panthers will kick at 6:00 p.m.

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