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Showdowns With Western Illinois And Northern Iowa Concludes Homestand For Drake

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Release: October 08, 2013
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The Drake women’s soccer team closes a three-game homestand this week hosting Western Illinois in the Bulldogs final non-conference game on Wednesday (Oct. 9) before entertaining Northern Iowa on Sunday (Oct. 13) at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Game time against the Leathernecks is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., while the contest with the Panthers will begin at 6:00 p.m.

BULLDOGS HOST THIRD ANNUAL “KICK CANCER” GAME
Drake’s game with Western Illinois on Wednesday (Oct. 9) serves as the third annual “KICK Cancer Game”.  The contest 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 TO HONOR SIX SENIORS
The Bulldogs’ in-state tilt against Northern Iowa on Sunday (Oct. 13) represents Senior Day for seniors Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North), Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny), Ann Hoover (Nevada, Iowa/Nevada), Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), Charlie Maxwell (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) and Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar).  The group will be recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.

Drake’s active leader in goals, points and shots is Dusek with 11, six and 114, respectively. Fisher has started all 70 games of her Bulldog’ career and owns six goals, four assists on 48 shots. Hoover has started 57 of the 64 games in which she has played, recording eight shots.  Litch is Drake’s career leader in saves (317), wins (26) and minutes played (5,483), while ranking second in career shutouts (19). Posting an assist on three shots in 18 contests as a Bulldog is Maxwell.  Schuling is Drake’s active leader in games played (70), contests started (70), assists (14) and points (28), while ranking third in goals (7) and shots (93).

SCOUTING THE LEATHERNECKS
Western Illinois (5-6-1) snapped its five-game winless streak in its last contest as the Leathernecks earned a 1-0 victory over North Dakota State on Sunday (Oct. 6). Directing Western Illinois’ attack with two goals apiece are senior Kristin Becker, junior Sarah Hall and freshman Tyra Markey.  Senior goalkeeper Laura Atkinson owns the majority of minutes in goal for the Leathernecks recording 49 saves.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Northern Iowa (1-12, 0-2 MVC) is mired in a 10-game losing streak entering Sunday’s (Oct. 13) game with the Bulldogs. Sophomore Maddie Welch paces the Panther’ attack with a team-high two goals. Senior goalkeeper Nicole Postel has maintained the majority of minutes in goal for Northern Iowa pulling in 62 saves, while recording one shutout.

SERIES HISTORY
For the eighth time in program history the Bulldogs will battle Western Illinois, with Drake maintaining a 4-3 series lead.  The Leathernecks snapped the Bulldogs’ nine-game winning streak a year ago on the strength of a 1-0 triumph past Drake on Oct. 3, 2012, in Macomb, Ill.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Northern Iowa by a count of 8-2.  The two teams waged a 1-1 double-overtime tie in their last meeting on Sept. 27, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa.

THE COACHES
Western Illinois: Ted Flogaites is in his second campaign directing the Leathernecks maintaining a 18-12-1 (.597) ledger. In 13 seasons as a head coach, he sports a 141-97-14 (.587) record.
Northern Iowa: James Price is in his fourth season leading the Panthers, registering an 23-54-10 (.450) mark. His record in his 15th campaign as a head coach is 111-171-25 (.609).
Drake: In her sixth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 45-48-17 record (.486).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her sixth season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 45-48-17 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.

BULLDOGS GARNER 1-1 DOUBLE-OT TIE WITH IOWA STATE
Drake battled Iowa State through 110 rain-soaked minutes before exiting its in-state showdown against the Cyclones with a 1-1 double-overtime tie on Sunday (Oct. 6) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs nearly won the game in the second overtime session as freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) posted a pair of shots that each missed their mark sailing high, including her best scoring opportunity in the 108th minute (107:03).

The two sides waged through a scoreless first half with Drake netting four shots in the initial stanza.

Senior Paige Dusek appeared to score the game’s first goal in the 49th minute (48:38) sliding behind the Cyclones’ defensive line to beat goalkeeper Maddie Jobe. The goal was waved off when the Bulldogs were whistled for an offside call.

Rodgers provided Drake a 1-0 advantage delivering her fourth goal of the year at the 64:15 mark off an assist from Dusek.

The lead was short-lived as Haley Albert connected on a header off a corner kick from Emily Goldstein in the 69th minute (68:20) to even the affair at one.

Both teams had scoring chances down the stretch, but neither side was able to capitalize on their opportunities.

On the afternoon, Iowa State outshot the Bulldogs, 26-11, including 11-3 on goal.

Rodgers recorded a game-high six shots for Drake, while Dusek added three shots. Junior goalkeeper Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) registered a career-high 10 saves for the Bulldogs.

SWANSON NAMED MVC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Drake goalkeeper Andrea Swanson was chosen as the Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, the league announced on Tuesday (Oct. 8).

Swanson was honored for the first time in her Drake career with the weekly MVC accolade.

Facing her former team for the first time, Swanson recorded a Drake career-high 10 saves in the Bulldogs’ 1-1 double-overtime tie with Iowa State on Sunday (Oct. 6). 

Nine of her 10 saves came in the second half and overtime against the Cyclones, including four saves alone in the second-overtime period.

On the season, Swanson has made 56 saves, while recording one shutout.

DRAKE TIDBITS
• Freshman Rebecca Rodgers’ four goals this season represent the highest total for a Drake rookie since Paige Dusek and Megan Fisher recorded five and four goals, respectively, in 2010.
Rebecca Rodgers’ 36 shots this fall are the most for a Drake freshman since Danielle Figliola registered 38 shots for the entire 2008 campaign.
Andrea Swanson’s 10-save effort against Iowa State marked the most saves in a game by a Bulldog since senior Kalena Litch made 10 stops versus Creighton on Oct. 11, 2012.
• Junior Ashlie Stokes has moved into the career top 10 at Drake in shots (106) 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 Western Illinois on Wednesday (Oct. 9).  
• Following its 1-0 setback at Evansville (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.
• Nine of Drake’s 12 games this season have been decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning a win and three ties in those nine contests.
• The Bulldogs’ offense has been led this season by Paige Dusek, Rebecca Rodgers and Ashlie Stokes as the trio has accounted for 12 of Drake’s 15 goals.
Ashlie Stokes, Paige Dusek, Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) and Rebecca Rodgers had registered 130 of the Bulldogs’ 176 shots this season.
Paige Dusek and Ashlie Stokes are Drake’s active career leaders in goals (11), while Dusek leads the Bulldogs in shots (114) and points (28). 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 114, 106, 93 and 75 career shots, respectively.
Megan Fisher and Schuling lead active Bulldogs in games played (70) and contests started (70).
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 70, 70, 32 and 11 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.
• 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) and ninth in points (28), while Ashlie Stokes and Generve Charles are ranked eighth (11) and 10th (9), respectively, in career goals.
Ashlie Stokes is just outside the career top-10 in points, entering play against Western Illinois with 27 career points.
• The Bulldogs have continued their solid play at home under sixth-year head coach Lindsey Horner, having gone 29-19-6 in her five seasons.
• Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 77 games in her six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including nine of 12 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
Western Illinois 1, Drake 0 (Oct. 3, 2012)
MACOMB, Ill. - Drake saw its nine-game unbeaten streak snapped 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.

Led by a game-high three shots from Kellie Julius, the Leathernecks won the shot count in the contest, 18-16. Ashlie Stokes paced the Bulldogs with three shots. Kalena Litch recorded six stops in goal for Drake.

Drake 1, Northern Iowa 1 (2OT) (Sept. 27, 2012)
WATERLOO, Iowa - Drake saw its school-record eight-game winning streak snapped 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.

Drake was paced by a three-shot performance from Generve Charles. Kalena Litch recorded six 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, including this fall, the Bulldogs own a 51-26-8 record in the month of October.

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake is facing an Oct. 9 game for the third time in program history having downed Indiana State in 2005 before falling to CSU Bakersfield in 2011.

For only the third time, Drake will play a game on Oct. 13.  In its only other contests on the date, Drake tied Illinois State, 1-1, in 2002 and defeated Creighton, 2-0, in 2006.

IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 2-2-1 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring away from home.  Ashlie Stokes, Rebecca Rodgers and Brittany Schuling have registered three, two and two goals, respectively.  Stokes leads the team in scoring in that span with seven points, while Rodgers and Schuling have each added four points.  Rodgers, Stokes, Paige Dusek and Kayla Armstrong pace the Bulldogs with 19, 18, 16 and 12 shots, respectively.  Andrea Swanson has been peppered by 72 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 23 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 at No. 74 in the NCAA in total saves (56).

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
Drake travels to Missouri State for a 7:00 p.m. tilt on Oct. 18.

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