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Drake Visits Missouri State In Key Valley Encounter

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Release: October 15, 2013
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Approaching the halfway point of its Missouri Valley Conference schedule, the Drake women’s soccer team visits Missouri State this Friday (Oct. 18) for a key conference showdown.  The Bulldogs are seeking to earn their first league point when they battle the first-place Bears in a 7:00 p.m. tilt.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Missouri State (5-7-2, 2-0-1 MVC) is unbeaten in its last five games posting three wins and  pair of ties, including a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Evansville on Saturday (Oct. 12). Senior Shelby Stewart headlines the Bears’ offensive attack registering a team-high four goals, while contributing a pair of assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Perry owns the majority of minutes in goal for Missouri State recording 59 saves and three shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY
For the 14th time overall, Drake and Missouri State will square off on Friday (Oct. 18) with the Bulldogs owning an 8-3-2 series lead.  In the last meeting, Drake collected a 3-0 victory past the Bears on Sept. 22, 2012, at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

THE COACHES
Missouri State: Rob Brewer is in his 18th season leading the Bears, registering an 166-142-39 (.535) mark. His record in his 23rd campaign as a head coach is 228-165-40 (.573).
Drake: In her sixth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 45-50-17 record (.478).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her sixth season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 45-50-17 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.

PANTHERS SPOIL SENIOR NIGHT FOR BULLDOGS, 1-0
On a night when Drake honored its six seniors, it was a 29th-minute goal (28:22) by Annie Dale that spoiled the celebration as Northern Iowa registered a 1-0 victory past the Bulldogs on Sunday (Oct. 13) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Honored before the game in recognition of their accomplishments to the Drake program over the last four seasons were 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 in-state showdown proved to be a defensive battle as the two teams combined for 14 shots in the game, including only six in the second half.  The Panthers captured the triumph despite being limited to five shots on the evening.

The one-goal margin marked the 11th time this season that the Bulldogs have had an affair decided by a goal or less, including the last five contests.

Drake’s best scoring opportunities came on its only two shots on goal in the 75th (74:24) and 88th (87:30) minutes, respectively, off the feet of Maxwell and sophomore Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North).

Dusek recorded a game-high three shots for the Bulldogs, while freshman Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) contributed a pair of shots. Junior Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) recorded a pair of saves for Drake.

WESTERN ILLINOIS EDGES DRAKE, 1-0
A 74th-minute goal (73:59) by Jordan Walgren lifted Western Illinois to a 1-0 women’s soccer victory past Drake last Wednesday (Oct. 9) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Drake posted a 24-17 advantage in shots on the evening, but the Bulldogs were unable to get their attempts on frame, being outshot on goal, 11-5.  Four of Drake’s five shots on goal came in the first half.

Junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) led the Bulldogs with a game-high six-shot performance, while contributing five, four and four shots, respectively, were Paige Dusek, Rhian Pritchard and freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone).

For the second game in a row, Andrea Swanson recorded a career-best 10 saves for Drake.

DRAKE TIDBITS
• The Bulldogs are going after their first victory at Missouri State since 2003 when Drake faces the Bears on Friday. The Bulldogs have dropped their last three contests in Springfield, Mo., after earning a tie in 2005.
• Drake owns a 2-0-2 record when scoring first this season.
Andrea Swanson owns a pair of 10-save performances this fall.  Her two double-digit save efforts are the most in a single season for a Bulldog since Kalena Litch posted four during the 2011 campaign, including a 12-save game against Creighton on Oct. 18, 2011.
• 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’ 40 shots this fall are the most for a Drake freshman since Sarah Foote registered 48 shots for the entire 2004 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. Swanson followed that effort with a 10-save game against Western Illinois last Wednesday (Oct. 9).
• Junior Ashlie Stokes has moved into the career top 10 at Drake in shots (112) at ninth, while rising to eighth on the career list in goals (11).
• 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.
• Eleven of Drake’s 14 games this season have been decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning a win and three ties in those 11 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 and Rebecca Rodgers have registered 153 of the Bulldogs’ 209 shots this season.
Paige Dusek and Ashlie Stokes are Drake’s active career leaders in goals (11), while Dusek leads the Bulldogs in shots (122) 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 122, 112, 94 and 75 career shots, respectively.
Megan Fisher and Schuling lead active Bulldogs in games played (72) and contests started (72).
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 72, 72, 34 and 13 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 was chosen as the MVC Goalkeeper Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 30 - Oct. 6.  Swanson faced her former team for the first time, recording a Drake career-high 10 saves in the Bulldogs’ 1-1 double-overtime tie with Iowa State (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.
• 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 seventh in career shots (122), eighth in goals (11) 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 Missouri State 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 79 games in her six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including 11 of 14 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
Drake 3, Missouri State 0 (Sept. 22, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake opened the MVC portion of its schedule in style extending its school-record winning streak to eight with a 3-0 victory past Missouri State at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

After a sluggish start to their showdown with the Bears, the Bulldogs awoke from their slumber capitalizing on momentum when Rhian Pritchard scored her first career goal at the 30:17 mark to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.  Brittany Schuling earned the assist on what proved to be the game-winning tally.

Drake maintained its 1-0 advantage until the 76th minute (75:19) when Generve Charles netted her fifth goal of the season.  Schuling delivered a ball into the box on a corner kick that Megan Fisher knocked flush off the post before a diving Charles headed the ball into the net.

Laura Moklestad capped the scoring with her third goal of the campaign at the 78:39 mark.  Registering the assist on the tally was Kelsey Pigg.

The Bulldogs won the battle of shots in the affair, 19-17, and were directed by five shots from Ashlie Stokes, while Moklestad added four shots. Kalena Litch pulled in seven saves for Drake en route to notching her fifth shutout of the season.

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 51-28-8 record in the month of October.

BULLDOGS’ THIRD ANNUAL “KICK CANCER” GAME
Drake’s game with Western Illinois (Oct. 9) served as the third annual “KICK Cancer Game”.  The contest was an effort to create awareness about cancer research with this year’s focus being on Ovarian Cancer.

DRAKE HONORS ITS SIX SENIORS
The Bulldogs’ in-state tilt against Northern Iowa on Sunday (Oct. 13) represented Senior Day for seniors Paige Dusek, Megan Fisher, Ann Hoover, Kalena Litch, Charlie Maxwell and Brittany Schuling.  The group was recognized in special pre-game ceremonies.

Drake’s active leader in goals, points and shots is Dusek with 11, six and 122, respectively. Fisher has started all 72 games of her Bulldog’ career and owns six goals, four assists on 48 shots. Hoover has started 59 of the 66 games in which she has played, recording nine 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 20 contests as a Bulldog is Maxwell.  Schuling is Drake’s active leader in games played (72), contests started (72), assists (14) and points (28), while ranking third in goals (7) and shots (94).

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake is playing in its fourth game in school history on Oct. 18 and third battling Missouri State.  The Bulldogs are 0-2-1 in those contests.

IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 1-3-1 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring at home.  Rebecca Rodgers, Ashlie Stokes and Brittany Schuling have registered two, one and one goals, respectively.  Rodgers leads the team in scoring in that span with four points, while Stokes and Schuling have each added two points.  Rodgers, Stokes and Paige Dusek pace the Bulldogs with 17, 16 and 16, respectively.  Andrea Swanson has been peppered by 74 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 29 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 nine losses, Drake averages 15.2 shots, 4.8 corner kicks and 4.4 saves, while surrendering 15.2 shots, 5.4 corner kicks and 4.9 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 is nationally-ranked at No. 57 and No. 84 in the NCAA in total saves (68) and saves per game (4.86), respectively.

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 entertain league newcomer Loyola on Oct. 23 at the Cownie Soccer Complex before visiting preseason MVC favorite Illinois State on Oct. 27.  Game time versus the Ramblers is 7:00 p.m., while the showdown with the Redbirds will start at 1:00 p.m.

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