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Bulldogs Host Loyola Before Facing League-Leading Illinois State

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Release: October 22, 2013
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Three games remain on the regular season docket for the Drake women’s soccer team and that slate will soon be whittled down to one as the Bulldogs face a pair of contests this week.  Drake hosts Loyola, the newest member of the Missouri Valley Conference, on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at the Cownie Soccer Complex before traveling to Normal, Ill., for a showdown versus league-leading Illinois State on Sunday (Oct. 27). Game time against the Ramblers is set for 7:00 p.m. on Faculty Appreciation Night, while the tilt with the Redbirds kicks off at 1:00 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RAMBLERS
Loyola (4-7-5, 1-2 MVC) is winless in its last five games having posted a 0-3-2 mark, including a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Western Illinois last Friday (Oct. 18). Junior Samantha Gage directs the Ramblers’ attack with team highs in goals (4), points (8), shots on goal (11) and game-winners (2). Junior goalkeeper Monica Gonyo has recorded 82 saves for Loyola, while sporting a 1.24 goals against average and four shutouts.

SCOUTING THE REDBIRDS
Illinois State (10-6, 4-0 MVC) enters its showdown with Drake on Sunday (Oct. 27) riding a five-game winning streak and with an opportunity to claim the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with a victory or tie. Junior Rachel Tejada, the 2011 and 2012 MVC Player of the Year, leads the Redbirds in goals (12), assists (7), points (31), shots (66) and shots on goal (31). Redshirt junior goalkeeper Aryn Newsom owns 58 saves, a 1.48 goals against average and five shutouts for Illinois State.

SERIES HISTORY
For the sixth time overall and first as conference opponents, Drake and Loyola face each other with the Bulldogs owning a 3-2 series lead.  The two teams are meeting for the first time since Sept. 26, 2008 when the Ramblers recorded a 3-0 home triumph.

Drake is taking on Illinois State for the 16th time when the Bulldogs visit Normal, Ill., this Sunday (Oct. 27).  The Redbirds have gotten the better of the series with an 8-5-2 series lead, including wins in the last eight encounters.  A year ago, Illinois State netted a 2-1 triumph on Oct. 25, 2012 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

THE COACHES
Loyola: Barry Bimbi is in his third season leading the Ramblers, recording an 18-26-8 (.423) mark.
Illinois State: Drew Roff is in his seventh campaign directing the Redbirds.  He has registered a 78-43-10 (.634) ledger at Illinois State and is 104-57-11 (.637) in nine seasons as a head coach.  
Drake: In her sixth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 45-50-18 record (.478).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her sixth season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 45-50-18 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.

DRAKE EARNS 0-0 DOUBLE-OT TIE AT MISSOURI STATE
Drake picked up a key point in the Missouri Valley Conference standings after earning a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Missouri State last Friday (Oct. 18).

The contest proved to be a defensive struggle over the game’s first 45 minutes as the Bulldogs entered halftime in a scoreless tie despite being outshot in the initial stanza, 12-1, including 4-1 on goal.

Drake outshot the Bears in the second half, 3-2, but neither side was able to find the back of the net sending the affair into overtime.

In the first overtime, both teams were held without a shot.

In the second overtime, freshman Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) had her header attempt off a corner kick by senior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) blocked at the 104:38 mark, while sophomore Emma Winstead’s (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) shot in the 110th minute (109:12) sailed high.

Missouri State finished the evening with a 16-6 margin in shots, including 5-1 on goal.
Six different players registered a shot each for the Bulldogs. Junior Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) made a game-high five saves for Drake en route to her second shutout of the season.

DRAKE TIDBITS
• Drake’s 0-0 double-overtime tie at Missouri State marked the first point the Bulldogs have earned in Springfield, Mo., since 2005.
Andrea Swanson has been solid in three MVC games, recording 11 saves, while owning a 0.62 goals against average and one shutout.
• Drake goes in search of its first home victory of the season when the Bulldogs host league newcomer Loyola on Wednesday (Oct. 23).
• When Drake faces Loyola it goes in search of its first goal of the league campaign having been limited to no goals, while holding the opposition to only two in three games.
• 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 (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) posted four during the 2011 campaign, including a 12-save game against Creighton on Oct. 18, 2011.
• Freshman Rebecca Rodgers’ (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) four goals this season represent the highest total for a Drake rookie since Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) recorded five and four goals, respectively, in 2010.
Rebecca Rodgers’ 41 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 (Oct. 9).
• Junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) 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.
• Twelve of Drake’s 15 games this season have been decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning a win and four 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 156 of the Bulldogs’ 215 shots this season.
Paige Dusek and Ashlie Stokes are Drake’s active career leaders in goals (11), while Dusek leads the Bulldogs in shots (123) 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 123, 112, 95 and 75 career shots, respectively.
Megan Fisher and Schuling lead active Bulldogs in games played (73) and contests started (73).
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 73, 73, 35 and 14 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).
• Senior 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 Loyola 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 80 games in her six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including 12 of 15 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
Loyola 3, Drake 0 (Sept. 26, 2008)
CHICAGO, Ill. - Laura Trevillian scored a goal in each half sparking Loyola to a 3-0 victory over Drake.

Elizabeth Woerle led Drake with three shots, including one shot on goal, while the Ramblers outshot the Bulldogs, 17-9.

Goalkeeper Jenny Schroeder registered seven saves for Drake.

Illinois State 2, Drake 1 (Oct. 25, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - The opportunity for an outright MVC regular season title was within reach for Drake, but unfortunately its attempt was thwarted by Illinois State’s 2-1 victory past the Bulldogs on a windy evening at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Illinois State grabbed the early momentum in the affair registering the game’s first goal in the sixth minute (5:17) off a header from Rachel Tejada.  The tally from Tejada was courtesy of a pass into the box from Kyla Cross.

The Redbirds held serve in the initial stanza until Laura Moklestad delivered her fifth goal of the season at the 35:11 mark.  The ball was served into the box by Kylie DeHaven, who earned her first career assist on the goal.

Illinois State registered a 12-8 advantage in shots in the first half, but entered the intermission tied with Drake at one.

The Bulldogs dominated the pace of play to begin the final 45 minutes but were unable to capitalize with a go-ahead tally.

A give-and-go by Tejada to Anna Stinson resulted in what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Redbirds in the 59th minute (58:08).

Drake’s offense struggled to get off shots down the stretch as the Bulldogs garnered only two for the remainder of the contest.  Shots from Brittany Schuling and Moklestad at the 87:11 and 89:25 marks, respectively, were both saved by Illinois State goalkeeper Aryn Newsom.

The Redbirds finished the affair posting a 21-12 advantage in shots.  Collecting a game-high five shots for the Bulldogs was Schuling, while Ashlie Stokes and Moklestad added four- and three-shot efforts.

Goalkeeper Kalena Litch notched five stops for Drake.

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 51-28-9 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 (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) 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 123, respectively. Fisher has started all 73 games of her Bulldog’ career and owns six goals, four assists on 48 shots. Hoover has started 60 of the 67 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 four shots in 20 contests as a Bulldog is Maxwell.  Schuling is Drake’s active leader in games played (73), contests started (73), assists (14) and points (28), while ranking third in goals (7) and shots (95).

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake is playing its second contest on Oct. 23 after dropping a 3-0 decision at Evansville in 2011.
The Bulldogs are 3-0 when playing on Oct. 26 with road victories at Illinois State (1-0 in 2003) and Indiana State (3-0 in 2008), while edging Green Bay (2-1 in 2005) in overtime at home.

IN OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 0-3-2 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring at home.  Rebecca Rodgers, owns Drake’s lone goal in those games.  Rodgers leads the team in scoring in that span with two points, while Paige Dusek has added one point.  Rodgers, Dusek and Ashlie Stokes pace the Bulldogs with 15, 15 and 13 shots, respectively.  Andrea Swanson has been peppered by 78 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 31 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 (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North).

NATIONALLY SPEAKING
Andrea Swanson is nationally-ranked at No. 75 and No. 89 in the NCAA in total saves (73) and saves per game (4.87), 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
Drake concludes its regular season slate hosting Indiana State on Halloween (Oct. 31).  Game time at the Cownie Soccer Complex is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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