Bulldogs Register 1-0 Victory Past Loyola
DES MOINES, Iowa - Freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) registered her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 73rd minute (72:02) and junior goalkeeper Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) pulled in three saves sparking the Drake women’s soccer team to its first Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season with a 1-0 triumph past Loyola (4-8-5, 1-3 MVC) on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Rodgers scored the only tally the Bulldogs (3-9-4, 1-2-1 MVC) needed in the affair delivering a ball past Rambler goalkeeper Monica Gonyo at the 72:02 mark. The first goal of the conference campaign for Drake came off a terrific pass from sophomore Emma Winstead (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West).
The Bulldogs dominated the affair statistically, registering a 16-4 advantage in shots, including 7-2 in the second half.
Senior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) recorded a team- and season-high eight shots for the Bulldogs, including three on goal. Junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) added three shots in reserve duty. Four different Loyola players were credited with a shot apiece.
Gonyo finished the affair with a game-high seven saves for the Ramblers, while Swanson collected three saves for the Bulldogs en route to collecting her third shutout of the season.
The victory kept the Bulldogs in control of their own destiny to earn a berth in the MVC Tournament, which kicks off on campus sites on Nov. 3.
Drake returns to action on Sunday (Oct. 27) with a 1:00 p.m. contest at league-leading Illinois State.
Prior to the game versus Loyola, the Bulldogs held Faculty Appreciation Night where Drake players recognized some of the people that make their collegiate experience so special in a pre-game ceremony. Those honored included; Dr. Lori Solsma, Dr. Mark Vitha, Dr. Natalie Adkins, Dr. Rhonda Beemer, Dr. Tom Westbrook, Dr. David Courad-Hauri, Lisa Grulke, Dr. Matthew Mitchell and Dr. Geoffrey Bartlett.