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Drake Closes Out Regular Season Hosting Indiana State

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Release: October 29, 2013
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Having secured a berth in this weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship, the Drake women’s soccer team seeks to improve its seeding as the Bulldogs draw their regular season campaign to a close on Thursday (Oct. 31) entertaining Indiana State in a Halloween affair at the Cownie Soccer Complex.  Game time versus the Sycamores is set for 7:00 p.m.

TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS
There are numerous scenarios that will come into play this week to determine Drake’s seed for the upcoming MVC Championship, and which opponent the Bulldogs will play on the road on Sunday (Nov. 3). 

Drake is currently the sixth and final seed in the tournament and by virtue of its seed would face a game at Missouri State, who the Bulldogs battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on Oct. 18.

A loss by Drake results in the Bulldogs earning the No. 6 tournament seed. A victory by Drake, coupled with a draw between Evansville and Loyola, creates a tie between the Bulldogs and Ramblers.  Drake wins the tiebreaker and the No. 5 tournament seed versus Loyola based on a 1-0 victory on Oct. 23.  A loss by the Ramblers and triumph by the Bulldogs also provides the No. 5 seed to Drake.  A win and an Evansville setback results in a tie between the Bulldogs and Purple Aces, one won by Evansville on the strength of a 1-0 victory on Sept. 29.  Drake can’t catch either Indiana State or Missouri State in the league standings.

SCOUTING THE SYCAMORES
Indiana State (8-8, 3-2 MVC) is riding a four-game winning streak entering its contest at Drake on Thursday (Oct. 31). The Sycamores posted a 2-1 triumph past Missouri State last Friday (Oct. 25). Freshman Abby Reed and sophomore Kate Johnson have accounted for 15 of Indiana State’s 28 goals this season as the duo has recorded eight and seven goals, respectively. Freshman goalkeeper Brittany San Roman owns the bulk of the minutes in goal for the Sycamores registering 49 saves and sporting a 1.60 goals against average and three shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY
For the 14th time overall, Drake and Indiana State square off with the Bulldogs owning a 10-2-1 series lead. The Bulldogs are 7-0 all-time at home versus the Sycamores. A year ago, Indiana State and Drake battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in Terre Haute, Ind.

THE COACHES
Indiana State: Erika True is in her fifth campaign directing the Sycamores.  She has registered a 33-51-7 (.401) ledger at Indiana State.  
Drake: In her sixth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 46-51-18 record (.478).

DRAKE HEAD COACH LINDSEY HORNER
Lindsey Horner is in her sixth season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 46-51-18 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.

ILLINOIS STATE DELIVERS 3-0 SETBACK TO DRAKE
In its final regular season road game, Drake dropped a 3-0 decision at Illinois State on Sunday (Oct. 27).

Anna Stinson scored what proved to be the game-winning tally in the second minute (1:30) to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead with her second goal of the year.

Rachel Tejada, the two-time MVC Player of the Year, connected on her team-leading 13th goal of the season at the 30:37 mark to extend the advantage to 2-0.

The Bulldogs were outshot in the initial stanza, 6-2, including 4-2 on goal.

Dagny Olson capped the scoring in the affair delivering her sixth goal on the campaign in the 55th minute (54:55).

Illinois State recorded a 14-7 margin in shots, including 8-5 on goal. Freshman Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) directed the Bulldogs with a three-shot performance. Junior goalkeeper Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) turned in a game-high five saves for Drake.

BULLDOGS GARNER 1-0 TRIUMPH PAST LOYOLA
Freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) registered her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 73rd minute (72:02) and Andrea Swanson pulled in three saves sparking Drake to its first Missouri Valley Conference victory of the season with a 1-0 triumph past Loyola last Wednesday (Oct. 23) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Rodgers scored the only tally the Bulldogs 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. Swanson collected three saves for the Bulldogs en route to collecting her third shutout of the season.

DRAKE TIDBITS
• Drake has played in five conference games this season with all five games resulting in a shutout decision. A year ago, four of the Bulldogs six league tilts ended with shutouts.
• Drake’s goal versus Loyola by Rebecca Rodgers ended a nearly 400-minute stretch (387:47) without a goal for the Bulldogs.
Andrea Swanson has been solid in five MVC games, recording 19 saves, while owning a 0.96 goals against average and two shutouts.
• Drake recorded its initial goal in league play against Loyola.  The Bulldogs’ defense has been nearly as stingy, allowing only five goals in five conference games, with three of those five occurring at Illinois State.
• Drake owns a 3-0-2 record when scoring first this season.
• Seniors Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) are expected to move into the top-10 at Drake in games played with appearances in the Bulldogs’ contest with Indiana State on Thursday (Oct. 31) and in the MVC Tournament on Sunday (Nov. 3). The duo enters the week having started all 75 games they have played in at Drake.
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.
Rebecca Rodgers’ five goals this season represent the highest total for a Drake rookie since Paige Dusek recorded five in 2010.
Rebecca Rodgers’ 43 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 has moved into the career top 10 at Drake in shots (115) 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.
• Thirteen of Drake’s 17 games this season have been decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning a pair of wins and four ties in those 13 contests.
• The Bulldogs’ offense has been led this season by Paige Dusek, Rebecca Rodgers and Ashlie Stokes as the trio has accounted for 13 of Drake’s 16 goals.
Ashlie Stokes, Paige Dusek, Kayla Armstrong and Rebecca Rodgers have registered 176 of the Bulldogs’ 238 shots this season.
Paige Dusek and Ashlie Stokes are Drake’s active career leaders in goals (11), while Dusek leads the Bulldogs in shots (133) 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 133, 115, 95 and 75 career shots, respectively.
Megan Fisher and Schuling lead active Bulldogs in games played (75) and contests started (75).
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 75, 75, 37 and 16 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 fifth in career shots (133), 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 30-19-6 in her five seasons.
• Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 81 games in her six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including 13 of 17 this season.

IN OUR LAST MEETING
Drake 0, Indiana State 0 (Oct. 21, 2012)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Drake recorded a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Indiana State in its next-to-last regular season contest.

Neither side was able to crack the scoring column in the first half as the Sycamores recorded a 5-3 shot advantage.

In the second half, Indiana State again outshot the Bulldogs, 6-5, en route to a 12-10 margin in shots on the game.

After failing to get off a shot in the initial overtime session, Drake garnered a pair of shots in the second overtime period, including one at the 108:40 mark by Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) that was blocked.

Ashlie Stokes, Megan Fisher and Pritchard each added a pair of shots to the Bulldogs’ attack. Kalena Litch pulled in four saves 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 52-29-9 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 (Nevada, Iowa/Nevada), 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 133, respectively. Fisher has started all 75 games of her Bulldog’ career and owns six goals, four assists on 48 shots. Hoover has started 62 of the 69 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 21 contests as a Bulldog is Maxwell.  Schuling is Drake’s active leader in games played (75), contests started (75), assists (14) and points (28), while ranking third in goals (7) and shots (95).

ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake is playing in its third game in school history on Oct. 31 with all three occurring at home.  The Bulldogs defeated Minnesota, 4-1, during the 2003 campaign, before dropping a 1-0 decision against Evansville in the 2010 MVC Championship.

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, owns Drake’s lone goal in those games.  Rodgers leads the team in scoring in that span with two points, while Emma Winstead has added one point.  Paige Dusek, Kayla Armstrong and Ashlie Stokes pace the Bulldogs with 19, 11 and nine shots, respectively.  Andrea Swanson has been peppered by 56 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 25 saves.

WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their three victories this season, the Bulldogs are recording 16.3 shots, 4.7 corner kicks and 2.7 saves per game, while their opponents are posting 7.3 shots, 5.0 corner kicks and 6.3 saves.  In its 10 losses, Drake averages 14.4 shots, 4.4 corner kicks and 4.5 saves, while surrendering 15.1 shots, 5.7 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. 76 and No. 96 in the NCAA in total saves (81) and saves per game (4.76), respectively.

UP NEXT
Drake opens the MVC Championship with a road contest at a to-be-determined opponent on Sunday (Nov. 3).

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