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Bulldogs Open MVC Championship Play At Loyola

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: November 01, 2013
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The second season begins for the Drake women’s soccer team on Sunday (Nov. 3) as the Bulldogs begin Missouri Valley Conference Championship play visiting Loyola for a 4:00 p.m. showdown.  A victory by Drake and advances to the tournament semifinals for the first time since the 2009 campaign, while a loss concludes the season for the Bulldogs.

A free webstream of the Loyola game will be available at ustream.tv/channel/Loyola-Ramblers-Athletics  

Loyola (6-8-5) has posted back-to-back victories since dropping a 1-0 decision at Drake on Oct. 23, including a 2-0 triumph at Evansville on Thursday (Oct. 31).  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 98 saves for Loyola, while sporting a 1.11 goals against average and six shutouts.

The Bulldogs will be playing in their 17th MVC Championship contest all-time, owning a 6-9-1 mark in the previous 16 games. Drake encounters Loyola in the Ramblers’ inaugural MVC Championship tilt.

The winner of Sunday’s contest advances to the semifinal match on Friday (Nov. 8) in Evansville, Ind., against second-seeded Indiana State.  Match time is tentatively slated for 6:00 p.m. at McCutchan Stadium.

For the seventh time overall, Drake and Loyola face each other with the Bulldogs owning a 4-2 series lead.  In the regular season meeting between the schools, Drake registered a 1-0 triumph on Oct. 23 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Loyola: Barry Bimbi is in his third season leading the Ramblers, recording an 20-27-8 (.436) mark. 

Drake: In her sixth season on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Lindsey Horner, who owns a 46-52-18 record (.474).

Lindsey Horner is in her sixth season leading the Drake women’s soccer program, owning a 46-52-18 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.

A golden goal by Abby Reed in the 104th minute (103:15) lifted Indiana State to a 1-0 women’s soccer victory past Drake in double-overtime on Thursday (Oct. 31) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs had their opportunities to register goals in the affair recording a 17-11 advantage in shots, with six different players netting shots on goal.  The Sycamores bettered Drake in shots on goal, 7-6, and posted three shots in overtime, including the game-winner by Reed.

A trio of three-shot performances from senior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North), sophomore Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) and junior Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) paced Drake.  Reed registered a game-high four shots for the Sycamores.

Junior goalkeeper Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) collected a game-high six saves for the Bulldogs, while Indiana State goalkeeper Brittany San Roman also posted six saves.

Sophomore Emma Winstead (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) garnered recognition for her efforts in the classroom with her selection as a first-team Capital One Academic All-America All-District VI recipient.

Winstead earned the honor for the first time and remains in contention for national Academic All-America laurels.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.  Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable).

Winstead, who maintains a 4.0 GPA in pre-pharmacy, has appeared in 17 games for Drake registering two shots from her defender’s slot. She has helped the Bulldogs to three shutouts this fall, including two in conference action and 11 for her career.

• Drakes goes in search of its first MVC Tournament victory since a 3-1 triumph past Indiana State in 2009, when it battles Loyola on Sunday (Nov. 3).
• The Bulldogs are 2-4-1 all-time in the quarterfinal round of the MVC Tournament, while posting 3-3 and 1-2 marks, respectively, in semifinal and championship games.
• Senior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) has collected 11 saves in three career MVC Tournament games.
Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) is Drake’s active tournament leader with seven shots, including four on goal. The Bulldogs have received four, three, three, three and two shots, respectively, in MVC Tournament games from Paige Dusek, seniors Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar, Rhian Pritchard and Ashlie Stokes.
• The last Bulldog to score in a MVC Tournament contest was Laura Moklestad, registering a tally in Drake’s 3-1 win over Indiana State on Nov. 1, 2009.
• Drake played in six conference games this season with all six 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 (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) ended a nearly 400-minute stretch (387:47) without a goal for the Bulldogs.
Andrea Swanson was solid in six MVC games, recording 25 saves, while owning a 0.94 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 six goals in conference action, with three of those six occurring at Illinois State.
• Drake owns a 3-0-2 record when scoring first this season.
• Seniors Megan Fisher and Brittany Schuling will move into the top-10 at Drake in games played with appearances in the Bulldogs’ contest at Loyola on Sunday (Nov. 3). The duo enters the tilt having played in 76 games 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 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’ 45 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 (118) 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 MVC 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.
• Fourteen of Drake’s 18 games this season have been decided by a goal or less, with the Bulldogs owning a pair of wins and four ties in those 14 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 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) and Rebecca Rodgers have registered 185 of the Bulldogs’ 255 shots this season.
Paige Dusek and Ashlie Stokes are Drake’s active career leaders in goals (11), while Dusek leads the Bulldogs in shots (136) 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 have registered 136, 118, 97 and 75 career shots, respectively.
Megan Fisher leads active Bulldogs in games played (76) and contests started (76).
Megan Fisher, 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 76, 38 and 17 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 (136), 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 30-20-6 in her five seasons.
• Drake has continued its trend under Horner of playing close games as the Bulldogs have had 82 games in her six seasons as head coach decided by one goal or less, including 14 of 18 this season.

Drake 1, Loyola 0 (Oct. 23, 2013)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Rebecca Rodgers registered her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 73rd minute (72:02) and junior goalkeeper 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 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 Emma Winstead.

The Bulldogs dominated the affair statistically, registering a 16-4 advantage in shots, including 7-2 in the second half.

Paige Dusek recorded a team- and season-high eight shots for the Bulldogs, including three on goal.  Ashlie Stokes added three shots in reserve duty.  Swanson collected three saves for the Bulldogs en route to collecting her third shutout of the season.

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 52-30-9 record in the month of October.

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.

The Bulldogs’ in-state tilt against Northern Iowa (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 136, respectively. Fisher has started all 76 games of her Bulldog’ career and owns six goals, four assists on 49 shots. Hoover has started 63 of the 70 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 (76), assists (14) and points (28), while ranking third in goals (7) and shots (97).

Drake is playing in its third game in school history on Nov. 3 with the previous two each occurring in MVC Tournament play.  The Bulldogs defeated Missouri State in the semifinals of the 2006 MVC Tournament, 1-0, while dropping a 1-0 decision at Evansville in the quarterfinals in 2002.

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 and Kayla Armstrong pace the Bulldogs with 17 and nine shots, respectively.  Andrea Swanson has been peppered by 51 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 21 saves.

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 11 losses, Drake averages 14.6 shots, 4.2 corner kicks and 4.6 saves, while surrendering 14.8 shots, 5.5 corner kicks and 5.0 saves.

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.

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).  

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).

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.

Andrea Swanson is nationally-ranked at No. 56 and No. 90 in the NCAA in total saves (87) and saves per game (4.83), respectively.

A victory by Drake sends the Bulldogs into a 6:00 p.m. tilt versus Indiana State next Friday (Nov. 8) in Evansville, Ind., a setback and the 2013 campaign will have drawn to a close.

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