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Rodgers Garners All-MVC Preseason Accolades

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: August 15, 2014
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Drake sophomore Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) was among 11 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 Friday (Aug. 15).

As a team, Drake was picked to finish sixth in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 14 points. Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs were league favorite Illinois State (48 points) followed Indiana State (37 points), Loyola (32 points), Evansville (26 points), Missouri State (26 points). Northern Iowa (13 points) rounded out the poll.

Rodgers, who started all 19 games she appeared in for Drake as a freshman, led the Bulldogs in goals (5), while ranking second and third, respectively, in points (10), shots on goal (21) and shots (48) en route to earning second-team All-MVC and All-Freshman team accolades. Her 48 shots matched Sarah Foote for the third-highest total by a Drake freshman in program history. She also ranked eighth, eighth, eighth, 10th, respectively, in the MVC in shots (48), goals (5), goals per game (0.26) and points (10).

The Bulldogs open their regular season on Friday (Aug. 22) traveling to Portland, Ore., to compete in the Portland State Tournament versus Boise State. Game time is slated for 5:00 p.m. CT.

Team (Total Points)

1. Illinois State (6) (48 points)

2. Indiana State (37 points)

3. Loyola (32 points)

4. Evansville (26 points)

Missouri State (26 points)

6. Drake (14 points)

7. Northern Iowa (1) (13 points)

(#) first-place votes

2014 MVC Women's Soccer Preseason Team

Taylor Brand, Evansville, Sr., D, Greenfield, Ind. (Greenfield Central)

Simone Busby, Evansville, Jr., GK, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Girls Preparatory)

*Kelsey Fouch, Missouri State, Sr., D, St. Charles, Mo. (Francis Howell North)

Kate Johnson, Indiana State, Jr., MF, Valparaiso, Ind. (Valparaiso)

*Hannah Leinert, Illinois State, So., F, Wildwood, Mo. (Eureka)

*Hailey Merrill, Loyola, So., D, Edina, Minn. (Edina)

Aryn Newsom, Illinois State, Sr., GK, Manteno, Ill. (Manteno)

Dagny Olson, Illinois State, So., MF, Champaign, Ill. (Centennial)

Rebecca Rodgers, Drake, So., MF, Peotone, Ill. (Peotone)

*Rachel Tejada, Illinois State, Sr., F, Troy, Ill. (Triad)

Abby Van Deventer, Illinois State, Jr., D/F, East Moline, Ill. (United Township)

*Unanimous selection

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