Drake travels to Omaha, Neb., to compete in the six-team State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Championship as the fourth-seeded Bulldogs battle fifth-seeded Central Arkansas on Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 3:00 p.m. in Morrison Stadium in the tournament quarterfinals. A victory over the Bears and Drake advances to face top-seeded Missouri State on Friday (Nov. 11) at 3:00 p.m. The tournament quarterfinals and semifinals will be video streamed via MVC Live with the championship match taking place on Sunday (Nov. 13) at 1:06 p.m. with Fox Sports Midwest televising the affair.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Central Arkansas (2-11-4) is 1-6-3 in its last 10 games, with the lone victory coming over Drake on Oct. 22. The Bears are led by four players who have recorded a pair of goals apiece. Sophomore Patxi Shortsleeve has registered 60 saves this year, while recording a 1.71 goals against average.
DRAKE MVC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Drake maintains a 6-12-2 mark in 20 matches in MVC Championship history, including 4-7-1 under Sean Holmes. The Bulldogs are meeting Central Arkansas for the first time. Should Drake advance to face Missouri State in the semifinals, the Bulldogs are 1-1-1 marks against the Bears, with MSU winning a shootout in the teams' last encounter in 2008.
BULLDOG MVC TOURNAMENT NUGGETS
- The Bulldogs are 6-12-2 all-time in tournament action, but are 2-1-1 in their last four contests.
- Drake is 3-6-0 all-time in quarterfinal matches, 2-5-2 in the semifinals and 1-1 in championship tilts.
- Senior Michael Noonan (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) is the only member on the Bulldogs' roster to have scored a goal in tournament play. Noonan scored Drake's first goal in a 2-1 victory over Evansville in the 2009 title game.
- Owning tournament assists during their respective careers are Noonan and senior Hunter Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington).
- Senior Matt Kuhn (Raytown, Mo./Raytown South) owns a team-high five tournament starts, having earned the assignment in each of the five games he has participated in. Hunter Kennedy, senior Thomas Ostrander (Fort Dodge, Iowa/St. Edmond Catholic) and Michael Noonan have recorded four, three and two starts, respectively.
Drake is playing Central Arkansas for the fifth time in school history with the series all square at 2-2. The Bears registered a 2-1 home victory over the Bulldogs on Oct. 22.
Central Arkansas: Chad Flanders is in his ninth campaign directing the Bears and owns a 62-71-12 (.469) record.
Drake: In his 14th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 121-117-27 mark (.508), including 199-143-29 (.575) overall, in his 18th year as a head coach.
DRAKE HEAD COACH SEAN HOLMES
Sean Holmes was named head coach at Drake in 1998 and this season marks his 14th campaign directing the Bulldogs' fortunes.
During Holmes' 14-year tenure, the Bulldogs have posted a 121-117-27 record, building a legacy of excellence on Drake's campus and in the Missouri Valley Conference. In 20 years as a head coach he has amassed a 199-143-29 overall record.
Coming on the heels of the most successful season in school history in 2009, the 2010 edition of the Bulldogs featured a young core of players facing arguably Drake's most challenging schedule ever as the Bulldogs played the likes of national powers Michigan, Indiana, Notre Dame, Saint Louis and UC Irvine, not to mention conference rival Creighton.
Infused with 14 newcomers, the Bulldogs turned in a successful 8-8-2 record (4-2-1 MVC), including a 1-0 road victory over Michigan, who advanced to the College Cup, and 1-1 double-overtime tie with No. 12 UC Irvine.
Senior Nick Foster, who was named as a first team All-MVC men's soccer selection, led eight Drake student-athletes garnering All-MVC accolades. Juniors Thomas Ostrander and Michael Thaden were tabbed second-team selections, while redshirt juniors Jordan Kadlec and Charles Schwartz were recognized as honorable mention recipients.
Capping stellar freshman campaigns with All-Freshman team accolades were Garrett Crall, Max Duncan and Nick Marshall.
Additionally, Foster and Ostrander were both 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru All-Midwest Regional third-team selections. It marked the third consecutive season and ninth time in program history that the Bulldogs have garnered at least two players on the all-region squad.
The Bulldogs were equally successful off the field as Foster and Ostrander became the first-ever Bulldogs named to the first team NSCAA Men's College Scholar All-America Team. The duo became the ninth and 10th Drake players to garner NSCAA Academic All-America accolades, but the first two to be named to the first team.
Drake posted a school-record 16-7-2 mark in 2009, capped off by winning its first ever MVC Tournament championship while advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Drake earned its highest ranking in school history, being rated No. 8 in the final 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top-25 National Poll. The Bulldogs also rated eighth in the final 2009 NCAA RPI tabulation.
The Bulldogs posted 2009 NCAA Tournament victories past Western Illinois (2-1), No. 13 ranked Ohio State (1-0, overtime) and Boston College (6-4) before falling at nationally ranked North Carolina (2-1).
Garrett Webb was a semifinalist for the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy that is the highest individual honor in college soccer. He also became the second Drake player to earn All-America status with his selection to the NSCAA and College Soccer News second and third team All-America squads, respectively.
A national-best three Bulldogs were named to the 2009 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams, led by senior Brian Wurst who became the initial first team Academic All-American honoree in school history. Joining him on the second and third teams, respectively, were junior Matt Kuhn and senior Calvin Clark. Drake's three selections marked the most of any school in the country in the university division (Division I), besting Akron and South Carolina, who garnered two selections each.
Holmes, 46, was born in Switzerland and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. An all-Ontario sweeper at Carleton University from 1983-87, Holmes was a 1983 Lisgar Collegiate Graduate and a CIAU Men's Soccer Finalist in 1984. Holmes also won the Jack Vogen Award as the school's outstanding senior student-athlete in 1987. He played professionally for the Ottawa Pioneers of the Canadian Soccer League in 1987, and began his coaching career with the University of Kansas soccer club in 1988.
Holmes was head coach at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., from 1989-93, compiling a 78-26-2 record, leading the 1991, 1992 and 1993 teams to NAIA District 10 championships. Holmes also served as director of the Olympic Development Program in Kansas for two years.
Holmes holds a USSF 'A' level coaching license and is a member of the Region II staff for the Olympic Development Program. He serves as a staff coach for the Iowa Soccer Association, and also served as age group coach for both the 1978 and 1984 Region II teams. He was an assistant coach at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in St. Louis, Mo.
MISSOURI STATE SPOILS SENIOR NIGHT, 2-1
Heath Melugin's golden goal in the 106th minute (105:07) propelled Missouri State to a 2-1 victory over Drake in men's soccer play on Senior Night for the Bulldogs on Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The initial stanza proved to be a defensive struggle as the Bulldogs outshot Missouri State, 3-2. Strong winds blowing out of the south plagued both sides in the affair.
The Bears struck first when Danny Frid netted his first goal of the season at the 19:31 mark off assists from Melugin and Gerard Barbero.
The Bulldogs dominated the second half statistically garnering a 13-1 advantage in shots but were unable to convert until Missouri State was whistled for a foul in the box in the 86th minute (85:24).
Stepping up to take the penalty kick was Matt Kuhn, who delivered a clean ball into the net for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
The match went into overtime where both teams had opportunities to net the game-winner before Melugin capitalized in the second overtime session to give the Bears a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.
Drake wrapped up the tilt owning a 17-8 advantage in shots, despite the Bears outshooting the Bulldogs in overtime, 5-1.
Kuhn registered a game-high five shots, while Thomas Ostrander and senior Charles Schwartz (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf) contributed four and three shots, respectively.
Senior Jordan Kadlec (Hiawatha, Iowa/Kennedy) was credited with two stops.
QUARTET EARNS CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Drake earned recognition for its efforts in the classroom as a Missouri Valley Conference-best four Bulldogs were tabbed as first team Capital One Academic All-America All-District VI selections.
Named to the first team to remain in contention for national Academic All-America laurels were senior midfielder Matt Kuhn, senior forward Hunter Kennedy, sophomore defender Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) and senior forward Thomas Ostrander.
Kuhn, Kennedy and Ostrander were each tabbed first-team district selections for the second time in their Drake careers, while Marshall garnered first-team accolades for the initial time as a Bulldog.
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).
A graduate student pursuing an MBA in accounting, Kuhn maintains a perfect 4.00 grade point average. He has started all 18 games for Drake, registering team highs in goals (10), points (24), shots (42) and game-winners (3). The Bulldogs' all-time leader in assists, he has contributed four assists this season. In 2009, Kuhn was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team.
Majoring in health sciences, Kennedy owns a 3.51 GPA. Starting in all 17 contests he has appeared in for the Bulldogs, Kennedy has collected two goals, while adding three assists.
Pursuing a master's degree in accounting, Ostrander holds a perfect 4.00 graduate school GPA after earning a 3.56 GPA in his undergraduate studies. Starting all 18 games for Drake, Ostrander leads the team in shots on goal (23), while ranking second in goals (5), shots (41) and assists (4).
Marshall, who boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA majoring in health sciences, has started all 18 games for the Bulldogs and has recorded two goals and an assist from his defender's position.
DRAKE HONORS 11 SENIORS
Honored before the Drake's game versus Missouri State last Saturday (Nov. 5) in special Senior Night festivities were Jordan Kadlec, Hunter Kennedy, Matt Kuhn, Colin Lawter (Wichita, Kan./Wichita Southeast), Michael Noonan, Thomas Ostrander, David Parato (St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade Prep), Matt Prather (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit North), Matt Reindl (Batavia, Ill./Batavia), Jordan Stanley (Roscoe, Ill./Harlem) and Charles Schwartz.
SENIOR CLASS ESTABLISHES VICTORY MARK
The Bulldogs' 2-0 win over SIU Edwardsville (Oct. 19) enabled Drake's senior class of Matt Kuhn, Jordan Kadlec, Hunter Kennedy, Michael Noonan, Thomas Ostrander, Matt Reindl and Charles Schwartz to surpass the Bulldogs' 2010 seniors for most wins by a class in program history with their 47th victory.
HOLMES ONE WIN SHY OF NO. 200
Drake head coach Sean Holmes enters the Bulldogs' contest versus Central Arkansas on Wednesday (Nov. 9) one win shy of registering his 200th career coaching victory.
- Matt Kuhn became the first Bulldog since Garrett Webb in 2009 to surpass the 10-goal plateau when he connected on a penalty kick versus Missouri State (Nov. 5). He is the sixth Drake player under head coach Sean Holmes to record 10 or more goals in a season.
- Matt Kuhn will play in his 82nd career game versus Central Arkansas to tie Luke Gorczyca for most games played in Drake history.
- Matt Kuhn was selected as the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced on Oct. 26. He joined Thomas Ostrander, who captured the honor on Oct. 5, as the two Bulldogs recognized by the league this season for their academic and athletic success.
- Matt Kuhn's assist on Thomas Ostrander's tally in a 2-1 setback at Central Arkansas (Oct. 22) was the 23rd of his career, allowing him to surpass Matt Nickell (2001-04) and Eric Wilson (1994-98) atop the Bulldogs' all-time list for assists.
- Drake owns 34 goals by 11 different players this season after scoring 21 all of last season from nine different players.
- Matt Kuhn's game-winning goal versus Saint Louis moved him into the top-10 in career goals at Drake. His tally versus Missouri State (Nov. 5) vaulted him past Jesse Baker (2002-05) and Eric Wilson (1994-98) for seventh place with 24 career goals.
- Charles Schwartz is now one assist shy of cracking the top-10 in school history after earning an assist in Drake's 2-0 home win past SIU Edwardsville.
- Drake's victory over Saint Louis marked its first against the Billikens in four lifetime meetings, while also representing the first in the last three to not end in a 1-0 decision for Saint Louis in the final minute of double overtime.
- Matt Kuhn's multi-goal performance at UIC (Sept. 18) marked the first time since the 2009 campaign that a Bulldog had posted at least two games of two or more goals in a season. In 2009, Garrett Webb pulled off the feat four times.
- Matt Kuhn also cracked the all-time top-10 in career points at Drake with his two goals at UIC. Kuhn has moved up to fourth with 71 career points.
- Jordan Kadlec was selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Oct. 10. The accolade marked the third time in his career that Kadlec has captured the top defensive award. Kadlec proved to be a stalwart in Drake earning a 1-0 home victory over Bradley (Oct. 8) as he pulled in six saves, three in each half. It proved to be both Kadlec's and the Bulldogs' initial shutout of the season.
- Thomas Ostrander was selected as the MVC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3. The accolade marked the fourth time in his career that the Ostrander has captured the top offensive award. He had a scoring role in three of the Bulldogs' four goals in their 4-3 victory over Saint Louis on Oct. 1, recording his second and third goals of the season, along with an assist.
- Matt Kuhn was selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week the league announced on Oct. 24. Kuhn helped the Bulldogs to a 1-1 mark on the strength of team highs in goals (1), assists (2), shots (6) and shots on goal (4).
- The Bulldogs' 2-1 victory over UMKC (Sept. 9) enabled Drake to improve to 16-10 all-time in home openers, including 11-3 under Holmes.
- After having only one multi-goal performance a year ago, the Bulldogs already have four this season, two by Matt Kuhn (Sept. 2 at San Diego and Sept. 18 at UIC) and one each from Thomas Ostrander (Oct. 1 vs. Saint Louis) and Charles Schwartz (Sept. 9 vs. UMKC).
- All three of the Bulldogs' goals in a 3-1 win over Fordham (Sept. 11) represented the initial career tallies for Nick Marshall, Ross Payne (Overland Park, Kan./Pembroke Hill) and Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport).
- With their six home victories, the Bulldogs are 31-8-7 since 2006 in home games, including 18-6-2 the last three campaigns.
- Following Drake's 2-1 victory over Loyola (Aug. 27), the Bulldogs own a 13-11-2 season-opening ledger (.538), including 9-4-1 under head coach Sean Holmes.
- Jordan Kadlec's five saves versus Northern Illinois moved him into fifth place all-time at Drake, surpassing Mike Jensen (1986-87) in career saves. Kadlec now owns 192 career stops.
- Matt Kuhn made his successful return to the line-up against Loyola after missing all of the 2010 campaign with a knee injury. He made his presence known immediately, contributing his 20th career assist.
- Charles Schwartz had a career game en route to helping Drake to a 4-2 road victory at San Diego (Sept. 2), earning assists on each of the Bulldogs' four goals. His four assists tied the school record set by Andrew Guarneri against UMKC on Sept. 26, 1991.
- Drake opened MVC play when the Bulldogs defeated Bradley (Oct. 8), 1-0. Drake is now 7-9-5 all-time in league openers in the Valley, including 5-4-5 under head coach Sean Holmes. The number under Holmes is deceiving as the Bulldogs have gone 5-0-5 under his leadership since dropping the league lidlifter in each of his first four campaigns as head coach.
THE TIME TO SHINE
The change of season 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 eight seasons, including the 2011 campaign, under head coach Sean Holmes, the Bulldogs own a 30-16-8 record (.630), including 5-2 this season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months of October.
OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 2-3 mark in their last five contests, with four of the five occurring away from home. Four Drake players have registered a goal, with Matt Kuhn and freshman Thomas Schermoly (Olathe, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) leading the way with three and two goals, respectively. Kuhn leads the team in scoring in that span with eight points. Kuhn, Thomas Ostrander and Charles Schwartz pace Drake with 14, 12 and 11 shots, respectively. Jordan Kadlec has been peppered by 58 shots in that span in goal and has recorded 17 saves.
WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their 10 victories this season, the Bulldogs have registered 13.7 shots, 4.1 corner kicks and 4.6 saves, while their opponent recorded 14.1 shots, 6.9 corner kicks and 4.3 saves. In its seven setbacks, Drake is recording 11.1 shots. 4.7 corners and 5.0 saves, while seeing the opposition post 13.9 shots, 3.3 corners and 4.6 saves.
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season. Drake is rated 17th, 18th, 33rd and 69th, respectively, in total goals (34), scoring offense (1.89), saves per game (4.94) and won-loss percentage (.583). Individually, Charles Schwartz is 13th nationally in total assists (8) and 23rd in assists (0.44) per game, Matt Kuhn is 28th in total points (24), 29th in total goals (10), 34th in goals per game (0.56) and 38th in points per contest (1.33), while Jordan Kadlec ranks 41st, 69th and 77th in saves per game (4.64), total saves (65) and save percentage (.774).
IN OUR LAST MEETING
Central Arkansas 2, Drake 1 (Oct. 22, 2011)
CONWAY, Ark. - A season-best five-game winning streak came to an end for Drake as Central Arkansas registered a 2-1 upset on Oct. 22.
Drake was thwarted in its attempt to give Holmes his 200th career coaching victory as the Bears garnered their initial MVC win in program history.
Central Arkansas outshot the Bulldogs in the first half, 9-8, and held a 1-0 lead after David Ngwenya delivered his initial goal of the season at the 35:03 mark.
The Bears extended the margin to 2-0 on the strength of Matt Taphorn's first tally of the year in the 61st minute (60:27).
Thomas Ostrander cut the deficit in half, 2-1, connecting on his fifth goal of the year at the 63:20 mark. Earning assists were senior Matt Kuhn and sophomore Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin).
The Bulldogs played the final 20:21 of the affair with a one-man advantage, but were unable to net the equalizer, despite consecutive shots by Kuhn and sophomore Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhurst) hitting the post at the 86:54 and 86:57 marks, respectively.
Drake outshot Central Arkansas, 19-11, including 11-2 in the final stanza. Charles Schwartz paced all players with a game-high five shots, while Kuhn, Ostrander and Jantsch added four, three and three shots, respectively.
Jordan Kadlec pulled in four saves for Drake.
DRAKE WELCOMES BACK ALUMNI
Drake held its seventh annual alumni reunion in conjunction with the Bulldogs' clash against Missouri State at the Cownie Soccer Complex last Saturday (Nov. 5).
Drake head coach Sean Holmes and all the current Bulldogs welcomed back all of the proud alumni that have helped the growth and development of the Drake men's soccer tradition over the course of the program's 26 years.
OSTRANDER NAMED TO LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD LIST
Sixty NCAA men's and women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field, including Drake senior Thomas Ostrander, were selected as candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer.
Ostrander graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Drake in three years and is currently pursuing a master's in accounting. He has helped organize the Lose the Shoes Fundraising Tournament for AIDS relief in Africa as well as assisting in the effort for the Drake Athletic department in gathering items for Toys for Tots run by the Salvation Army. He has been active in Meals from the Heartland as well as conducting youth soccer clinics in the community.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Lowe's will announce the Senior CLASS Award winners during the 2011 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships. The Men's College Cup will take place December 9 and 11 in Hoover, Ala.
ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
Drake will be playing for the third time in program history and second in MVC Tournament play on Nov. 9 when it battles Central Arkansas on Wednesday. The Bulldogs have registered a 2-0 mark in the previous two games on the date with wins over Missouri State (2005) and Illinois State (1994).
OSTRANDER EARNS PRESEASON ALL-MVC ACCOLADES
Thomas Ostrander was among 11 players tabbed by a vote of the seven Missouri Valley Conference head men's soccer coaches as an All-MVC Preseason first-team selection, the league announced on Aug. 16.
Ostrander was named to the first team after appearing in all 18 games for Drake as a junior and leading the team in goals (5), points (11), and game-winners (2), while ranking second in shots (33) and shots on goal (13). He was tabbed to the All-MVC second team as well as a third team all-Midwest region selection. He also joined former teammate Nick Foster as the first-ever Bulldogs named to the first team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men's College Scholar All-America Team.
PRESEASON MVC POLL TABS DRAKE FOURTH
Drake was picked to finish fourth in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 30 points. Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs are Missouri State (33 points and one first-place vote), Bradley (34 points) and Creighton, who, was selected as the preseason favorite to win the league crown with 48 points and six first-place tallies. Rounding out the poll were SIU Edwardsville (26 points), Evansville (15 points) and Central Arkansas (10 points).
A victory by Drake over Central Arkansas and the Bulldogs will face top-seeded Missouri State on Friday (Nov. 11) at 3:00 p.m. A loss versus the Bears and Drake's 2011 campaign will draw to a close.