The Drake men's soccer team closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule this week as the Bulldogs face a road test at UMKC on Tuesday (Oct. 9) before hosting UIC (Illinois at Chicago) on Saturday (Oct. 13) at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Drake carries a two-game winning and three-game unbeaten streak into its 7:00 p.m. showdown with the Kangaroos.
Drake will host the Flames in the third annual Ralph Gross Alumni Classic. The 7:00 p.m. game marks the fourth annual "Greenest Game on Grass" contest. The Bulldogs look forward to donning green uniforms that will be auctioned off during the game. The first 200 fans in attendance receive a "Drake Soccer Goes Green" T-shirt.
SCOUTING THE KANGAROOS
UMKC (5-4-2) comes into play this week having won its last four games and are unbeaten in its last six contests. In that span, UMKC has defeated Oral Roberts (2-1), Eastern Illinois (3-0), Central Arkansas (3-2) and IPFW (2-1). Sophomore Jordan Rideout and senior David Sarabia lead the Kangaroos with a team-high three goals apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Connor Sparrow owns the majority of minutes in net for UMKC, registering 25 saves and maintaining a 1.88 goals against average
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
UIC (4-5-2) enters its cross-town showdown with Loyola on Wednesday (Oct. 10) on the heels of the Flames seeing their five-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-1 overtime loss at Milwaukee last Saturday (Oct. 6). Senior Ivan Stanisavljevic paces UIC with team-highs in goals (5) and assists (3). Redshirt junior goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski has recorded the majority of minutes in net for the Flames this year and owns 23 saves with a 1.28 goals against average.
The Bulldogs are playing UMKC for the 25th time in program history with Drake leading the all-time series, 16-6-2. Last season, the Bulldogs notched a 2-1 overtime victory on Sept. 9, 2011, at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Drake encounters UIC for the fourth time with the Bulldogs maintaining a 2-1 series advantage. The Flames collected a 3-2 double-overtime win past Drake on Sept. 18, 2011, in the squad's last meeting.
UMKC: Rick Benben is in his 15th campaign directing the Kangaroos and owns a 110-131-29 (.461) record.
UIC: Sean Phillips is in his third season leading the Flames owning a 20-23-5 ledger (.469).
Drake: In his 15th year on the Drake sidelines as head coach is Sean Holmes, who owns a 125-125-30 mark (.500), including 203-151-32 (.567) overall, in his 19th year as a head coach.
DRAKE HEAD COACH SEAN HOLMES
Sean Holmes was named head men's soccer coach at Drake in 1998 and this season marks his 15th campaign directing the Bulldogs' fortunes.
During Holmes' 15-year tenure, the Bulldogs have posted a 125-125-30 record, building a legacy of excellence on Drake's campus and in the Missouri Valley Conference. In 19 years as a head coach, he has amassed a 203-150-32 overall record.
His 2011 squad turned in a strong campaign finishing with an 11-8-1 mark en route to a berth in the semifinals of the State Farm MVC Championship.
Led by seniors Matt Kuhn and Charles Schwartz, who were first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selections, seven Drake student-athletes garnered All-MVC accolades. Seniors Hunter Kennedy and Thomas Ostrander, along with sophomore Garrett Crall, were tabbed second-team selections, while senior Jordan Kadlec was recognized as honorable mention. Capping a stellar campaign with All-Freshman team accolades was Kyle Whigham.
Kuhn, an MLS supplemental draft selection by DC United, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team, and joined Ostrander on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America team. Kuhn was named to the second team, while Ostrander became only the third Bulldog to pull in honors more than once with his selection to the third team. He was a first-team honoree in 2010.
Kuhn, Ostrander and Schwartz also were chosen 2011 Continental Tires/National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Midwest Regional selections. Tabbed to the second team was Kuhn, while Ostrander and Schwartz were named to the third team. It marked the fourth consecutive season and 10th time in program history that the Bulldogs have garnered at least two players on the all-region squad.
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, playing the likes of national powers Michigan, Indiana, Notre Dame, Saint Louis and UC Irvine.
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. Ostrander and junior Michael Thaden were tabbed second-team selections, while Kadlec and Schwartz were recognized as honorable mention recipients. Capping stellar freshman campaigns with All-Freshman team accolades were Crall, Max Duncan and Nick Marshall.
Additionally, Foster and Ostrander were both tabbed 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru All-Midwest Regional third-team selections.
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, and 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.
Drake's progress also has been noticed at the next level with four players being drafted by the Major League Soccer. Matt Nickell and Kuhn were selected by the DC United in 2004 and 2012, respectively, while Corey Farabi and Chris Hamburger were both drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in 2005.
Holmes came to Drake after serving as the top assistant at conference-rival Evansville from 1995-98. During his tenure at Evansville, the Aces compiled a 47-30-6 record, winning the 1996 MVC championship. The team, which he helped build, garnered an NCAA Tournament berth and a top 20 ranking.
BULLDOGS SHUTOUT CENTRAL ARKANSAS, 1-0
Drake remained unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference play on the strength of a 1-0 shutout victory past Central Arkansas last Saturday (Oct. 6) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Senior Michael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) accounted for the Bulldogs' offensive exploits in the contest converting a successful penalty kick at the 24:17 mark, for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
From there, Drake relied on a stingy defense and seven saves from redshirt junior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) to collect its second-consecutive league shutout.
The Bulldogs outshot the Bears in the initial stanza, 7-6, while Central Arkansas bettered Drake in the second half by an identical 7-6 margin.
The Bears nearly squared the game at one with 33 seconds remaining as Shafial Mason had a shot from a yard out in the box that was misplayed into the hands of Gallagher.
Drake was sparked by three-shot performances from Thaden and junior Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville).
Gallagher finished with a game-high seven saves.
DRAKE OUTLASTS WESTERN ILLINOIS, 2-1
A pair of first-half goals propelled Drake to a 2-1 victory past Western Illinois last Wednesday (Oct. 3) at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first on the strength of a goal by junior Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin) at the 31:14 mark. A strong give-and-go in the box by Michael Thaden to Eck created the scoring opportunity.
Drake extended its margin to 2-0 in the 42nd minute (41:47) when the Leathernecks were whistled for a foul in the box that resulted in a penalty kick that Thaden converted successfully.
The Bulldogs maintained a 2-0 lead until Charlie Bales was able to get 1v1 and beat goalkeeper Rich Gallagher at the 58:24 mark.
Mario Alvarez nearly squared the game at two in the 84th minute (83:11) as his point-blank shot on frame sailed high.
Sparked by a game-high four shots from Thaden, Drake registered a 14-10 margin in shots. Gallagher pulled in three stops for the Bulldogs.
FAST STARTS ARE A MUST
On the strength of its 1-0 victory past Central Arkansas last Saturday (Oct. 6), Drake remained unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference action. The Bulldogs have started their league slate with a win or tie in their first two MVC games in each of the last six seasons. During that span, Drake has not had a losing campaign.
GALLAGHER EXTENDS MVC STREAK
Fueled by a stingy defense, Rich Gallagher has been stout in goal for the Bulldogs in two MVC contests this season. Gallagher has recorded back-to-back shutouts, including a 0-0 double-overtime tie with No. 12 Creighton. In those games, Gallagher has recorded 16 saves.
- Drake has garnered five shots apiece from Michael Thaden and Nick Marshall in two league games this season. The Bulldogs have also gotten three shots each from redshirt sophomore Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport), Addison Eck and freshman Alex Troester (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West).
- Despite being outshot 43-28, including 16-6 in two MVC tilts this year, Drake has held its opponents without a goal.
- After missing all of last season, MIchael Thaden has picked up where he left off in 2010 as he leads the Bulldogs in goals (4) and shots (28) this season.
- Thaden has equaled a career high in goals (4) this season, a mark which he set in 2010.
- The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Rich Gallagher was named the league's Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 24-30. Gallagher was honored for the first time in his Drake career.
- The Bulldogs improved to 5-4-6 in conference lidlifters under head coach Sean Holmes with the result against Creighton, including 5-0-6 in the last 11 league openers.
- The Bulldogs have gotten solid production out of their junior class as Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk), Nick Marshall, Addison Eck and Logan North (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) have accounted for five of Drake's 11 goals this season, while combining to record 39 shots, including 16 on goal. Eck also has posted a team-high two assists.
- The Bulldogs' game versus Old Dominion (Sept. 16) marked the 275th in the Drake coaching career of head coach Sean Holmes.
- After being held without a goal in its first two games of the season, Drake erupted for three tallies in the Bulldogs' 3-1 victory past Loyola, all of which were scored by a different player in juniors Nick Marshall, Addison Eck and Logan North.
- Despite Drake's offensive struggles this season, Rich Gallagher has been solid in net, registering 69 saves.
- Junior Garrett Crall was named a first-team selection on the College Sports Madness MVC Men's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team.
- Crall accounted for a team-best five of the Bulldogs' 22 shots at the Billiken Classic. A year ago, Crall registered eight shots for the entire campaign.
- Drake collected its fifth consecutive triumph in a home opener after defeating Loyola, 3-1,on Aug. 31. The Bulldogs own a 17-10-0 ledger all-time in home lidlifters, including 12-3-0 under head coach Sean Holmes.
- The Bulldogs are 34-9-7 since 2006 in home games, including 21-7-2 since 2009.
FRESHMEN MAKING A MARK
Drake has garnered contributions from eight of its nine newcomers this season. Austin Reutzel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) and Alex Troester have led the way earning starts in 10 and seven games, respectively. Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy), who has since been lost for the season with a knee injury, joins Reutzel as the lone Bulldog rookies to earn a point, after collecting an assist against Loyola (Aug. 31).
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 nine seasons, including this fall, under head coach Sean Holmes, the Bulldogs own a 32-16-8 record (.643), including 2-0 this season, and have posted seven consecutive winning months in October.
The Bulldogs are nationally-ranked in several NCAA statistical categories this season. As a team, Drake is 23rd in saves per game (5.38). Individually, Rich Gallagher is ranked fifth and 24th in total saves (69) and saves per game (5.31).
OVER OUR LAST FIVE GAMES
The Bulldogs own a 2-1-2 mark in their last five contests, with three of the five occurring at home. Michael Thaden and Addison Eck own Drake's three goals in that span. Thaden paces Drake with 12 shots. Rich Gallagher has been peppered by 93 shots in goal in that span and has recorded 27 saves.
WINS VERSUS LOSSES
In their three victories this season, the Bulldogs are registering 12.3 shots, 4.3 corner kicks and 4.7 saves, while their opponents recorded 10.7 shots, 2.3 corner kicks and 3.7 saves. In its seven losses, Drake is recording 9.6 shots, 3.7 corner kicks and 5.1 saves, while surrendering 15.4 shots, 6.3 corner kicks and 3.1 saves.
DRAKE WELCOMES BACK ALUMNI
Drake will hold its eighth annual alumni reunion in conjunction with the Bulldogs' clash against Evansville at the Cownie Soccer Complex on Oct. 27.
Drake head coach Sean Holmes and the current Bulldogs welcome back all of the proud alumni that have contributed to the growth and development of the Drake men's soccer tradition over the course of the program's 27 years.
ON THIS DATE IN BULLDOG HISTORY
The Bulldogs face their ninth tilt on Oct. 9 when the team plays UMKC on Tuesday. Drake owns a 7-1 record in the previous eight encounters with wins over Evansville (2010), Denver (1998), Illinois State (1992), Grand View (1990 and 1991), DePaul (1988) and Marycrest College (1986).
The Bulldogs face their seventh contest in program history on Oct. 13 when the squad faces UIC. Drake is 6-0 on the date with wins versus Bradley (2010), Evansville (2007), Western Kentucky (2002), Belmont (2000), Cincinnati (1990) and TCU (1989).
IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 2, UMKC 1 (OT) (Sept. 9, 2011)
DES MOINES, Iowa - A golden goal by Charles Schwartz at the 92:29 mark in overtime propelled Drake to a come-from-behind 2-1 men's soccer victory past UMKC at the Cownie Soccer Complex.
The Kangaroos stole the momentum in the affair striking first when Franklin Washington netted an unassisted tally in the 60th minute (59:49) on a ball that bounded past goalkeeper Rich Gallagher and bounced hitting the cross bar before trickling past the line for a 1-0 lead.
Schwartz evened the tilt at one for Drake at the 71:33 mark, delivering a ball from the top of the box past UMKC goalkeeper Kyle Martin.
Despite outshooting the Kangaroos in the contest, 18-12, the game was ultimately decided in overtime.
Thomas Ostrander pushed the ball forward into the attack and drew a hard foul just outside the box.
Schwartz took the free kick and nailed a ball into the goal for the game-winner.
One of the stars of the game for the Bulldogs was Gallagher, who entered the contest just over 17 minutes in, replacing an injured Jordan Kadlec. Gallagher went on to record three saves.
Ostrander paced all players with a game-high five shots, while Bryan Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan./Rockhill) and Michael Noonan each contributed three shots.
UIC 3, Drake 2 (2OT) (Sept. 18, 2011)
CHICAGO, Ill. - Ivan Stanisavljevic's golden goal in the 110th minute (109:42) lifted UIC (Illinois at Chicago) to a 3-2 double-overtime victory past Drake in men's soccer action at the UIC Soccer Classic.
The physical contest featured seven cards being issued, including a red card handed down to each side.
The Flames got the scoring started in the affair as Stanisavljevic found the back of the net at the 5:55 mark.
The advantage held until Matt Kuhn delivered a goal in the 41st minute (40:34), beating UIC goalkeeper Piotr Kikolski near post from midway through the 18-yard box.
The lead was short-lived as Stanisavljevic added his second tally of the afternoon at the 42:55 mark on a penalty kick.
After the Flames were whistled for a foul in the box less than a minute later, Kuhn again stepped up in the 44th minute (43:43), connecting on a penalty kick.
The Bulldogs outshot UIC in the initial stanza, 11-7, including 6-4 on goal.
The second half was distinctly in favor of the Flames as UIC outshot Drake, 13-3. The final 45 minutes of regulation featured four cards being issued, including a red card to the Bulldogs in the 81st minute (80:37).
Rich Gallagher pulled in a game- and a then career-best nine saves in the affair.
The Flames won the battle of shots, 27-16, including 7-2 in overtime.
Kuhn, Charles Schwartz, Hunter Kennedy and Michael Noonan registered four, four, three and two shots, respectively, for Drake.
MVC ANNOUNCES PRESEASON HONORS
The Missouri Valley Conference released its 2012 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll on Aug. 14 and Drake was tabbed to finish fifth, while placing junior defender Garrett Crall on the preseason All-MVC squad.
Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs are SIU Edwardsville (27 points), Bradley (34 points), Missouri State (38 points and three first-place votes) and Creighton, who was selected as the preseason favorite to win the league crown with 46 points and four first-place tallies. Rounding out the poll were Evansville (18 points) and Central Arkansas (12 points).
Crall was among 13 players named by a vote of the seven MVC men's head soccer coaches to the All-MVC Preseason team.
Starting in all 19 games he appeared in for the Bulldogs as a sophomore, Crall collected eight shots from his defender's slot en route to earning second-team All-MVC accolades. He helped anchor a Drake defensive unit that registered three shutouts, all versus conference opponents.
HOMES GAMES TO BE STREAMED LIVE
Drake men's soccer home games will now be streamed live on GoDrakeBulldogs.com over the True Blue TV platform. The games are shot using a one-camera shoot and will be available on a subscription basis starting as low as $9.95 per month. This subscription also includes access to other Drake streaming events such as volleyball, men's and women's basketball and football games.
Drake faces key road tests at Bradley (Oct. 17) and SIU Edwardsville (Oct. 20). Game time versus the Braves is set for 6:00 p.m., while the showdown with the Cougars is slated for 7:00 p.m.