The Drake Menâ€™s Soccer Experience
Cownie Soccer Complex/Drake Stadium
The Home of Drake Soccer
The Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines became the home of the Drake soccer team in 2003. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff improved the complex with the installation of lights for night games, a 1,000-seat bleacher addition, press box and soccer-based scoreboard. The field has served as the site for numerous national and regional competitions, including the 2007 Regional II Soccer Championship and 2006 USYSA National Championships. Cownie also served as the site for the 2004 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Championship and this November will host the 2009 State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship (Nov. 13-15). The Bulldogs made their return to campus playing a few matches in Drake Stadium in 2006.
The Cownie Soccer Complex will host eight Drake men’s regular season soccer games this season, as well as the 2009 State Farm MVC Championship, Nov. 13-15.
2009 State Farm MVC Championship November 13-15, 2009 Cownie Soccer Complex Championship game live on Fox Sports Midwest
The Bulldogs made use of historic Drake Stadium utilizing it as a training facility for the team during the season.
“At Drake, I’ve been exposed to a mentally, physically and emotionally demanding lifestyle. I know what it feels like to be both physically and mentally drained, yet still be expected to maintain focus. I have experienced personal satisfaction in competition and learned concepts like teamwork and what it means to depend on others and for others to depend on you. The principles and lessons that I have learned are applicable to all aspects of my life, whether it be a professional, Matt Sahag family or social setting. ColNSCAA third team legiate athletics and my time academic all-America spent at Drake have laid a solid foundation for the continuation of success in my life.”
Luke Frieberg NSCAA third team Scholar all-America
- An excerpt from a speech given by Matt Sahag at the annual Dinner of the Dogs in 2002. Sahag was the first Academic All-American in the team’s history. He is a 2006 graduate from the Drake Law School.
“Drake provided the right fit for me as far as combining competitive sports and high class academics. I could not have asked for a better preparation for Law School than I got at Drake.” -Adam Zenor, a three-year starter who earned degrees in English and law, politics and society in 2005. He graduated from University of Iowa Law School in 2008.
Kevin Shrout NSCAA second team Scholar all-America
“Drake soccer has given me great examples of people who put academics first. The combination of the mentors on the soccer team along with the faculty and staff of the university have shown me the advantages of applying myself both in scholastic and athletic realms. Without their guidance I wouldn’t be where I am today.” - Luke Frieberg, a four-year letterwinner who earned a degree in management and finance from Drake in 2008. He is a part of the Leadership Development Rotation at Principal Financial in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Drake soccer has given me a unique opportunity that I think many student athletes miss out on. Coaches and teammates that are constantly looking out for academics have shown me how important academics really are. I believe that being able to succeed in the classroom has allowed me to succeed on the field. Without others at Drake showing me the hard work it takes to be a successful student as well as a successful athlete, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today.”
- Kevin Shrout, a three-year letterwinner and current senior on the Bulldog roster.
Adam Zenor NSCAA two-time second team
Blake Siberz NSCAA third team Scholar all-America
“Drake is obviously well known for its academics, so it was important for me to put the time and effort into my studies, doing the best I could on and off the field. Earning a degree from Drake gives me a leg up in the Midwest and nationally just by the reputation of the institution. My hard work paid off and I was very proud of being an All-American. It is something that I can always look back on from my experience at Drake as well as my successes on the field.”
- Blake Siberz, a three-year starter who earned a degree in sociology from Drake in 2007. He works at Keck Parking in Des Moines as a special event coordinator.
Bulldogs Excel In Premier Developmental League
Drake Garners Ten All-MVC Performers in 2008
Making the most of their playing time with the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Developmental League this past summer was the quartet of Julien Edwards, Garrett Webb, Nick Foster and Hunter Kennedy, who helped the Menace claim the Heartland Division crown and advance to the second round of the PDL playoffs.
Ten Bulldogs earned All-MVC accolades last season, including five first team honorees. Pictured are front row (L-R): Calvin Clark, Matt Kuhn, Kevin Shrout, Nick Foster and Luke Gorczyca back row (L-R): Julien Edwards, Ryan Moylan, Michael Drozd, Hunter Kennedy and Garrett Webb.
A quartet of Drake players proved to be a valuable asset for the Des Moines Menace since the first game of the 2009 season, when Julien Edwards, Nick Foster and Hunter Kennedy, along with teammates Thomas Ostrander and Michael Thaden, helped the Menace to defeat the Rochester Thunder 2-1 in its Heartland Division opener. Ostrander scored the May 16 game-winner against the Real Colorado Foxes before leaving the team, along with injured Thaden, after the St. Louis Lions game on May 23. Two weeks later, Des Moines gained Garrett Webb and goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec, once again maxing out the number of Drake players allowed to play based on a United Soccer League rule that states a team can only have five players from one college on its active roster. Webb made his presence known, scoring the Menace’s first goal in his second game with the team — a 3-1 road win against the defending PDL champions, the Chill, on June 13. The 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-Midwest Region first-teamer followed that goal with the game-winning finish in the 85th minute at Rochester on June 28. Ten days later, it was Kennedy’s turn to put the game winner in the back of the net against the same team on the same field, this time in the 86th minute. In their July 11 match against the Springfield Demize at Valley Stadium, the Bulldog representatives showcased the talent that took them to Drake’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Webb and Edwards capitalized on corner kicks in the 50th and 84th minutes, and Kennedy followed up by placing one in during the 87th minute. The 4-0 victory secured the Menace’s ninth playoff berth Brian Wurst also had a success- in the franchise’s 16-year hisful campaign with the PDL’s Kan- tory. sas City Brass as he garnered AllCentral Conference accolades.
A school-record 10 Drake men’s soccer players were named to the MVC All-Conference squads last season. The Bulldogs had the most first-team selections with five, highlighted by repeat first-team choice Garrett Webb. Joining Webb on the first team was Julien Edwards, Matt Kuhn, Ryan Moylan and Kevin Shrout. Goalkeeper Michael Drozd and Luke Gorczyca were second-team selections. Getting honorable mention nods were Calvin Clark and Nick Foster. Rounding out the 10 selections was Hunter Kennedy, who was named to the All-Freshman squad, the seventh straight year the Bulldogs have placed someone on the All-Freshman Team. The Bulldogs also received the Valley’s Fair Play Award, which is given to the team with the fewest yellow cards during conference play. It marked the 17th consecutive year Drake has been represented on the MVC All-Conference team and 21st straight year Drake has had an all-conference selection. The 198890 teams were members of the Big Central Soccer Conference.
Five Named Preseason All-MVC As Drake Picked For Second In League Race
The Missouri Valley Conference released its 2009 Preseason Men’s Soccer Coaches Poll and the nationallyranked Drake program was tabbed to finish second, while placing a league-best five players on the preseason All-MVC squad. The Bulldogs, who return a conference-high 10 starters, garnered 27 points, including one first-place vote to outdistance Evansville (23 points), Missouri State (18 points, one first-place vote), Bradley (15 points) and Eastern Illinois (nine points). Creighton was selected as the preseason favorite to win the league crown with 34 points and four firstplace tallies. Drake senior defender Julien Edwards, senior midfielder Luke Gorczyca, junior midfielder Matt Kuhn, senior midfielder Kevin Shrout and senior forward Garrett Webb were among 14 players named by a vote of the six MVC head men’s soccer coaches to the All-MVC Preseason team.
Bulldog Soccer Academy
â€œThe Bulldog Soccer Academy camps are designed to challenge aspiring soccer players in a fun, competitive environment. At the end of every session we hope every camper has grown as a player and also learned to enjoy the game. We hope that in their time on campus they have developed a feeling and understanding of what college soccer is all about.â€? -Drake head soccer coach Sean Holmes
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