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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. Drake played seven matches in Drake Stadium in 2007 and twice in 2008. Drake Stadium underwent a $15 million renovation that was finished prior to the 2006 Drake Relays. The recessed infield was raised to ground level and replaced with a synthetic Field Turf surface. Drake Stadium features a seating capacity of 14,557, a video scoreboard and a state of the art press box which allows the Drake athletics department to video stream home events via the internet.

The Cownie Soccer Complex will host six Drake women’s soccer games this season, including an in-state showdown with Iowa on Sept. 30.

The Bulldogs will host three opponents in historic Drake Stadium this fall, including dates with Kansas, an 2008 NCAA Tournament participant and in-state rival Iowa State on Aug. 23 and Sept. 20, respectively.


Bulldog Soccer Academy

Bulldog Soccer Academy hosted at Drake University

Each summer the Bulldog Soccer Academy hosts the Girls Premier Residential camp. This camp provides a competitive and challenging environment for players who want to play college soccer. There are technical sessions and plenty of small-sided competitions and tournaments. Players get a glimpse of what collegiate soccer looks and feels like at Drake. Additionally The Bulldog Soccer Academy also hosts numerous day and evening camps at Drake University. Check out the website for more details.

For more information about The Bulldogs Soccer Academy call (515) 271-GOAL or email head coach Lindsey Horner at:


Compassion In Action

Drake women’s soccer players (clockwise from top) Crystal Townley, Lindsey Johnston, Lauren Berner and Karissa Brown volunteered their time at the Des Moines Ronald McDonald House.

Drake sophomore Kourtney Brown helped clean a house for the Lutheran Refugee Services.

The Drake women’s soccer team participated in four different Compassion In Action (CIA) events, organized by members of the team. The student-athletes played a key role in Drake’s Hoops 4 Hope women’s basketball game last season versus Evansville as the squad helped distribute free pink t-shirts to all fans in attendance to help raise Breast Cancer awareness. The team also volunteered their time to work with Lutheran Refugee Services to help clean up and prepare housing for incoming refugees. In addition to hosting several clinics at the Boys and Girls Club of Des Moines, the Bulldogs offered their time to assist in cleaning at the Ronald McDonald House.

“Compassion in Action has provided our players and staff with an opportunity to give back to the community through various projects both on and off campus. Our student-athletes have been able to broaden their perspective, interact with the Des Moines community, and gain invaluable life experiences that can’t be replicated in the classroom or on the field.” - Drake head coach Lindsey Horner

Drake women’s soccer players helped encourage and foster the development of the game of soccer at a clinic in Altoona, Iowa.

The Bulldogs played a key role in the success of Drake’s Hoops 4 Hope women’s basketball game last season to raise Breast Cancer Awareness.

Drake women’s soccer player Elizabeth Woerle shown here after members of the Bulldogs spent time working with students at Walnut Street Elementary School in Des Moines.