Bulldog Top 10 Of 2015-16: No. 2 – Women’s Soccer Wins MVC Title

first_imgLater in the second period, Rodgers secured her second multiple-goal game of the season at the 57-minute mark (57:04). Drake capitalized on a turnover by Missouri State as sophomore defender Ali Smith stole the ball and passed it to Rodgers who got behind the Bears’ defense as she chipped a shot over the head of Missouri State goalie Jessica Perry to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. The No. 2 moment of 2015-16 comes from the women’s soccer team on Oct. 24 when the Bulldogs clinched the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with its 2-0 win at Missouri State on Saturday afternoon. Junior midfielder Rebecca Rodgers scored a pair of goals for Drake as the Bulldogs won their first MVC regular season title since the 2006 season. “Kayla and Becca (Rodgers) didn’t have loads of opportunities, but they were clearly impact players for us,” Horner said. “Becca is a game changer as we’ve won every league game she’s scored in.” Smith earned her second assist of the season on the goal as Rodgers has a conference-leading nine goals. Rodgers has scored 26 career goals, which ranks tied for second in program history with former standout Sara Foote (2004-07). Andrea Schmitz (2002-5) has the top mark with 32 career goals. The 2015-16 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2016-17, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 throughout the months of July and August. Bulldog Top 10 of 2015-16No. 10 – McCann Wins Drake Relays TitleNo. 9 – Women’s Golf Wins Creighton ClassicNo. 8 – Football Beats Rival DaytonNo. 7 – Newman Named MVC Pitcher Of The YearNo. 6 – Men’s Tennis Beats No. 26 OregonNo. 5 – Drake Earns MVC All-Academic Award For The Second Straight YearNo. 4 – Drake Breaks Ground On Rowing’s Bright-Beckwith BoathouseNo. 3 – Women’s Basketball’s Earns NIT Win Over Sacred HeartNo. 2 – Women’s Soccer Wins MVC Title Print Friendly Version Check back on Aug. 4 as the No. 1 moment of 2015-16 is unveiled.center_img “I’m so impressed with our players and staff,” said head coach Lindsey Horner. “Our squad was prepared to play on the road and coming off of a frustrating performance. Everyone filled their role today and did so at a high level. Our midfield got better as the game went on and our backs dealt with their attack quite well even when they threw numbers forward at the end.” Rodgers scored her first goal at the 35-minute mark (35:12) in the first half with a header off a corner kick by junior midfielder Kayla Armstrong. Armstrong has a team-high four assists. “We had a trying start to our season, but our players gained knowledge and experience that helped us go undefeated in the league and for that I give them a lot of credit,” Horner said of her team. “It could have been easy to lose belief when we fell short but the chemistry and make up of our team got stronger. We look forward to getting some rest and then preparing for the MVC Tournament.” Drake and Missouri State finished with five shots and four shots, respectively in the first half. Bulldog junior goalie Brooke Dennis tallied two saves in the half. Dennis finished with six key saves in the second half and eight in the contest as the Drake defense secured its second shutout of the year.last_img read more