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2011 Preview: Local College Soccer Teams

The Menace’s next Premier Development League action may be more than eight months away, but the Des Moines area offers plenty of high-caliber soccer to watch in the fall.

With our local college teams diving into the 2011 season, we encourage soccer fans to show their support of the Bulldogs, Vikings, Cyclones and Storm. Here are the capsules for these nearby teams, and next week we’ll feature the city’s newest college soccer programs – the AIB (American Institute of Business) men and women, who open play next fall.

Drake University – Men
League: Missouri Valley Conference (NCAA Division I)
Head coach: Sean Holmes (14th season)
2010 record: 8-8-2 (4-2-1 league)
2011 outlook: Former Menace players abound on Drake’s roster, which includes eight starters from a year ago. Goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec, Hunter Kennedy, Matt Kuhn, Joe Lyons, Michael Noonan, Thomas Ostrander, David Parato and Jordan Stanley have played for the Menace PDL side; Jackson Teeling is a Menace Academy product. The Bulldogs’ upperclassmen were part of Drake’s 2009 Elite Eight squad, and they know what it takes to bring the program back to the national stage.
Key home date: Saturday, Oct. 1 vs. St. Louis. No team has won more D-I men’s soccer titles than the Billikens, who make their first-ever appearance in Des Moines. St. Louis, a member of the Atlantic-10 Conference, has won 10 national titles and appeared in a record 46 NCAA Tournaments. Drake gets a chance at payback at Cownie Soccer Park. Last fall, SLU scored in the final minute of overtime, edging Drake for a 1-0 Homecoming win. The Billikens knocked the Bulldogs from the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, scoring a goal with four seconds left in the second overtime of a 1-0 win.
Team website

Drake University – Women
League: Missouri Valley Conference (NCAA Division I)
Head coach: Lindsey Horner (fourth season)
2010 record: 10-6-3 (3-3-0 league)
2011 outlook: With eight starters returning, the Bulldogs look to build on their breakout 2010 season.
Key home date: Tuesday, Oct. 18 vs. Creighton. Defending MVC champion and 2011 favorite Creighton pays the Bulldogs a visit on “Menace Night,” when there will be discounted tickets available for Menace fans. We’ll do a similar promotion the following night, for the Drake men’s game against SIU-Edwardsville.
Team website

Grand View University – Men
League: Midwest Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
Head coach: Blair Reid (27th season), a former Menace head coach (1994-1997)
2010 record: 21-1-0 (8-0-0 league)
2011 outlook: Menace PDL alumni Luis Piffer and Jonny Macadam paved the Vikings’ way to the conference crown and the NAIA Elite Eight last year. They look to lead Grand View again this fall, after combining for 29 goals and 10 assists in 2010.
Key home date: Saturday, Sept. 17 vs. Hastings (Neb). The Vikings get a crack at the defending national champions at Cownie Soccer Park. The Broncos are No. 1 in the NAIA’s preseason rankings, after winning each of their 25 matches in 2010.
Grand View University – Women
League: Midwest Collegiate Conference (NAIA)
Head coach: Ventsi Stoimirov (14th season), a former Menace player
2010 record: 8-8-2 (5-3-0 league)
2011 outlook: The Vikings opened the season on the right foot, with a 2-1 come-from-behind win against No. 12 Graceland on Monday (Aug. 22).
Key home date: Sunday, Aug. 28 vs. Robert Morris (Ill.). Coming off an appearance in the 2010 NAIA Elite Eight, the Eagles are a perennial NAIA power.
Iowa State University – Women
League: Big 12 Conference (NCAA Division I)
Head coach: Wendy Dillinger (fourth season)
2010 record: 8-20-2 (3-7-0 league)
2011 outlook: The Cyclones have reason for optimism, with their top five point producers and all but one starter back for this season.
Key home date: Friday, Oct. 7 vs. Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls finished fifth in the final 2010 rankings, after falling in the NCAA Elite Eight to eventual champ Notre Dame. The Cyclones play their home matches at the ISU Soccer Complex in Ames.
Simpson College – Men
League: Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III)
Head coach: Rick Isaacson (first season)
2010 record: 5-12-0 (2-6-0 league)
2011 outlook: First-year head coach Isaacson looks to take Simpson back to the IIAC Tournament, after the 2010 Storm missed the postseason for the first time in 15 years.
Key home date: Wednesday, Sept. 14 vs. Grand View. The Storm welcomes the Vikings for the team’s first home action at the newly resurfaced Buxton Stadium in Indianola.
Simpson College – Women
League: Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III)
Head coach: Ryan Sander (third season)
2010 record: 7-10-1 (3-5-0 league)
2011 outlook: Leading the Storm is former Menace intern Nicole Dillenburg, a three-time all-conference first team selection who has 28 career goals.
Key home date: Saturday, Oct. 15 vs. Loras. The defending conference champions went 21-1-1 a year ago, advancing to the third round of the national tournament. The Duhawks are ranked eighth nationally in the preseason poll.






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