|Men's Soccer » 2009 State Farm MVC Men's Soccer Championship||News | Schedule | Championship|
Drake's Kevin Shrout provided the game-winning goal, a shot off a free kick deflected off an Evansville defender, to lift the Bulldogs to their first-ever State Farm MVC Championship. The unassisted goal was Shrout's third of the season, coming in the 63rd minute, breaking the 1-1 tie to give Drake some breathing room. Drake was out-shot by the Purple Aces, 23-12, but the Bulldogs found the back of the net once more. Drake goalkeeper Michael Drozd recorded 11 saves to earn the victory for the Bulldogs. Drake will represent the MVC in the NCAA Championship, with pairings announced on Monday (4:30 p.m. CST on ESPNews).
Sunday's match marked the third meeting in tournament play between Drake and Evansville, with the Bulldogs now leading the series, 3-0. The win improved the Bulldogs' record to 13-6-2, which ties for the most wins in a season at Drake. The victory also marked head coach Sean Holmes 100th win at the helm of the Bulldogs.
FRIDAY (NOV. 13) -- Evansville upset top-seeded and No. 19 Missouri State, 2-1 (OT), in the opening semifinal game Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. Purple Aces' senior Tom Irvin scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season to give Evansville the win. Irvin's goal came with just 55-seconds remaining in overtime off an assist by teammate Robby Lynch, his sixth of the season. Irvin's shot came from the left box and was sent through the lower left of the goal, just past the reach of an outstretched Missouri State goalkeeper, Alex Riggs. The Purple Aces (12-7-1) avenged two previous regular-season losses to Missouri State, both 1-0 decisions, while the goal gave Irvin a team-best 20 points on the season. Irvin is Evansville's career leader in points scored with 53, and is second all-time in goals scored. (14). The Evansville offense out-shot Missouri State, 22-13, including an 11-4 advantage in the first-half and a 4-0 advantage in overtime.
In the second semifinal match, senior Garrett Webb scored a pair of goals to lift Drake to its first-ever State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship title match with a 3-1 victory over Creighton. The win was the first in six tournament encounters with the Bluejays and propelled the Bulldogs to 12-6-2 overall. Webb gave Drake the early 1-0 lead as his header off a play from the corner of the box by junior Nick Foster resulted in his 10th tally of the year at the 39:34 mark. The Bluejays answered back in the 45th minute (44:23) behind Ethan Finlay's eighth goal of the season, sending the contest into the intermission at a 1-1 tie. The momentum swung back in favor of the Bulldogs at the 48:31 mark when senior Luke Gorczyca knocked in a header off a free kick from the corner of the box by senior Kevin Shrout to give Drake a 2-1 advantage. Webb then completed his third consecutive multiple-goal match with an end-to-end sequence that resulted in his team-leading 11th tally of the campaign in the 64th minute (63:32). The play was set-up by a brilliant defensive play by senior Brian Wurst, who rejected the Creighton offensive attack deep in the Drake end and then drove the ball up the sideline before slicing a feed into redshirt sophomore Michael Noonan who sent a touch pass to Webb for the goal.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION -- The 2009 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Championship will take place November 13 and 15, at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park, hosted by Drake University. Drake is hosting the championship for the first time in program history. Creighton won the 2008 State Farm MVC Men's Soccer Championship, blanking third seed Missouri State, 1-0, winning its 11th MVC Tournament title. Creighton went on to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, while Drake fell in the first round to Saint Louis.
Fans can follow the action at the 2009 State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship online with live stats and streaming, pay-per-view video streams.
NCAA TOURNAMENT -- The winner of the championship earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. Pairings for the NCAA Championship (48 teams) will be announced Monday, Nov. 16.