Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Preview Smith’s overtime game-winner came in the 93rd (93:35) minute off a corner kick by Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa). Hurt sent a high ball into the box that Smith was able to head in past the Illinois State’s (9-7-2, 3-3-0 MVC) goalkeeper, Haley Smith. It is the second career goal for Smith, who earlier this season tallied her first. NORMAL, Ill. – Senior Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team scored a golden goal in a 3-2 comeback victory over Illinois State in Missouri Valley Conference overtime action on Sunday afternoon in rainy conditions in Normal, Ill. Junior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) scored the other two goals for Drake (12-3-2, 5-0-1 MVC), which clinched its second MVC regular season title in three seasons and its third overall. “I am incredibly pleased for the squad,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Illinois State is a talented team so this road win is not only huge in that it clenched us the number one seed, but it was another productive step in our development. Alyssa has been chasing that elusive first goal of the season, and she has such a positive mentality and is always battling that we knew she would find the back of the net when it mattered. Ali continues to find ways to help us win games. She’s has a winner’s mentality, is the rock of our backline, has earned more assists this year, and today’s game winner summarizes her impact to our program. When we went down 2-1, I heard our players on the field as we were regrouping and knew we had the equalizer in us. There was absolutely a sense of let’s stick to our plan and stay positive.” Following Sunday’s match, the Bulldogs will close the regular season against Loyola on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Prior the match, Drake will honor its 2017 senior class of Hurt, Morris, Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.), Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.), Smith, Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) and Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind.). the contest against the Ramblers will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Watch Live The Valley on ESPN3 Drake jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 25th minute (25:15) with Brand’s first goal of the season. Sophomore Annie Schmitz (St. Louis, Mo.) sent a cross that Brand dove for and headed in the back of the net. The game remained 1-0 until Kelli Zickert of Illinois State scored on a deep shot from 30 yards out in the 68th minute (68:14), capitalizing on the heavy rain and strong wind in the face of Bulldog goalkeeper Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) as the ball snuck by Morris. The Redbirds grabbed the lead just over three minutes later as Kate Del Fava got a foot on a free kick by Emily Dickman and beat Morris far post. However, Drake regrouped and evened the match at 2-2 as Brand once again dove for a cross and headed it in the net, this time the cross came courtesy of junior Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.). Next Game: “This championship is important to our players, but we are very much focused on doing well in Springfield at the MVC Tournament Championship as our ultimate goal,” Horner said. “Our seven seniors have been so critical to our success, and we would love to be able to honor them on Thursday in front of a strong home crowd, with a performance against a Loyola side that is still battling for seeding.” Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs will be the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, Nov. 3-5, in Springfield, Mo., where they will play in the semifinals on Nov. 3 against the winner of No. 3 vs. No. 6. Drake will wait to find out its opponent for the MVC Tournament as quarterfinal games will be played at campus sites on Oct 29. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Loyola 10/26/2017 – 4 p.m.