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Fisher And Litch Tabbed To Preseason All-MVC Women's Soccer Team

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: August 15, 2012
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Drake junior defender Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) were among 11 players tabbed by a vote of the seven Missouri Valley Conference head women's soccer coaches as All-MVC Preseason first-team selections, the league announced on Wednesday (Aug. 15).

Fisher started all 19 games as a sophomore, helping anchor a Drake defensive unit that registered two shutouts.  She was tabbed to the All-MVC first team in 2011 after garnering second team and All-Newcomer squad status as a freshman.  She ranked third on the team in goals (2), while adding 12 shots, including five on net from her defender's slot.

Litch was named to the first team after a sophomore campaign in which she registered a school record and conference-best 132 saves en route to second-team All-MVC honors.

As a team, Drake was picked to finish fifth in the MVC Coaches Preseason poll with 20 points.  Pegged ahead of the Bulldogs are Northern Iowa (25 points), Creighton (32 points), Missouri State (43 points) and league favorite Illinois State (47 points).  Rounding out the poll was Indiana State (16 points) and Evansville (14 points).

The Bulldogs open their regular season on Friday (Aug. 17) hosting Northern Illinois at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Team (Total Points)

1. Illinois State (5) (47 points)

2. Missouri State (1) (43 points)

3. Creighton (32 points)

4. Northern Iowa (1) (25 points)

5. Drake (20 points)

6. Indiana State (16 points)

7. Evansville (14 points)

(#) first-place votes

2012 MVC Women's Soccer Preseason Team

Kristin Cooley, Illinois State                  

Sam Copley, UNI                                           

Grace Cross, Missouri State          

Megan Fisher, Drake                                   

Kelsey Fouch, Missouri State               

Kalena Litch, Drake                                    

Brittney Neumann, Creighton            

Anna Stinson, Illinois State                   

Rachel Tejada, Illinois State                   

Stephanie Thompson, Evansville

Nia Williams, Missouri State                 

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