The Bulldogs continued their season-long scoring struggles last Thursday. Drake went on the road and outshot Missouri-Kansas City 17-8, but could never open up the scoreboard as the teams played to a scoreless draw.
Drake has now gone three games without scoring and has not scored a goal in 321 minutes.
With the tie, the Bulldogs now own a 2-3-2 record.
“We did a very good job of keeping the ball on the ground and making UMKC chase the game,” head coach Lindsey Horner said in a Drake athletics press release.
Drake controlled the game from the start, earning a 6-3 shot advantage over UMKC in the first half. Despite senior Danielle Figliola and sophomore Brittany Schuling creating opportunities up top, the Bulldogs headed into the break with a scoreless tie.
“From box-to-box we were dominant with Brittany (Schuling) running the show for us and Danielle (Figliola) helping us keep the ball,” Horner said. “We just can’t get a goal, but I’m confident in our team that goals will come.”
The Bulldogs continued to pressure the Kangaroos in the second half, outshooting their opponent 8-3. But Drake could not open up the deadlock.
In the two overtime periods, Drake outshot UMKC 3-1 and failed to score once again.
The result marked four games in a row without a win for the Bulldogs, who also recorded their second tie of the year.
“We certainly created plenty of chances to win the game,” Horner said. “This felt like one of those nights where if we’d put one away early, we could have scored a couple.”
Junior Laura Moklestad led the Drake attack with five shots. Junior Tara Zika also contributed four shots.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kalena Litch continued her terrific play this season. Litch recorded her first shutout of the year and hauled in four saves for the Bulldogs.
This weekend the Bulldogs will hit the road once again. On Friday, Drake will square off against Wyoming and will then take on Northern Colorado on Sunday. The team travels to North Dakota State on Sept. 22 before the Missouri Valley Conference season begins.