Women’s Soccer Picked Fourth in 2018 MVC Preseason Poll

first_imgThe Bulldogs placed two student-athletes on the preseason all-conference team in Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) and senior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.). Bormann was named the 2017 MVC Freshman of the Year and is the team’s top returning scorer with three goals in her first season. Brand is a three-time All-MVC selection, who scored two goals and was tied for the team lead with Bormann in assists with four last season. Drake, which was selected second in the 2017 preseason poll but captured its sixth MVC regular season title, tallied 45 points in the 2018 poll. Loyola was tabbed this season’s favorite with 60 points, including earning five first place votes. Missouri State and UNI round out the top four with 50 and 46 points, respectively. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University women’s soccer team has been picked fourth in the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference women’s soccer preseason coaches poll, the MVC office announced Monday, Aug. 13. Drake opens the regular season in Missoula, Mont., for the Montana Cup, Aug. 17 and 19, where it will face San Francisco (Aug. 17) and Fresno State (Aug. 19).  Rank      Team (1st-place votes) – Points1.            Loyola (5) – 602.            Missouri State (2) – 513.            UNI (1) – 464.            Drake – 455.            Illinois State – 386.            Valparaiso – 247.            Evansville – 158.            Indiana State – 10Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton laments Mercedes handling after disastrous Chinese Grand Prix

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s Mercedes handled less like a finely-honed racing car and more like a “four-poster bed” after the world champion damaged it in a first-corner collision in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. (Nico Rosberg races to victory in Chinese Grand Prix)”It was like a four-poster bed today,” Hamilton, who started last and put in a feisty drive to battle his way up to seventh, told reporters.”The car was pretty damaged. I don’t know really what, I’m sure it was some aero components. But I think the suspension was damaged as well so the car was flexing like crazy.”Hamilton, who went into the weekend aiming to kick-start his title defence with a third successive win in Shanghai, was forced to start from the back of the grid after failing to set a time in Saturday’s qualifying session due problems with his Mercedes engine.He made a good start but collided with Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, dislodging his front wing which then got wedged underneath the car, damaging its floor and affecting its handling.The Briton used good old-fashioned racing nous to work his way to as high as third at one stage, but because of the damage, his car chewed through its tyres and his challenge faded.”Every time I did a stop I was having to come back through again and I wasn’t really gaining a lot of ground,” Hamilton, who stopped five times during Sunday’s race, said.”At the end there was nothing left in the tyres, but anyway that’s racing and not a great finish for us this weekend but hopefully onwards and upwards.”advertisementHamilton’s team boss Toto Wolff said that without the damage, which cost him a “huge amount of downforce,” Hamilton could have been on for a podium finish.”The best case would have been a podium, probably fourth was realistic case if you’re able to get through the race without any damage,” Wolff said.”Obviously he was so much down on aero that the car must have felt very, very difficult to drive.”Hamilton last mounted the top step of the podium at the U.S. Grand Prix in October, where he also clinched his third world title.He arrived in China hoping to turn the tables on team mate Nico Rosberg, who has won the last six races, including the opening three of the season.Instead, he leaves trailing the German by 36 points in the standings.last_img read more