It's the big ten - years, not conference - for the Drury women's and men's soccer teams. On Dec. 21, 1990, Drury announced it was adding soccer to the athletic program. Coach John Senkosky is the father of Panther soccer, and has led the program through an eventful 10 years. Even before the Panthers played their first game, Drury announced it was moving from the NAIA to the NCAA. Today both teams play in NCAA Division I, the men as an independent team and the women as part of the Missouri Valley Conference. Both teams have a core of young players committed to helping Drury gain national attention and compete in postseason tournaments. Three years of experience at the NCAA Division I level has laid the foundation to face future challenges.
2000 coach Anne Cook was the third women's soccer coach at Drury, succeeding Joanne Wolfe and Rick Burns. Drury is on the hunt for coach number four: Cook was the 25th pick in the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) draft. She will play on the same team as World Cup champion Brandi Chastain.
Senior Kasey Boggs was a 2000 Midwest Regional Academic All-American. Three players on the 2000 women's team were honored by the Missouri Valley Conference. Senior Stacy Dillard was a first-team Academic All-Conference player, while senior Sarah Reichert and sophomore Carrie Wright were honorable mentions. In 1999, Jeni Porter, Stacy Dillard, Becky Lins and Shannon Miller were All-Conference Academic Team selections. The 1999 men's team contributed three players to the Soccer Coaches All-Region Academic All-American Team: Brian Gibbs, Matt McClean and Ben Moosavi.
In the fall 2000 season, the men's team posted a nine-win, nine-loss record which included victories over the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, Western Illinois University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI went on to the NCAA Division I tournament. In 1999, the team played in the Western Athletic Conference, scoring a memorable victory over then-fifth-ranked Davidson. Since its first game in Sept. 1991 the men's team record is 92-92-5. The women's team finished the 2000 campaign with a six-win, 12-loss, one-tie record which included Missouri Valley Conference wins over Evansville, Indiana State and Southwest Missouri State University and a double-overtime loss at Creighton. The women's career record is 87-90-6. Stacy Dillard and Jody Palazzolo were All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team selections; Anne Beard was an honorable mention. Palazzolo was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team.