Hawkeyes To Play at Ohio State and Penn State

Sept. 15, 2003

This Week
This weekend, the Hawkeyes opens up Big Ten Conference play on the road against Ohio State and Penn State.

On Friday, the Hawkeyes will travel to Columbus, OH, to take on the No. 11/24 Buckeyes at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Iowa will travel farther east for a clash with No. 9/11 Penn State at Jeffrey Field beginning at noon. Both times listed are central time.

Last Week
The Iowa soccer team came away with a sweep and evened its record at 3-3 after winning the Kentucky Invitational.

In the opening game, the Hawkeyes defeated Rutgers, 2-1. Sophomore Katelyn Quinn started the scoring for the Hawkeyes as she recorded an unassisted goal in the game’s 18th minute.

Rutgers knotted things up about four minutes later and the scoreboard was tied at one heading into halftime.

In the second half, freshman Lindsey Phillips put Iowa on top 2-1 on a breakaway goal. Junior Kitty Montgomery was credited with the assist.

Sophomore Brooke Peterson registered three saves in the contest to pick up her first career win.

On Saturday, Iowa fell behind 2-0 early before fighting back to defeat No. 12 BYU, 3-2 to claim the championship.

Sophomore Natalie Lencioni scored her first career goal to get the Hawkeyes on the board. Freshman Danielle Oswald tied the game at the 56 minute mark to send the game into overtime.

Quinn scored two minutes into overtime after receiving a pass from Montgomery and Phillips to give the Hawkeyes the 3-2 win.

Junior Britta Vogele recorded 11 saves in the contest to record her second win of the season.

Montgomery, Peterson, Phillips and Quinn were all named to the all-tournament team.

Opponents in the Rankings
The Hawkeyes are slated to face a challenging schedule in 2003 as 10 of their 18 opponents were in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

In the Soccer Buzz poll on Sept. 15, three of Iowa’s opponents were ranked in the top-25 (Penn State, 7, Michigan State, 20, Ohio State, 24), while Purdue received votes.

In the NSCAA/Adidas poll, Penn State and Ohio State are ranked 11th and 12th, respectively. Michigan State, Nebraska and BYU all received votes.

After last weekend’s performance, the Hawkeyes moved into the regional rankings. Soccer Buzz ranks Iowa as tenth in the Great Lakes region.

Vogele, Quinn Among Big Ten Leaders
Sophomore Katelyn Quinn is ranked in the top ten in six statistical categories in the Big Ten. Quinn ranks third in shots (22), tied for 3rd in goals (4), tied for fourth in shots per game (3.67) and goals per game (.67), tied for fifth in game-winning goals (1) and seventh in points (8).

Junior Britta Vogele leads the conference with 50 saves and saves per game (10.0). In contrast, Michigan State’s Stacy Heller is second in the conference with 22 saves.

Iowa Against Conference Opponents
The Iowa soccer team has a overall record of 60-57-3 heading into this weekend’s games. Against non-conference foes, Iowa has a 38-24-1 record, but once the Hawkeyes enter play in the rugged Big Ten Conference things become a little more difficult.

In Big Ten play since 1997, Iowa has a 22-33-3 record. The Hawkeyes have had a winning record in conference play just once (1999/7-3-0), while finishing with an even .500 record on one other occassion (2000/5-5-0).

Last season, the Hawkeyes finished with a 3-6-1 record and narrowly missed the Big Ten Tournament.

Defense Key To Iowa’s Success
The key to the Iowa soccer team is defense. In six games in 2003, Iowa has been out shot 132-54 and the opponents hold the advantage in corner kicks 52-19.

The Iowa defense struggled out of the gates as it allowed six goals in the first two games of the season. However, in the last four games, the Hawkeyes have allowed five goals to go 3-1 and even its record at 3-3-0.

Peterson Shines; Vogele Returns
Sophomore Brooke Peterson made the most of her opportunity as she was named to the all-tournament team at the Kentucky Invitational. Peterson, making her first career start, stopped three shots in the Hawkeyes’ 2-1 win over Rutgers.

Junior Britta Vogele returned to the net vs. BYU after missing the Rutgers game due to receiving a red card against Creighton. Vogele stopped eleven shots in the contest, bumping her career total up to 287.

Underclassmen Lead Offensive Surge
The Iowa soccer team has scored ten goals this season. Five different Hawkeyes have added to the offensive surge- all underclassmen.

Sophomore Katelyn Quinn leads the team with four goals on the season. Quinn’s fourth goal propelled Iowa to a victory over BYU in overtime. It was Quinn’s first game-winning goal of 2003.

True freshmen, Lindsey Phillips, Danielle Oswald, Karen Enockson and Julie Hickman have all contributed to the Hawkeyes’ success in the offensive column this season.

Phillips and Oswald are tied for second on the team with seven points (two goals-one assist). Enockson has accounted for a goal and an assist for the Hawkeyes, while Hickman has tallied an assist.

Sophomore Natalie Lencioni became the latest Hawkeye to score a goal last weekend against BYU. The goal was Lencioni’s first of her career.

Scouting Ohio State
The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes have split in six games against each other. Last season, Iowa snapped Ohio State’s two-game winning streak when it won, 3-1, in Columbus.

The Buckeyes, who won the 2002 Big Ten Tournament, enter the game with a perfect 5-0 record. Last weekend, Ohio State beat Cincinnati, 2-0, and Coastal, 3-1 to remain undefeated.

The Buckeyes have scored 14 goals on the season and have tallied 18 assists. Sophomore Colleen Hoban is the team’s leading goal scorer with four, while junior Emily Gilbert leads Ohio State with eight points (two goals, four assists).

Four goalkeepers have logged minutes in the net for Ohio State. Freshman Staci Sinkway leads the team with 180 minutes and 15 saves. Juniors Emily Hayman and Jen Heaney have also seen significant minutes stopping nine and four shots, respectively.

Ohio State is led by seventh-year Head Coach Lori Walker, who led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history last season.

Scouting Penn State
The Nittany Lions hold a 6-0 mark over the Hawkeyes. Last year, Penn State defeated the Hawkeyes, 4-2, at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State enters this weekend with a 4-1-1 overall record after defeating USC and Santa Clara last weekend. In 2002, the Nittany Lions advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tourament before falling to eventual champion, Portland. This week, Penn State will play Bucknell and Rutgers prior to playing Iowa.

The Nittany Lions are led by all-American Johanna Lohman. Lohman has scored six goals and tallied one assist this season on 32 shots and is on the Hermann Trophy watch list. Tiffany Weimer, the 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is second on the team after scoring three goals and three assists this season.

In the net for the Nittany Lions is sophomore Amanda Brown, a Big Ten all-freshman team selection last season. Brown has started all six games for Penn State, allowing eight goals and saving 18 shots. Brown boasts a 1.29 goals against average.

Penn State is led by third-year Head Coach Paula Wilkens. In leading the Nittany Lions to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, Wilkens became the first person in College Cup history to play as both a player and coach.

Head Coach Carla Baker
Carla Baker is in her second year as head coach of the Hawkeyes.

Last season, Baker led the Hawkeyes to an 11-7-1 record and three of her players were honored with post season recognition by the Big Ten Conference. In addition to the individual honors, the team was awarded the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

Before moving to Iowa, Baker owned her own soccer consulting company in Dallas, TX, and served on staff as a goalkeeper coach at all levels for the United States Soccer Federation youth national teams, U14-U21.

Prior to moving to Dallas, Baker served as an assistant on the Division I level for eight years at the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.

While at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish won the National Championship in 1995 and made four consecutive NCAA Final Four Appearances.

Baker’s playing experiences include 12 years on the Canadian National Team. She was the starting goalkeeper at the 1995 Women’s World Cup Championships held in Sweden.

Baker also played three years (1987-90) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990. She was named to the 1987 all-Canadian Team while with the Marauders.

Filling out Baker’s staff is second-year assistant coach Mark Plakorus and first-year assistant Mike Brewer.

Quoting Head Coach Carla Baker
“We are excited to head into Big Ten Conference play after winning the Kentucky Invitational.

Ohio State is going to be a tough game, but we are excited to play. We will need to be disciplined defensively, which was the key to defeating Rutgers and BYU last weekend.

Versus the Buckeyes, we have to battle because they are a physical and athletic team. We have to counter by being organized and take advantage of our opporunities.

Looking at Penn State, we have to give them respect as they are coming off a Final Four appearance. They have some good athletes and are a solid team.

We have to continue to be organized and if we can capitalize early, we’ll have a chance to make the game competitive.”

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