Hawkeyes To Host Illinois, Northwestern

Sept. 22, 2003

This Week
This weekend the Iowa soccer team will returns home for a Big Ten Conference showdown with Illinois and Northwestern.

The Hawkeyes will face the Fighting Illini on Friday night under the lights at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Iowa hosts the Wildcats at 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Last Week
The Hawkeyes tied No. 12/24 Ohio State, 1-1, on Friday and fell to No. 9/11 Penn State (4-0) on Sunday.

In Columbus, the Buckeyes got on the board early in the contest, but the Hawkeyes scored with a little more that two minutes remaining in the game.

Sophomore Katelyn Quinn received the ball on an assist from freshmen Danielle Oswald and Brianna Damstetter to score Iowa’s lone goal.

In overtime neither team could manage anything offensively, ending the game in a 1-1 tie. Junior Britta Vogele stopped five shots in the contest.

On Sunday, Penn State got on the board in the first period at the 19:11 mark and added three more goals in the second half to defeat the Hawkeyes 4-0.

Vogele stopped 15 shots in the contest, which ties her school record.

Home Sweet Home
The Iowa soccer team returns home to the Iowa Soccer Complex for the first time since the opening game of the season on Aug. 29 vs. Missouri.

The Hawkeyes are 0-1 at home this season. However, in the six year history, Iowa is 31-18-2 at home. The Hawkeyes are 5-4-1 in ten games played at the Iowa Soccer Complex since it opened last season.

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 NSCAA/Adidas poll on Sept. 22, three of Iowa’s opponents, Ohio State (11th), Penn State (13) and Purdue (24), are ranked in the top-25. Nebraska and Rutgers are receiving votes.

Karniski Twins Return To Iowa City
Sophomores Christen and Natasha Karniski return to their high school stomping grounds when they return to Iowa City on Friday night.

The twins played for Iowa City West High School and were teammates of current Hawkeye Avery Bang.

Vogele Leads Big Ten In Saves; Quinn Among Conference Best Offensively
Junior goalkeeper Britta Vogele his running away with the conference lead in saves with 70. Vogele also is tops in the standings in saves per game, averaging ten a contest. In contrast, Michigan State’s Stacy Heller is second in saves with 35.

Sophomore Katelyn Quinn is among the offensive leaders in the Big Ten Conference. Quinn ranks in the top-seven in five offensive categories. Quinn ranks second in shots (30), tied for second in goals (5) and shots per game (3.75), tied for third in goals per game (.62) and seventh in points (10).

Vogele Continues To Add To Her Totals
Junior Britta Vogele entered the 2003 season with 237 career saves. In just seven games in the net this season, Vogele has already stopped 70 shots, catapulting her career total to 307.

In addition to topping the career saves records, Vogele also leads the Hawkeyes with 13 career shutouts and 20 career wins.

Against Penn State, Vogele stopped 15 shots to tie her school record for most saves in the match. Coincidently, Vogele tied the record last season versus Penn State when she recorded 15 saves.

Damstetter Records First Career Point
Freshman walk-on Brianna Damstetter teamed up with freshman Danielle Oswald in assisting sophomore Katelyn Quinn for the game-tying goal against Ohio State last weekend.

Damstetter, a defender from Ankeny, IA, became the eighth different Hawkeye to score a point this season. It was only Damstetter’s fourth appearance in a game for Iowa.

Quinn/Oswald Lead Team Offensively
Sophomore Katelyn Quinn added to her team lead in goals last weekend versus Ohio State. Quinn scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season with a little more than three minutes remaining to send the game into overtime.

Freshmen Brianna Damstetter and Danielle Oswald assisted Quinn for the goal. Quinn also leads the team with ten points and 30 shots on the season.

Oswald’s assist was her second assist of the season. She now has two goals on nine shots and six points. Oswald is tied for the team lead in assists with junior Kitty Montgomery.

Quinn Honored Nationally
Following Iowa’s championship at the Kentucky Invitational, sophomore Katelyn Quinn was honored by Soccer Buzz and Soccer America being named to their Elite Teams of the Week for Sept. 15.

Quinn scored an unassisted goal in the 2-1 win over Rutgers and scored the golden goal in the 2-1 overtime victory of No. 12 BYU.

Quinn now has 16 goals in her career and 37 career points, which ranks fifth in Iowa history.

Scouting Illinois
The Hawkeyes and Fighting Illini have split eight games in the series. Last year, Iowa defeated Illinois 2-0 at the Iowa Soccer Complex behind goals by Sarah Lynch and Katelyn Quinn.

Last weekend, Illinois opened up the Big Ten season with a scoreless tie with Michigan and a win over No. 20 Michigan State, 1-0. The Fighting Illini enter the contest with a 5-2-1 overall record.

Offensively, Illinois has scored 13 goals and has recorded 13 assists. Of the 13 goals, seven different players have scored at least one goal. Junior forward Tara Hurless, a second team all-Big Ten selection in 2002, leads the team with four goals on 27 shots and one assist. Freshman Jessica Bayne is second on the team with three goals and one assist.

Junior Leisha Alcia has been the mainstay in the net for the Illini. Alcia has allowed only four goals on the season, while recording 21 saves. Alcia has four consecutive shutouts heading into this weekend’s play.

Illinois is led by second-year Head Coach Janet Rayfield.

Scouting Northwestern
Iowa and Northwestern are tied 3-3 in six games in the series. Last year the Wildcats came to Iowa City and defeateted the Hawkeyes 1-0.

Northwestern comes to town with a 4-3-0 overall record and a 1-1-0 record in the conference. The Wildcats fell to Michigan State, 3-0, last Friday, but rebounded to defeat Michigan 1-0 on Sunday.

True freshman Kate Wright leads the Wildcats with three goals on 7 shots and two assists. Junior Ashleigh Garmon, who scored the game-winning goal last year versus the Hawkeyes, is second on the team with two goals on five shots.

Another freshman holds down the net for Northwestern. Whitney Jones has stopped 23 shots, while allowing ten goals. Jones has compiled a 4-3-0 record with three shutouts.

Northwestern is led by third-year Head Coach Jenny Haigh

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
“If you look at the big picture, taking a trip to two nationally ranked schools in the first week of conference play is a tough task. I think it was good for us to come away with one point.

Illinois is a talented team. They are very athletic, but I believe that we match up well with them.

Northwestern is a tough team as well. We remember last year because we felt like we were the better team, but they capitalized on their opportunities and came away with the win.

This week it will be good playing at home. It will help the student athletes because they get to sleep in their own beds and have a whole week of classes.

The experience of the last four weeks has helped the team. Every team we have played against really challenged us and the experiences will be beneficial to our program.

Overall, we have to put together two back-to-back performances. Which ever team shows up ready to play will be successful.”

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