Hawkeyes To Host UNI In Season Finale

Oct. 27, 2003

This Week
The Iowa soccer team will close out the 2003 season on Friday against in-state rival Northern Iowa. The game will be played under the lights beginning at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Admission is free.

Prior to the game, the Hawkeyes will honor seniors Nicole Gatens, Teesa Price and Courtney Wilkerson, with a short ceremony along with their parents.

Last Week
Iowa lost 3-1 to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on a cold, wet night at the Iowa Soccer Complex last Friday.

The game was even in the first half until the Panthers broke the tie in the game’s 40th minute. Wisconsin-Milwaukee added another goal with 36 seconds remaining in the half to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.

Iowa cut the lead in half around 10 minutes into the second half. Sophomore Katelyn Quinn notched the Hawkeye goal on an assist by freshman Lindsey Phillips.

The Panthers added an insurance goal at the 64:40 mark to stretch its lead to 3-1.

The Hawkeyes outshot the Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 13-6, in the game. Junior Britta Vogele and sophomore Brooke Peterson split time in the net for the Hawkeyes.

Opponents in the Rankings
In the Soccer Buzz rankings on Oct. 27, four of Iowa’s opponents, Penn State (5), Illinois (12), Ohio State (16) Purdue (19) are ranked in the top-25. Nebraska is receiving votes in the poll.

Adding To Her Totals
Sophomore forward Katelyn Quinn added to her team lead in goals scored on Friday night against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, notching her team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Quinn scored the goal on an assist from freshman Lindsey Phillips. She now has scored eight goals on 66 shots for the season.

For her career, Quinn ranks third in shots (129) and is fourth in goals (19) and game-winning goals (6) and fifth in career points (43).

Freshmen Danielle Oswald and Lindsey Phillips are tied for second on the team with eight points. Oswald has scored two goals and tallied four assists, while Phillips has scored three goals and tallied two assists.

Quinn Statistically Among Big Ten’s Best
Sophomore Katelyn Quinn is in the top nine in the Big Ten Conference in six offensive categories. She is second in shots per game (4.12), tied for second in shots (66), tied for fourth in goals per game (.50), tied for fifth in goals (8) and tied for ninth in points (16) and points per game (1.00).

Junior goalkeeper Britta Vogele leads the conference in saves (122) and saves per game (7.62). In contrast, Minnesota’s Karli Kopietz is second in saves with 65.

Scouting Northern Iowa
The Hawkeyes are 1-0 against the Panthers after defeating them 1-0 in Iowa City last season. Sarah Lynch scored the game’s only goal in 2002 after she was assisted by Katelyn Quinn and Avery Bang.

Northern Iowa enters the contest with a 10-6-1 overall record, including a 4-2-1 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Hawkeyes and Panthers have had one common opponent this season in Creighton. Iowa fell 2-1 to the Bluejays in the championship of the Creighton Bluejay Classic, while Northern Iowa tied the Bluejays 1-1 on Sunday in double overtime.

Sophomore Shanon Dechant leads the offensive charge for the Panthers. Dechant has scored seven of UNI’s 23 goals this season on 44 shots. Freshman Candice Divoky is second on the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points.

Defensively, Anne-Marie Witko has logged every minute in the net this season for the Panthers. Witko has allowed 14 goals in 17 games for a .80 goals against average. She has stopped 122 shots, while recording five shutouts. Last season against Iowa, Witko stopped 17 Hawkeye shots.

Northern Iowa is led by fourth-year Head Coach Linda Whitehead.

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 Coach Baker
“We’re going to throw everything we have at Northern Iowa. We need to get the student-athletes’ intensity level up for the final game of the season.

UNI is coming off a successful season. They are going to come in with a high level of intensity, and we need to be able to match their enthusiasm.”

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