Hawkeye Soccer to Open Season

Aug. 23, 2004

IOWA CITY – This WeekThe University of Iowa women’s soccer team will begin its seventh season of competition on Friday, August 27 against Southwest Missouri State. Gametime is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Admission is free.

Last SeasonThe Hawkeyes finished 2003 with a 4-12-2 overall record and an 0-8-2 mark in the Big Ten.Iowa had wins over No. 12 BYU, Rutgers and in-state rivals Drake and Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes struggled in Big Ten play, coming away with draws against Ohio State and Minnesota, both in double overtime. Iowa also lost by one goal to both Indiana and Wisconsin.After a tough Big Ten season, the Hawkeyes finished the season on a high note with a 4-0 victory over Northern Iowa.

One Last TimeSeniors Kitty Montgomery, Britta Vogele and Margit Vogele enter their last season as Hawkeyes. Montgomery has been a familiar face in the Iowa backfield, starting all but two games as a defender. Britta Vogele has one more year to add to her already record breaking career. Vogele holds five different Iowa records and is an all-Big Ten goalkeeper. Margit Vogele will see time in 2004 as a defender.

Finding the Back of the netJunior Katelyn Quinn returns as Iowa’s leading scorer from last season. Quinn recorded 11 goals, including two game-winners in 2003. Quinn is making her mark in the Iowa record books and already holds records for individual points and goals in a match. The Highlands Ranch, CO native also led Iowa in shots (76), points (23) and shots on goal (38).

Back For MoreLetterwinners returning for the Hawkeyes in 2004 include Avery Bang, Julie Hickman, Natalie Lencioni, Kitty Montgomery, Danielle Oswald, Lindsey Phillips, Katelyn Quinn, Whitney Strain and Britta Vogele.

Hawkeyes on the IRThree players have sustained season ending injuries and will not be available for competition. Junior Kristin Zoelle along with sophomores Kristin Slusarz and Karen Encokson will not see the pitch for the Hawkeyes in this season.

Have We Met?Thirteen newcomers have joined the Hawkeye soccer program. They include Kate Cahalan, Lindsey Boldt, Kim Lewis, Jamie Maltman, Katie Mulvahill, Melisa Kaetterhenry, Abigail Gierke, Ashley Schlueter, Claire Goldenberg, Kelsie Full, Sarah Stephenson, Susan Yagla and Megan Love.

New FacesFreshman recruits aren’t the only new faces in the Iowa soccer program this fall. Josh Green and Jen Plante both enter their first season as Hawkeye assistant coachesGreen joins the program from California, where he was an assistant coach at Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, Green coached three all-conference goalkeepers and helped lead the team to a top 25 ranking and three straight NCAA tournament appearances.Plante, a North Carolina native and graduate of Ohio State University, joins the staff from Kenyon College in Ohio where she served as an assistant coach. While at Ohio State, Plante received Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 1994 and first team all-Big Ten recognition.

Opponents in the RankingsFour of Iowa’s opponents are ranked in the Soccer Buzz preseason top 30 poll. Ohio State checked in at No. 10, Penn State No. 12, Michigan No. 15 and Illinois No. 19.

Scouting Southwest Missouri StateThe Bears return 17 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 9-9-3 overall and placed third in the Missouri Vally Conference with a 5-2 record. SMS has three players returning who were all-conference picks in 2003. Senior Sarah Guenther and sophomore Kate Hercules were both first team selections while sophomore Chelsea Anderson was a second team selection. Guenther was also named Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year while Hercules was named Freshman of the Year. This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Head Coach Carla BakerCarla Baker is in her third season as the head coach for the Iowa soccer program.In her inaugural season, Baker led the Hawkeyes to an 11-7-1 record and three of her players were honored with postseason recognition by the Big Ten Conference. In addition to the individual honors, the team was given the NSCAA Team Academic Award.Baker led the Hawkeyes to a 4-12-2 record in 2003 with victories over No. 12 rated BYU, Rutgers and in-state rivals Drake and Northern Iowa. Under Baker, Katelyn Quinn was named to the second all-Big Ten team and third Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Region team.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 United States Soccer Federation youth national teams, U-14 to U-21 age groups.Prior to her move to Dallas in 1999, Baker served as an assistant coach at 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 1995 National Championship and made four straight 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.

Quoting Coach Baker“Right now, we are trying to get on the same page. We are trying to help each other and be there for each other. Southwest Missouri State will defenitely provide some competition for us. They do very well in the Missouri Valley Conference and they will be excited to play a Big Ten team. If we stick to our game plan, we will be successful.”