Aug. 30, 2004
IOWA CITY – This Week
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team will travel to Columbia, MO this weekend to compete in the Nike Tiger Invitational. The Hawkeyes will face Baylor Friday at 4:30 p.m. and host Missouri on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Matches will be held at the Audrey J. Walton Track-Soccer Field Stadium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students.
Mother nature was not a soccer fan last Friday night as severe storms cancelled Iowa’s match against Southwest Missouri State. Heavy lightning, rain and wind forced officials to call the game after a two and a half hour delay. A makeup date was not scheduled.
One Last Time
Seniors 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 Net
Junior 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 More
Letterwinners 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.
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.
Freshman 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 Rankings
Four 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.
The Bears started off the season with a 7-2 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame last week. Baylor returns senior Ginny Rosario-Tull, who led the team with nine goals in 2003. Tiffany Boshers was a second-team all-Big 12 selection in 2003 as well. Iowa and Baylor have only faced off once with Iowa winning 1-0 in overtime in 2002. The Bears are coached by George Van Linder.
The Tigers are 1-1 in 2004. Missouri defeated Northwestern 2-1 and fell to Illinois 4-1 last weekend. Defender Karen Bauer scored the game-winning goal off a penalty kick against Northwestern. Jennifer Nobis recorded the lone goal for the Tigers against Illinois. Missouri holds a 2-0 advantage in the series history. Last season, the Tigers defeated the Hawkeyes 3-0 in Iowa City. The Tigers are coached by Bryan Blitz.
Head Coach Carla Baker
Carla 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“This will be a great test for our team. We are playing two quality Big 12 opponnents and it will give us a good idea of what we need to work on. Both teams are well coached and will be tough. We are excited to see where we stand this early in the season.”