Sept. 7, 2004
IOWA CITY – This Week
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team will travel to Des Moines on Friday to face the Drake Bulldogs and return home Sunday to meet the UW-Green Bay Phoenix. Friday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Drake Soccer Field. Iowa will open up the home season at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Iowa soccer complex.
The Hawkeyes opened the 2004 season at the Nike Tiger Invitational in Columbia, MO. Iowa fell to Baylor 2-1 and to Missouri 1-0.
First Goal of the Season
Senior Kitty Montgomery opened up the Hawkeye scoring account against Baylor with a goal in the 83rd minute off a free kick from freshman Jamie Maltman. The goal was the second in Montgomery’s career. Maltman recorded her first assist as a Hawkeye..
Holding Her Ground
Senior goalkeeper Britta Vogele had two solid performances at the Nike Tiger Invitational. Vogele recorded 12 saves against Baylor and nine against Missouri. Vogele added 21 saves to her school record for a career total of 385.
Starters for the Hawkeyes
Hawkeyes that started against Baylor include Britta Vogele, Julie Hickman, Margit Vogele, Natalie Lencioni, Jamie Maltman, Whitney Strain, Kitty Montgomery, Kelsie Full, Avery Bang, Katelyn Quinn and Susan Yagla. Claire Goldenberg replaced Bang in the starting lineup against Missouri.
Seeing the Pitch for the First TimeEleven of Iowa’s 13 newcomers saw action last weekend. Three freshmen started against Baylor while four started against Missouri.
Opponents in the Rankings
Four of Iowa’s opponents are ranked in the NSCAA/adidas top 25. Penn State is ranked 4th, Illinois 14th, Michigan 20th and Ohio State 25th.
The Bulldogs are 1-3 on the season. Drake started off with losses to Arizona, Iowa State and Long Beach State before defeating UC-Davis. Andrea Schmitz and Ashley Pyle scored Drake’s first goals of the year in a 2-0 victory of UC-Davis. Last season, the Hawkeyes defeated the Bulldogs 4-0 at the Iowa Soccer Complex in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Drake is coached by former Iowa assistant and Iowa City native Corbin Stone.
Scouting UW-Green Bay
The Phoenix are 1-1 on the season. UW-Green Bay lost to Northern Illinois 2-1 and defeated North Dakota 3-0. Stephanie Gross had a goal and two assists in the victory over North Dakota. Iowa is 4-0 against UW-Green Bay. In their last meeting, the Hawkeyes defeated the Phoenix 3-0 in the 2002 opener at Green Bay. The Phoenix are coached by Quinn Ross.
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.
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
“We have to re-group and prepare for the upcoming weekend. Drake will play with a lot of heart and they are always physical. We need to neutralize those aspects of their game and impose our style of play. Our student athletes are very anxious and excited to play an in-state rival. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve faced UW-Green Bay, but they are always solid competitors. Last weekend gave us a chance to solidify some areas on the field and also gave us a chance to see our student athletes on the pitch for the first time in competition. Our players are beginning to bond together on the field and that means success for our program.”