Hawkeyes To Host Michigan State and Michigan

Sept. 20, 2004

IOWA CITY – This Week
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team opens up the 2004 Big Ten home season this weekend against Michigan State and Michigan. The Hawkeyes and Spartans will face off at 7 p.m. Friday. Iowa and Michigan are scheduled for a 1 p.m. match Sunday.

Last Week
Iowa opened the Big Ten season on the road against Purdue and Indiana. The Hawkeyes fell to both teams 1-0. Against Purdue, freshman Jamie Maltman recorded three shots on goal and goalkeeper Britta Vogele recorded five saves. Danielle Oswald fired two shots on goal and Avery Bang recorded one. Iowa blasted three shots against Indiana, two of which were on goal. Vogele had six saves on the day.

Racking in the Saves
Senior goalkeeper Britta Vogele now has 407 career saves. Vogele is the school record holder career saves.

Team Leaders
Sophomore Danielle Oswald and freshman Jamie Maltman are tied for the team lead in shots taken with seven. Both have recorded three shots on goal. Junior Avery Bang and senior Kitty Montgomery both have one goal for Iowa. Maltman and junior Lindsey Phillips both have one assist for the Hawkeyes.

Opponents in the Rankings
Four of Iowa’s opponents are ranked in the NSCAA/adidas top 25. Penn State is ranked fifth, Illinois 11th, Wisconsin 16th, Ohio State 22nd and Michigan 25th.

Scouting Michigan State
The Spartans are 7-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Last week, Michigan State lost to Illinois 1-0 in overtime and defeated Northwestern 3-2. Emma Harris leads the team with four goals. Lauren Zacharski has recorded five assists this season. Erin Carlson has played every game in goal and has a 0.87 GAA. Michigan State holds a 4-2-1 advantage in the overall series. Last year, the Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes (4-0) in East Lansing, MI. Michigan State is coached by Tom Saxton.

Scouting Michigan
The 25th ranked Wolverines are 5-2-1 overall and are 2-0 in conference play. Last week, Michigan defeated Northwestern (3-2) and No. 11 Illinois (1-0). Therese Heaton has scored seven goals. Melissa Dobbyn has put six in the back of the net, including two last weekend. Megan Turra has started every game in goal and has a 1.33 goals against average.The Hawkeyes have never beaten Michigan (8-0 record against Iowa). Last season, Michigan defeated the Hawkeyes (1-0) in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are coached by Debbie Rademacher.

New Faces
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.

The Cy-Hawk Series
Next up in the first season of the Cy-Hawk series is the women’s soccer matchup in Ames. The Hawkeyes currently lead the series 3-0 after the Iowa football team defeated the Cyclones 17-10 in Iowa City. The winner of the women’s soccer matchup gets two points.

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 won Big Ten honors. 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 took a huge step foward last weekend. Things happened both on and off the field that made us closer as a team. Michigan State and Michigan are both experienced and have quality rosters. We feel good about how we match up with both teams and we hope to come away with a couple wins.”