May 18, 2005
The Iowa women’s soccer team released its 2005 fall schedule today, which is highlighted by eight regular season home matches. Six of its eight home contests will be played during September. The Hawkeyes will suit up for 19 regular season matches during their ninth season of varsity competition.
The Hawkeyes will open their season in Colorado with a pair of games in Colorado Springs. Iowa will play its season opener against Colorado College (Aug. 26) and then play at Air Force Academy (Aug. 28).
The Black and Gold return to Iowa City for a four-game homestand, all against Big XII opponents, during the first two weeks of September. The Hawkeyes will entertain Oklahoma State (Sept. 2) and Oklahoma (Sept. 4) in the Big Ten/Big XII Challenge. Iowa will then face in-state rival Iowa State (Sept. 7) and conclude the homestand against Missouri (Sept. 11).
The Hawkeyes will then travel to the state of Missouri and compete against Missouri State (formally known as Southwest Missouri State) on Sept. 16 and Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 18.
Iowa will play just four of its 10 Big Ten Conference contests in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes will open league play in the friendly confines of the Iowa Soccer Complex against Wisconsin (Sept. 23) and Northwestern (Sept. 25).
Seven of its final nine matches of the regular season will be played on the road. After playing its final non-conference match vs. Northern Iowa on Sept. 29 in Cedar Falls, Iowa will hit the road to face Ohio State (Oct. 2), Minnesota (Oct. 7) and Penn State (Oct. 9).
The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City to host its final two home matches against Michigan State (Oct. 14) and Michigan (Oct. 16). Iowa concludes its regular season on the road at Purdue (Oct. 21), Indiana (Oct. 23) and Illinois (Oct. 28).
The top eight teams in the league will advance to the single elimination Big Ten Tournament, held this year at the University of Michigan, Nov. 3-6.
Eight of Iowa’s 18 matches last season were one-goal games, with an additional two finishing in a tie. The Hawkeyes return 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad.