Aug. 24, 2005
Iowa City, IA – The Setting
The University of Iowa Hawkeye soccer team opens its 2005 season this weekend in Colorado against Colorado College and the Air Force Academy. The season opener against Colorado College is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. The Hawkeyes will face off against the Falcons at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both times listed are central.
Hawkeyes Win Exhibition
Iowa defeated Loyola-Chicago, 2-0 in a friendly exhibition at the Iowa Soccer Complex on August 16. The Hawkeye defense was solid in the shutout, allowing only five shots.
The Hawkeyes scored in the 33rd minute when senior Katelyn Quinn blasted a shot after a nice move to create space just outside the 18-yard box. Sophomore Melisa Kaetterhenry sealed the victory in the 58th minute when she knocked in a cross from Jamie Maltman. Iowa’s offense was superb all evening, creating 16 shots and four corners.
Sophomore Lindsey Boldt recorded one save while freshman Erin MacIsaac, who came in as a substitute, recorded one save.
Mama I’m Coming Home
Seven players on the squad will be returning to their home state this weekend. Players from Colorado include Amanda Bartlett, Kim Lewis, Megan Love, Katelyn Quinn, Ashley Schlueter, Katie Smeltzer and Whitney Strain.
Scouting Colorado College
The Colorado College Tigers return 12 letterwinners and six starters from last year’s squad that went 9-5-2. Returning for the Tigers is senior Stevie Kernan, who scored nine goals in 2004.
The Tigers are coached by Geoff Bennett. This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Scouting Air Force
The Air Force Academy Falcons returns 20 letterwinners and eight starters from the 2004 squad that went 4-13-2 overall and 0-5-1 in the Mountain West Conference. Junior Brittney Perkowski was the leading scorer in 2004 with three goals. Goalkeeper Jennifer Drew led the conference with 105 saves as a freshman last season.
The Falcons are coached by Marty Buckley. Air Force leads the overall series, 1-0.
The Hawkeyes return 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including seven starters. Letterwinners returning include Lindsey Boldt, Kelsie Full, Abby Gierke, Claire Goldenberg, Melisa Kaetterhenry, Kim Lewis, Megan Love, Jamie Maltman, Katie Mulvahill, Ashley Schlueter, Sarah Stephenson, Katelyn Quinn, Natalie Lencioni and Whitney Strain.
Iowa’s 2005 recruiting class was ranked 17th in the Great Lakes Region by Soccer Buzz magazine. The Great Lakes Region includes 54 Division I programs. Hawkeye newcomers include Erin MacIsaac, Katie Smeltzer, Stephanie Hyink, Jackie Kaeding, Katie Shumaker, Jacqui Zuniga, Kelsey Shaw, Manon Engelhardt, Kelly Warner, Andrea Werysn and Amanda Bartlett.
New Face on The Sideline
Abby Rabinovitz has been hired as Iowa’s new assistant coach. Rabinovitz was a graduate assistant at Kent State and helped guide them to back-to-back MAC titles, including their first ever title in 2003.
Rabinovitz was a goalkeeper at Wisconsin-Stevens Point and was second in the nation with a 0.23 goals-against average as a senior. She allowed only four goals in 26 games and posted a 20-2 record with six shutouts.
Opponents in the Rankings
Four Big Ten schools are ranked in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll. Penn State (6th), Ohio State (12th), Wisconsin (17th) and Illinois (23rd) are all ranked while Michigan is receiving votes. The first NSCAA/adidas poll will be released on Sept. 6th.
Big XII Flavor at Home
All of Iowa’s non-Big Ten matches at the Iowa Soccer Complex are against Big XII opponents. Iowa hosts Oklahoma State and Oklahoma as a part of the Big Ten/Big XII challenge along with hosting Iowa State and Missouri.
Quoting Coach Baker
“We are thrilled to finally get the season underway. The team has worked extremely hard in the preseason and we are excited to play a different opponent. We are also very happy that the student-athletes from Colorado will be able to showcase their development and skills in front of their hometown family and friends.”