Hawkeyes Host Big Ten Action

Sept. 20, 2005

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IOWA CITY – The Setting
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team opens up Big Ten Conference play this weekend at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes (1-5-2) host Wisconsin (5-2-1) Friday at 7 p.m. and Northwestern (6-1-0) Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission to both matches are free. Fans can access live stats (gametracker) at www.hawkeyesports.com.

Hawkeyes Draw With Missouri State
Iowa battled to a 1-1 draw in double overtime last Friday against Missouri State at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, MO. Iowa’s defense witheld a potent Missouri State offense that blasted 21 shots on the evening.

Missouri State tested the Hawkeyes early, registering three shots on goal in the first 13 minutes of the contest, all of which were knocked away by sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Boldt.

After a scoreless first half, freshman Stephanie Hyink gave Iowa the lead in the 50th minute when she found the back of the net off an assist from sophomore Katie Mulvahill. The goal was Hyink’s third of the season.

Missouri State tied the contest in the 79th minute after Kate Hercules knocked in a corner kick. The Hawkeyes had a couple chances late in the match but could not net the game-winning goal. Neither team produced a shot in the first overtime period.

Freshman goalkeeper Erin MacIsaac entered the match with less than three minutes left in the second overtime period and came up big for the Hawkeyes, knocking away two balls in the final two minutes to keep the match a 1-1 draw.

Penalty Kick Sinks Iowa
The Hawkeyes suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Southeast Missouri State on Sunday, 2-1. The Redhawks scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute on a penalty kick that was awarded after an Iowa hand ball inside the 18-yard box.

After a scoreless first half, Southeast Missouri State took the lead in the 47th minute when Nicole Bussman found the netting. Iowa scored the equalizer in the 71st minute after freshman Kelsey Shaw scored her second goal of the season off a corner kick from sophomore Katie Mulvahill.

Southeast Missouri State created a chance in the 89th minute and blasted a shot on target, but freshman Katie Smeltzer was given a red card after she committed a hand ball on the goal line. Lisa Schweppe stepped to the spot and drilled home the ensuing penalty for the win.

Scouting Wisconsin
The 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers are 5-2-1 overall.

Amy Vermeulen leads the Badger offense. She has nine points (four goals, one assist) and has started all eight matches. Allison Preiss has eight points (two goals, four assists) and Katy Lindenmuth has six points (three goals).

Lynn Murray has started every match and has a 1.18 goals-against average. She has 39 saves with a .796 save percentage.

The Badgers are coached by Dean Duerst. Iowa trails the all-time series, 2-5-1. Last season, Wisconsin defeated Iowa, 2-0

Scouting Northwestern
The 25th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats are 6-1-0 overall.

Kelsey Hans leads the Wildcat offense. She has 13 points (five goals, three assists). Tabitha Lowey has six points (three goals).

Whitney Jones has a 0.85 goals-against average with 26 saves. She has a .812 save percentage.

The Wildcats are coached by Jenny Haigh. Iowa trails the all-time series, 3-5-0. Last season, Northwestern defeated Iowa, 6-0.

Common Cpponents
Wisconsin and Iowa have faced both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this season as a part of the Big Ten/Big XII Challenge.

Wisconsin defeated Oklahoma, 2-0 and drew with Oklahoma State, 1-1 in double overtime. The Hawkeyes also tied Oklahoma State, 1-1 in double overtime but lost to Oklahoma, 2-0.

MacIsaac Sees Time
Freshman Erin MacIsaac saw her first time between the posts as a Hawkeye last weekend. MacIsaac was subsititued for sophomore Lindsey Boldt in the second overtime period against Missouri State and played the entire 90 minutes against Southeast Missouri State.

MacIsaac has given up two goals and has seven saves. She leads the team with a .778 save percentage.

Opponents in the Rankings
Four Big Ten schools are ranked in the Soccer Buzz poll. Penn State (3rd), Wisconsin (19th), Michigan (22nd) and Northwestern (25th) are all ranked. Illinois is listed as receiving votes.

Big Ten Statistics
Five Hawkeyes rank in the top 10 in various Big Ten statistical categories.

Senior Katelyn Quinn ranks second in total shots (33) and fifth in shots per game (4.12). Freshman Stephanie Hyink is tied for ninth in goals (2). Sophomores Sarah Stephenson and Katie Mulvahill are tied for ninth in assists (2). Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Boldt is second in saves (43) and first in saves per game (6.14).

Freshman on Fire
Six of Iowa’s seven goals this season have been scored by freshmen. Stephanie Hyink has three, Kelsey Shaw has two and Manon Engelhardt has one.