Hawkeyes Travel To Nebraska

Aug. 29, 2006

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IOWA CITY – The Setting
The University of Iowa soccer team travels to Lincoln Sunday to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second annual Big Ten/Big XII Challenge. Match time is set for 1 p.m at the Nebraska Soccer Field.

Big Ten/Big XII Challenge
This is the second year the Big Ten and Big XII have participated in this challenge. Schools from each conference will play each other over the weekend.

In 2005, Iowa hosted both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The Hawkeyes were defeated by Oklahoma, 2-0 but managed a 1-1, double-overtime draw with Oklahoma State.

vIowa Defeats South Carolina
The Hawkeyes picked up their first win of the 2006 season with a 1-0 victory over South Carolina last week at the Tiger Invitational.

Junior Melisa Kaetterhenry received a pass from junior Kelsie Full and found the back of the net from 16 yards out for the game-winner.

Senior Ali Becker stopped six shots and the Iowa defense withstood 23 shots in the win.

Hawkeyes Fall to Tigers
Iowa started the 2006 last Friday season with a tough 2-0 loss against Missouri at the Tiger Invitational. Missouri netted a penalty kick and a goal early in the second half for the win.

Sophomore Stephanie Hyink led the Iowa offense with five shots while senior Ali Becker recorded six saves in her first start as a Hawkeye.

Scouting Nebraska
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 0-0-1 this season after a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Wright State last weekend.

Savannah Allen scored the lone goal for Nebraska and leads the team with three shots along with Jessie Goodell.

Jamie Klages played the entire 110 minutes in goal and recorded three saves.

The Cornhuskers are coached by John Walker. Iowa trails the all-time series, 0-1-0.

Its Been a While…
Senior goalkeeper Ali Becker recorded Iowa’s first shutout since the 2003 season against South Carolina.

Iowa’s last shutout came in a 4-0 win over Northern Iowa on October 31, 2003. Britta Vogele and Brooke Peterson teamed up for the clean sheet against the Panthers.

Becker is also the first Iowa goalkeeper since Vogele, in the 2003 season, to record an individual shutout.Vogele and the Hawkeyes recorded a 4-0 win over Drake on September 5, 2003.

Kaetterhenry Up Front
Junior Melisa Kaetterhenry netted her first goal of the season and her sixth career goal against South Carolina.

Kaetterhenry scored in thee straight games in the middle of the 2005 season and added two goals as a freshman in 2004.

New Faces on the Sidelines
Three new coaches will patrol the Hawkeye sidelines during the 2006 season. Head Coach Ron Rainey along with assistant coaches Eric Golz and Eileen Narcotta are in their first season at Iowa.

Rainey, who was an assistant coach at Iowa (1997-98), returns from Ball State where he was head coach for seven seasons. Rainey led the Cardinals to five-straight Mid-American Conference tournament bids and was named Mid-American Coach of the Year in 2001.

Golz joins the Hawkeyes from Bowling Green, where he was an assistant coach for two seasons. In 2005, Golz helped the Falcons to a 14-7-2 record and the the first MAC regular-season title in school history.

Narcotta was an assistant coach with Rainey for four seasons at Ball State. She was in charge of coaching goalkeepers and practice planning.