Hawkeyes To Host 10th-Ranked Penn State

Sept. 26, 2006

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IOWA CITY – The Setting
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team will host its first Big Ten match of the 2006 season Friday evening when 10th-ranked Penn State comes to town. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

The Hawkeyes travel to Des Moines Sunday to face Drake at the Cownie Soccer Complex at 1 p.m.

Fans can access livestats (Gametracker) for the Penn State match via hawkeyesports.com. Just click on the events tab below the video player on hawkeyesports.com.

Northwestern Downs Iowa in Weather Shortened Match
Iowa was defeated by Northwestern, 1-0 last Friday in its opening match of Big Ten play. The match was called in the 72nd minute after a 90 minute rain delay.

Heavy thunderstorms and a tornado warning forced the teams off the pitch in the 72nd minute. Play was ready to resume after the 90 minute delay, but officials called the match due to darnkess.

The Wildcats scored the lone goal of the match in the 54th minute when Jeanette Lorme scored off an assist from Jenny Dunn. The match was called 18 minutes after the goal.

Badgers Drop Iowa, 1-0
Wisconsin scored a late goal in the 74th minute to defeat Iowa, 1-0 last Sunday.

Allison Preiss scored off a corner from Elise Weber. Weber sent a ball into the box that found Preiss who took a shot on target. The ball deflected off a Hawkeye defender and into the back of the net.

Scouting Penn State
The 10th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions are 6-2-2 overall and 2-0-0 in Big Ten play.

Last season, Penn State finished with a 23-0-2 mark and recorded its eighth-straight Big Ten title. The Nittany Lions advanced to the College Cup where they fell to eventual national champion Portland, 4-3 on penalty kicks.

Aubrey Aden-Buie leads the potent Nittany Lion offense with 13 points (six goal, one assit). Katie Schoepfer and Sarah Dwyer each have three goals, while six other players have at least one goal on the season.

Alyssa Naeher has played the majority of time in goal for the Nittany Lions. She has a 1.25 goals-against average with 35 saves.

The Nittany Lions are coached by Paula Wilkins. Iowa has never defeated Penn State and have an 0-9-0 record against the Nittany Lions.

Scouting Drake
The Drake Bulldogs are 4-3-1 overall.

Sarah Foote has 11 points (five goals, one assist) to lead the Bulldog offense. Liz Woerle and Melissa Nelson each have six points this season.

Jenny Schroeder has played in seven games between the posts and has a 2.11 goals-against average with 40 saves. Erin Jarvis has appeared in four matches with a 1.45 goals-against average.

The Bulldogs are coached by Iowa City native and former Iowa assistant coach Corbin Stone. Stone served as an assistant coach at Iowa during the 2000 season.

Iowa leads the all-time series, 1-0-0.

Becker Returns To Lineup
Senior goalkeeper Ali Becker returned to the Iowa lineup last weekend against Northwestern.

Becker started the first two matches of the season in goal before suffering a hand injury. She missed the next five matches before returning last weekend.

The Bettendorf, IA, native has a 0.90 goals-against average with 23 saves this season.

One-Two Combo
Sophomore Stephanie Hyink and junior Kelsie Full are proving to be a pretty good combination up front for the Hawkeyes.

Out of the eight goals Iowa has scored, four have been scored by either Hyink or Full. Hyink or Full have also been given an assist on six of those eight goals as well.

In addition, Full and Hyink have linked up for four goals. Hyink scored off a Full assist against Loyola and Eastern Michigan. Full also scored against Eastern Michigan and Iowa State off assists from Hyink.