Big Weekend For Iowa Soccer

Oct. 3, 2006

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IOWA CITY – The Setting
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team hosts a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend. The Hawkeyes face Ohio State at 7 p.m. Friday and Minnesota at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Iowa concludes its season with five of seven matches at home.

Hawkeyes Tame Bulldogs
Iowa collected its fifth win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Drake on Sunday. Sophomore Kelsey Shaw netted her first goal of the season in the 23rd minute for the win.

Sophomore Sarah Stephenson started the charge for Iowa with a pass down the wing to sophomore Stephanie Hyink, who played the ball across the field and into the box. Shaw took a touch into open space and drilled a shot from eight yards into the net for the only goal of the contest.

Senior Ali Becker recorded her second win and second shutout in a Hawkeye uniform. Becker had three saves in the match.

Iowa Falls To Penn State
The Hawkeyes dropped a hard-fought match to No. 10 Penn State, 3-0.

The match was much closer than the final score indicates. One Hawkeye shot rattled the post and Penn State goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made two impressive saves to keep Iowa off the scoreboard.

The Hawkeye defense was strong in the first half, allowing the potent Nittany Lion offense to just one shot in the first 45 minutes. That one shot, however, was a 20-yard strike from Ashley Meyers that gave Penn State a 1-0 lead.

Stephanie Hyink nearly netted the equalizer in the 40th minute, but an acrobatic save by Naeher kept the score at 1-0.

Another save by Naeher and an unlucky bounce off the post allowed Penn State to maintain the shutout.

Hyink tallied five shots, including two on target.

Scouting Ohio State
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-5-1 overall and 0-4-0 in Big Ten play.

Lisa Collison leads the Buckeye offense with 13 points (six points, one assist). Lara Dickenmann has 11 points (four goals, three assists).

Lauren Robertson has played 10 matches in goal with a 1.09 goals-against average. She has 38 saves with a .776 save percentage.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are coached by Lori Walker. Iowa trails the all-time series, 3-5-1.

Scouting Minnesota
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 6-5-1 overall and 0-4-0 in Big Ten action.

Lindsey Schwartz has four goals and three assists to lead the Gopher offense. Both Elena Fruci and Kaitlin Wagner have four goals and two assists.

Lindsey Dare and Chelsey Turner have split time in goal. Both have started and played in six matches. Dare has a 4-1-1 record with three shutouts and a 0.64 goals-against average. Turner has a 2-4-0 record with two shutouts and a 1.33 goals-against average.

The Golden Gophers are coached by Mikki Denney Wright. Iowa trails the all-time series, 2-7-0.

Season of Improvement
The Hawkeyes have made quite a few improvements during the 2006 season.

? Five wins are the most since 2002 season.
? Four shutouts are the most since 2002 season.
? Two-consecutive shutouts are the most since 2002 season.
? Four-match unbeaten streak in 2006 is second-longest in school history.
? The Hawkeyes collected their first win over a BCS school out of the Big Ten since 2003 (1-0 win vs. South Carolina).
? First win over Iowa State since 2002.