Iowa Looks For a Win against Northwestern

Oct. 3, 2006


This Week
Iowa will be hosting Northwestern (1-1,6-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Grant Field.

Last Week
Last week the Hawkeyes were unable to stop No. 12 Indiana, which lengthened their losing streak to four. In a tight game, the University of Iowa field hockey team was defeated by the Hoosiers, 2-1, in Bloomington, IN. The loss gives Iowa a record of 0-3 in the Big Ten and 5-7 overall. Indiana’s record improves to 2-0, 10-1. The win gives Indiana its 10th consecutive win. Indiana scored first when forward Kate O’Connell scored during the 20th minute of the game. Iowa stayed strong and did not allow the Hoosiers another goal in the half. The Hawkeyes out-cornered the Hoosiers 2-1 in the first period, but were unable to convert on either attempt. During the second half, O’Connell was able to squeeze her second goal of the night past Hawkeye goalkeeper Lissa Munley during the 41st minute off of a rebound. Iowa continued to play good defense and didn’t allow Indiana to score anymore goals during the game. Senior Kara Zappone continued her outstanding play, scoring her fourth goal in as many games. Her goal was unassisted and came during the 67th minute. Unfortunately, the Hawkeyes were unable to get the tying goal giving the Hoosiers the 2-1 victory. The Hawkeyes out-shot the Hoosiers 8-7 and out-cornered them 5-2.

Northwestern has accumulated a Big Ten record of 1-1 and an overall record of 6-6. Iowa and Northwestern have shared three common opponents. Stanford was defeated by the Hawkeyes 2-1 and 3-2 in overtime by the Wildcats. Indiana defeated the Hawkeyes 2-1 and the Hoosiers 5-4 in double overtime. The Wildcats defeated Missouri State 3-2 in overtime while the Hawkeyes defeated them 6-0 in a preseason exhibition. The Wildcats are led in goals scored by senior Christina Foley with five. She also leads the team with 12 points.

0-3 Doesn’t Mean a Terrible Finish
The last time the Hawkeyes began the Big Ten season 0-3 was in 1998. Iowa finished the season with a Big Ten record of 4-6 but made it to the Big Ten Tournament semifinal game.

Talented Twosome Say Goodbye
Heather Schnepf and Kara Zappone will be playing on Grant Field for the last time on Sunday. Schnepf and Zappone are two of the three team captians’ (junior Caroline Blaum is the third).

Thanks Kara!
Zappone has had a great senior season thus far. She has scored five goals so far this season, including two goals during the Ohio State overtime loss (which was the same day as her birthday). As a junior, Zappone had a breakout year, scoring seven goals on 17 shots and four assists. She started all 18 games for the Hawkeyes. Zappone also earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. During her sophomore and freshman years Zappone played in 24 games and scored one goal with one assist.

Thanks Heather!
Schnepf is having another great season. She has scored three goals and five assists so far. Schnepf is one of the country’s premier backs. As a junior she was named second-team all-American, first team all-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as well as the team’s Most Valuable Player. She started all 16 games for the Hawkeyes and scored one goal with five defensive saves. During her sophomore campaign, Schnepf was named second team all-Big Ten as well as a member of the all-Big Ten Tournament team. She scored two goals, four assists and had five defensive saves. As a freshman Schnepf scored four goals and had five defensive saves while starting 15 games and playing in 17.