Hawkeyes Head To Michigan

Oct. 10, 2006

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The Setting
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team travels to Michigan for a pair of Big Ten games this weekend.

The Hawkeyes travel to Ann Arbor Friday to face Michigan at 6 p.m. Iowa then travels to East Lansing to play Michigan State Sunday at noon. Both times are central.

Hawkeyes Fall To Gophers In OT
Iowa suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Minnesota last Sunday at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes managed to outshoot Minnesota 13-7 and gained seven corners in the match, but couldn’t find the back of the net in 91 minutes of play.

Minnesota netted the game-winner in the first minute of overtime off a corner. The ball was sent to the back post where Renee de St. Aubin headed the ball across the box. Sara Clancy was there to fire the ball into the back of the net for the win.

The Hawkeyes had a few chances off set pieces in the first half, including a free kick by sophomore Kelly Warner. After one of Minnesota’s 23 fouls, Warner took a free kick from 20 yards out. The ball curved toward the upper corner of the goal, but the Gopher goalkeeper made a jumping stop to deny the goal.

Buckeyes Stop Iowa
Ohio State defeated Iowa, 2-0 last Friday at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes couldn’t catch a break as three solid scoring chances didn’t equal goals.

Both sophomore Stephanie Hyink and junior Kelsie Full saw shots miss just wide in the second half. Hyink also had a shot off a corner that was cleared by the Ohio State defense before it could roll into the back of the net.

Scouting Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines are 5-5-4 overall and 1-2-2 in Big Ten play.

Judy Coffman and Melissa Dobbyn lead the Wolverine offense with 10 points. Coffman has four goals and two assists while Dobbyn has three goals and four assists.

Megan Tuura has started 11 games in goal for Michigan. She leads the Big Ten with a 0.44 goals-against average and has 33 saves.

The Wolverines are coached by Debbie Rademacher. Iowa has never defeated Michigan (0-10-0 all time).

Scouting Michigan State
The Michigan State Spartans are 5-7-1 overall and 1-4-0 in Big Ten play.

Lauren Hill leads the Spartan offense with 16 points (seven goals, two assists). Lauren Sinacola has four goals while Mauren Pawlak and Kristi Timar each have four assists.

Nicole Galas has played the entire season in net and has a 1.36 goals-against average with 53 saves.

The Spartans are coached by Tom Saxton. Iowa trails the all-time series, 2-6-2.

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.

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.

Up Next
Iowa concludes the 2006 regular season with a three-match homestand.

The Hawkeyes face Indiana (Oct. 20), Purdue (Oct. 22) and Illinois (Oct. 27) all within the friendly confines of the Iowa Soccer Complex.