Sept. 4, 2007
The University of Iowa soccer team will continue its non-conference slate by hosting a pair of Big-12 opponents. The Hawkeyes will face Missouri Friday at 7 p.m. and Iowa State Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at the UI Soccer Complex in Iowa City, IA.
Missouri (2-0) opened the 2007 season with consecutive wins over Illinois and Western Michigan. In the SoccerAmerica poll released this week, the Tigers appeared at #25.
Sophomore Michelle Collins was named Big-12 Player of the Week after netting three goals in her first two matches.
Iowa is winless in five tries against the Tigers, including a 2-0 loss last season in Columbia.
Scouting Iowa State
Iowa State (1-0) began its season with a 2-1 victory over Oakland. Senior Erin Witte scored the Cyclones’ lone goals.
Iowa State is coached by Rebecca Hornbacher, who returned 15 letterwinners to this year’s squad.
Iowa is 3-5-1 vs. the Cyclones, including a 1-0 win, in overtime, last season in Ames.
The Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series
This year’s match with the Cyclones will help tee off the annual Cy-Hawk Series, in which bragging rights for the state of Iowa are decided.
Since the Cy-Hawk Series began in 2004, the Hawkeyes own a 2-1 record over the Cyclones, including a 14-9 victory last season.
The series kicks off today when the Hawkeyes men’s golf team competes in the Big Four Championships in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Last week’s Northern Illinois Tournament, the Hawkeyes earned a pair of draws against Navy and Northern Illinois. Iowa’s defensive effort was strong, allowing only one goal in two matches.
As a sophomore in 2006, Shaw was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year.
While they may not get too many stats in the record books, the three seniors continue to put a halt on all scoring chances thrown at them.
Finding a goalkeeper was priority one during the offseason, but Lindsey Boldt seems to have the job won following her performance in goal this past weekend.
The senior from Wauwatosa, WI played every minute of the two matches, and made 12 stops.
Its Been A While…
With last Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Northern Illinois, Boldt earned her first career shutout. The last time an Iowa goalie recorded a shutout was October 22, 2006 when Ali Becker blanked Purdue.
Five true freshmen saw their first collegiate action over the weekend, including defender Jenna Aleo, who started both matches.
Home Sweet Home
After starting the season on the road, Iowa returns home to host four consecutive matches over the next two weeks at the UI Soccer Complex.
Iowa went 2-4-1 at home last season and have a 36-38-1 overall record in Iowa City.
The Last Time…
Missouri comes into Iowa City ranked #25 in the latest poll released by SoccerAmerica. Iowa holds a 5-17-3 overall record vs. ranked opponents, including a 1-2-1 record last season under then-first year Head Coach Ron Rainey.
Iowa’s last victory over a ranked opponent came October 20, 2006 against then-#21 Indiana, when the Hawkeyes defeated the Hoosiers 1-0.
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