Hawkeye Soccer Ready To Host Drake

Sept. 10, 2007

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This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team will continue its search for its first win of the season when it hosts the Drake University Bulldogs on Friday at the UI Soccer Complex.

Scouting Drake
Drake comes to Iowa City with a record of 1-1-2, including a win over DePaul last Friday. It also defeated Iowa State in an exhibition match last month.

The Bulldogs are coached by Corbin Stone, who is a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. Drake returns seven seniors from last year’s squad.

Iowa has a career 2-0-0 record against Drake, including a 1-0 victory last season in Des Moines.

Last Week
The Hawkeyes entertained a pair of Big 12 opponents at the UI Soccer Complex, falling to No. 23 Missouri, 2-0, and playing to a scoreless draw with in-state rival Iowa State.

The draw against Iowa State earned the Hawkeyes a point in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series. The standings currently stand at 5-1 in favor of the Cyclones.

Record Landmarks
By earning three draws in its first four games, this year’s Hawkeye squad has already put its name in the record books.

This is the 11th year of Iowa soccer, and this season marks the first time the Hawkeyes have had three draws in their first four matches.

The record for number of draws in a season is four, which happened in 2005.

Freshmen Influence
The 2007 recruiting class continues to give the Hawkeyes depth and speed off the bench. This past weekend, three Hawkeyes joined defender Jenna Aleo in being the only freshmen to start a match.

Amanda Martin started both matches, while Victoria Bachand and Keli McLaughlin each started once.

First Action
During Sunday’s match against Iowa State, three other Hawkeyes got their first playing time of the season.

Senior Ashley Schlueter and sophomores Kelsey McCarron and Heather Windsor all saw the field for the first time this season.

Windsor, who was named last season’s Most Improved Player, recorded one shot against the Cyclones.

Defense Remains Solid
The Hawkeyes may have scored only one goal in four matches, but their defensive effort has been superb. In those four matches, the Hawkeyes have allowed just three total goals.

Much of the success of the defense can be credited to a strong back line, which is anchored by seniors Sarah Stephenson and Claire Goldenberg.

Shutting The Door
Senior Lindsey Boldt continues to do a fantastic job in goal. With the scoreless draw against Iowa State, Boldt now has two shutouts this season, the other coming September 2 against Northern Illinois.

Boldt’s two shutouts this season are the first of her career.

The Wauwatosa, WI native is also moving her way up the statistical ladder in the Big Ten. Through four games, she currently ranks third in goals-against-average (0.63), fourth in save percentage (.850) and sixth in total saves (17).

Quoting Coach Ron Rainey
“Drake has traditionally been a very good program in the region. We have a lot of respect for their program and they’ve played some good teams in other conferences. We’re excited about the matchup on Friday.”

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