Oct. 1, 2007
The University of Iowa soccer team goes on the road this weekend as the midway point of the season passes. The Hawkeyes visit UW-Milwaukee Friday night at 7 p.m. and Illinois Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
UW-Milwaukee has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons. It has also won seven straight Horizon League Championships dating back to 2000.
The Panthers entertain the Hawkeyes not having lost a match since September 17 to Harvard. They are 2-0-2 since, defeating Butler and Wisconsin on the road.
Sophomore Erin Kreuser leads the Panthers with nine points, including two goals and five assists. Junior goalkeeper Erin Kane has five shutouts on the season.
The Panthers are coached by Michael Moynihan, who is in his 11th season. Coming into the season, his career record was 119-61-27.
The Hawkeyes are 1-3-0 all-time against the Panthers, with the last meeting coming in 2003.
Illinois (5-4-0) enters Sunday’s match having lost its first two conference matches.
Before losing to Ohio State and Penn State last weekend, Illinois had won four straight, including impressive wins over Florida and Kansas. Ella Masar and Laura Knutson lead the Fighting Illini on offense, and have tallied nine total goals.
The Fighting Illini are coached by Janet Rayfield, who holds an all-time record of 114-110-5.
The Hawkeyes hold a career 4-8-0 record agains the Fighting Illini, including a 1-0 defeat last season to them.
The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play in impressive fashion, gaining a pair of wins.
Last Friday, the Hawkeyes defeated Michigan State 1-0 behind a goal from redshirt sophomore Jackie Kaeding. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Boldt secured five saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season.
The Hawkeyes beat Michigan on Sunday 2-1, to gain their first ever win against the Wolverines. Junior Stephanie Hyink got the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute to secure the win.
With last Sunday’s victory over Michigan, the Hawkeyes won their sixth consecutive match, which is a new school record.
The previous record was five consecutive victories, last done in 1999.
At this point in the season, the Hawkeyes have already won as many matches as they did in all of 2006.
While Iowa’s strong play can be noticed in the wins, the numbers the Hawkeyes are putting up are getting noticed in the Big Ten.
Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Boldt continues to rank among the elite keepers in the Big Ten. The Wauwatosa, WI native is second in the league in goals-against-average (0.58) and save percentage (.867), while placing first in shutouts (5).
Iowa sophomore Alexandria Seydel is tied for 10th in assists (3).
With two goals last weekend, Kaeding now has three on the season, which leads the Hawkeyes. After missing all of last season with a knee injury, the Coralville, IA, native has made her presence felt in the midfield.
She leads the team with six points and has recorded 11 shots.
On The Mend
True freshman defender Jenna Aleo, who started Iowa’s first seven matches, has been out with a foot injury. She has been replaced in the starting line-up by another true freshman, Mandy Heimann.
Meanwhile, senior forward Melisa Kaetterhenry made her return from a foot injury that sidelined her for much of September. While the Middleton, WI, native did not start, she contributed valuable minutes off the bench.
A Look Ahead…
The Hawkeyes will continue their season on the road, as they finish with seven of their last nine matches away from Iowa City.
Next week, the Hawkeyes will be at Purdue and Indiana.
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