Iowa Set For California Trip

Sept. 1, 2008

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This Week
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team travels to Malibu, CA, to participate in the Nike Pepperdine Challenge. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to compete against Pepperdine Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) and San Diego Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (CT). Both matches will take place at Tari Frahm Rokus Field on the campus of Pepperdine University.

Last Time Out
Last Friday, Iowa downed Western Illinois by a score of 1-0. Freshman Alyssa Cosnek scored her third goal of the season in the win.

Then on Sunday, the Hawkeyes welcomed South Dakota State to the UI Soccer Complex, but fell to the Jacks, 2-1. Sophomore forward Keli McLaughlin scored Iowa’s only goal eight minutes into the match, but South Dakota State rallied in the second half with two goals to seal the win.

Iowa is now 2-1-0 on the season.

Scouting Pepperdine
Pepperdine has a record of 0-2-1 on the season, including losses to Cal-State Fullerton and UC-Santa Barbara and a draw against Arizona State. They finished the 2007 season with a record of 5-8-6.

Pepperdine is coached by Tim Ward, who has a record of 115-59-27 in ten seasons.

This is Iowa’s first-ever meeting with the Waves.

Scouting San Diego
San Diego has a record of 1-2-0, with a double-overtime win against UC-Irvine and losses to USC and UC-Santa Barbara. The Toreros were 15-3-3 last year and finished second in the West Coast Conference.

The Toreros are coached by Ada Greenwood, who is in his fifth season at San Diego. He holds a career record of 54-39-10.

This is Iowa’s first-ever meeting with San Diego.

Going Home
Six Hawkeyes will return to their home state this weekend and get an opportunity to play in front of their family and friends.

Seniors Stephanie Hyink (Temecula) and Kelsey Shaw (Chino Hills), juniors Alexandria Seydel (San Diego), Kathleen Smokowski (Silverado), Heather Windsor (Temecula) and Nicole Slevin (San Pedro) all hail from the state of California.

Goalkeepers Splitting Time
In the first three matches, Head Coach Ron Rainey has split the goalkeeping duties between sophomore Kali Feiereisel and freshman Emily Moran. Feiereisel started the first two matches of the season, while Moran started last Sunday against South Dakota State.

Both goalkeepers have played 135 total minutes. Moran has six saves on the season, while Feiereisel has four. Feiereisel is also credited with two shutouts.

“We’re on a rotating system with them right now,” said Rainey. “Their play has been very good and progress has been encouraging.”

Big Ten Rankings
Through the first three matches, Alyssa Cosnek is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in points (six) and tied for second in goals (three). Keli McLaughlin is tied for seventh in goals (two). Freshman midfielder Morgan Showalter is tied for first in assists (four).

Defensively, Emily Moran ranks at the top in two goalkeeping categories: goals against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.000).

As a team, Iowa ranks sixth in shots (47), fourth in assists (seven), and tied for fifth in goals (six).

Quoting A Hawkeye:
Senior Kelsey Shaw is one of six players from California and is returning to her home state this weekend:

“I think we are all pretty excited about going back home,” said Shaw, who hails from Chino Hills. “It gives our friends and family an opportunity to come see us play. Being so far away, that is not something they can do very often, but we are all really pumped up to head back there.”