Hawkeyes To Battle Missouri, Iowa State

Sept. 15, 2008

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This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team shifts its focus to two teams from the Big 12 Conference. This weekend, the Hawkeyes travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers Friday night at 6:30 p.m. before heading to Ames for a match-up with the Cyclones at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Iowa’s next four matches are away from the UI Soccer Complex.

Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series
Iowa leads the fifth annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series, 3-2 after two events. The Cyclones defeated the Hawkeyes 3-0 in volleyball (Sept. 12) to earn two points, while Iowa beat Iowa State 17-5 in football to earn the only three-point event. There are 10 events remaining, with the next competition slated for Sept. 21 in Ames (women’s soccer).

Iowa State captured the fourth annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series, 18-9, last season. The series is tied 2-2 in the in-state competition against their rivals from Iowa State that began in 2005.

Last Time Out
The Hawkeyes improved their record to 4-3-0 and snapped a three-match losing streak last week with victories over Northern Iowa and Creighton. Both matches had 2-0 finishes.

Last Friday, Iowa downed in-state rival Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls behind two goals from senior forward Stephanie Hyink. Sunday, the Hawkeyes returned home to face Creighton. Forwards Alyssa Cosnek and Keli McLaughlin both scored goals for Iowa.

Scouting Missouri
The Missouri Tigers own a record of 4-2-0, with wins over Vanderbilt and Butler last weekend. They have outscored their opponents 9-1 in the second half of their matches this season.

The Tigers are coached by Bryan Blitz, who is in his 13th season at Missouri. He owns a 170-158-18 record in 18 seasons, with 125 of those wins coming at Missouri.

The Hawkeyes are winless in six tries against the Tigers, including a 2-0 loss last season in Iowa City.

Scouting Iowa State
Iowa State owns a record of 3-3-0, after splitting a pair of matches last weekend at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings, SD. The Cyclones beat North Dakota State, 4-1 but lost to South Dakota State, 2-1, in overtime.

The Cyclones are coached by Wendy Dillinger, who is in her first season at Iowa State. She owns a career record of 86-25-8 in six seasons.

Iowa has a record of 3-5-2 all-time against the Cyclones, including a scoreless draw last season in Iowa City.

Hyink’s Big Weekend
Stephanie Hyink filled up the stat sheet last weekend and was rewarded for her efforts. She scored two goals Friday against Northern Iowa and dished out two assists Sunday against Creighton on her way to being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. She is now tied for second on the team in points (six).

For her career, Hyink has scored 13 goals and tallied 10 assists.

Big Ten Rankings
As a team, the Hawkeyes rank in the top-half in many defensive categories. They are third in the conference in four statistical caterogies: goals allowed (four), goals-against-average (0.57), saves (33) and shutouts (four).

Individually, Alyssa Cosnek is tied for first in game-winning goals (three) and is tied for sixth in goals (four) and. Fellow freshman Morgan Showalter is second in assists (six).

Iowa’s two goalkeepers, freshman Emily Moran and sophomore Kali Feiereisel, are also faring well. Despite splitting time all season, Moran is first in save percentage (.947) and second in goals-against-average (0.28), while Feiereisel is fourth in both save percentage (.824) and goals-against-average (0.86). On the season, Moran has 15 saves while Feiereisel has grabbed 10. They have also combined for three shutotus.