Iowa Soccer Hosts Two

Sept. 8, 2009

This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team hosts Loyola-Chicago Friday (7 p.m.) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday (1 p.m.).

Scouting the Opponents
Loyola-Chicago returns a wealth of experience. Seniors Cynthia Morote-Ariza and Jackie Vera scored a combined 25 goals in the 2008 season. Morote-Ariza is a two-time Horizon League Player of the Year (2007, 2008) and scored or assisted 37 of the teams 45 goals last season.

Junior Laura Trevillian is also returning for Loyola-Chicago after scoring 10 goals in her sophomore season. Trevillian was named to the Horizon League all-Tournament Team in 2008 as well as second team all-Horizon League.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee welcomes back sophomore Sarah Hagan, leading scorer for UWM in 2008. In her freshman campaign, Hagan netted 24 goals, a feat that places her fourth in career goals at UWM. The 2008 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year was also named to the Soccer America Freshman All-America first team, as well as other freshman all-america lists.

Series History
The Hawkeyes last faced the Ramblers in 2006 and the Panthers in 2007. Both games ended in a draw. Loyola-Chicago leads Iowa 1-0-1. UWM also leads Iowa 3-1-1. Balanced Team is Key to Success

Head Coach Ron Rainey has had balanced scoring on his squad this season, a clear contributor to Iowa’s success. Sophomore Morgan Showalter leads the team with three goals, while Keli McLaughlin and Alex Seydel both have two. Alyssa Cosnek, Sarah Langlas, and Kim White have all contributed a goal this season. White scored her first career goal in Iowa’s win over Northern Arizona.

The teams unselfish play shows in the assist category as well. Seven players have assisted a goal this season. Cosnek leads the group with three assists. Senior co-captain Jackie Kaeding has two and McLaughlin, Showalter, Seydel, Dana Dalrymple and Alyscha Mottershead all have one in the books this season.

Cosnek Leads Big Ten in Assists
Alyssa Cosnek is tied for most assists this season in the Big Ten. Cosnek has recorded three assists, two against Northern Arizona this past weekend.

The sophomore is tied with Hannah Peterson from Michigan State and Jackie Carron from Michigan.

Cosnek is also second on the assists per game list with three assists in five games.

White Scores First Goal
Senior Kim White recorded her first career goal as a Hawkeye in Iowa’s win over Northern Arizona (Sept. 6). White transferred to the University of Iowa prior to the 2008-09 season, but was unable to compete due to injury.

The goal came after a corner kick by Jackie Kaeding was placed perfectly for White to head it into the net. It was Iowa’s second goal of the game and came shortly after Northern Arizona tied it up, 1-1.

Iowa in Big Ten Rankings
Iowa has scored an average of two goals per game this season. The 10 goals in five games has put the Hawkeyes in fourth place in the Big Ten for goals per game and goals this season.

In addition, Iowa has averaged two assists per game this season, also good for a fourth place standing in the Big Ten’s assist per game and the season assists category.

Hawkeyes on the BTN
The Hawkeyes will make their lone appearance on the Big Ten Network on October 4 when they entertain Wisconsin at 1 p.m.

Up Next For Iowa
The Hawkeyes welcome in-state foes next weekend. The third event in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series is at the Iowa Soccer Complex Friday (Sept. 18) at 7 p.m. Following Iowa’s matchup with Iowa State, Ron Rainey and his team face Northern Iowa Sunday (Sept. 20) at 1 p.m.

Opponents In The Rankings
The Hawkeyes schedule this season is full of tough competition. Head Coach Ron Rainey’s squad faces four ranked teams.

Iowa opened its season with then ranked No. 24 Missouri in Iowa City. The team will travel to No. 23 Minnesota on Sept. 24 before facing back-to-back ranked foes No. 24 Penn State in University Park Oct. 11 and No. 11 Illinois in Iowa City Oct. 17. No. 25 Indiana entertains the Hawkeyes Oct. 25.

Rankings are based on current NSCAA/adidas Division I soccer rankings.

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