Iowa Soccer Set To Play Final Two Home Games

Oct. 27, 2009

This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team faces Michigan and Michigan State this weekend at the Iowa Soccer Complex for the final home games of the 2009 season.

Michigan travels to Iowa City Friday night for a 7 p.m. game, and Michigan State will make an appearance Sunday for a 1 p.m. game.

The senior class will be honored prior to kickoff Friday night. Sunday afternoon, the members of the team will recognize their parents.

Scouting the Opponent
Jackie Carron leads Michigan’s offense with six assists and two goals. The junior has accumulated 10 points this season. Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer has recorded 71 saves for Michigan this season and boasts a GAA of .970.

Head Coach Greg Ryan is in his second season as head of the Wolverines (5-7-5). Ryan has coached collegiate soccer for 17 seasons and averages an impressive 12 wins per season.

Laura Heyboer and Lauren Hill have 16 of Michigan State’s 27 goals this season. Heyboer also has five assists. Jill Flietstra has every decision in goal for the Spartans. Flietstra has made 73 stops and recorded nine wins.

Head Coach Tom Saxton is closing out his 19th year as head of the Spartan squad. Saxton led Michigan State to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2008.

The Spartans enter the weekend with a 9-3-4 record. MSU faced Illinois Friday night.

Series History
The game between Iowa and Michigan ended in a scoreless draw last year. The Wolverines lead the all-time series, 11-1-1.

The Hawkeyes fell to Michigan State last season, 4-0. The Spartans lead the overall series 8-3-1.

Hawkeye Seniors
Friday night, the soccer team is honoring the seven seniors on the 2009-10 squad. These seniors have had a positive impact on the Iowa program since their freshman campaigns. Each player has proven to be an exemplary student-athlete for the University and the athletic department.

#1 Erica Clausen, a native of Portland, OR, has been named to the University’s Dean’s List and the Presidential Committee on Athletics three times.

#6 Alex Seydel has been named to the Dean’s List all four years at Iowa. The San Diego, CA native has started every game of her career at Iowa, tallying 77 consecutive starts.

#9 Jackie Kaeding, a co-captain of the 2009 squad, and Coralville, IA native, has started 49 matches for the Hawkeyes. Kaeding started every game of her sophomore and junior years.

#14 Kim White scored her first career goal at Iowa this season in Iowa’s win over Northern Arizona, 4-1. White, native of Providence, UT, transferred to the UI prior to the 2008-09 from Iowa Central Community College.

#15 Nicole Slevin, a native of San Pedro, CA, has played in a career high eight matches this season. Slevin was named academic all-Big Ten her sophomore year.

#19 Heather Windsor, a co-captain of the 2009 team is from Temecula, CA. Windsor has seen action in 36 games at Iowa, and was named academic all-Big Ten her junior year.

#22 Kelsey McCarron, a native of Delray Beach, FL, has played in eight games this season and 25 matches in her career.

These are just a few of the many outstanding accomplishments by this group of leaders, but possibly the most memorable are the two appearances in the Big Ten tournament and leading the team to the best start in school history in their final campaign as Hawkeyes.

Head Coach Ron Rainey
“This senior group has exhibited class for the University of Iowa both on and off the field. They have been a big part of attending the Big Ten tournament twice in their careers, which had not happened since 2000 and 2001.

They will be missed after the season and we are hoping to make a run in the next three games to end their careers with a flourish!”

Iowa Parents
The 2009 squad and coaches are honoring the parents and family of the team members Sunday.

The support shown by family members and parents is immeasurable. The Hawkeyes would like to thank their parents for the positive impact they’ve had on them as players and students.

Up Next For Iowa
As the 2009 season comes to a close, Iowa will play it’s final game next weekend in West Lafayette, IN. The Hawkeyes face No. 22 Purdue in a Saturday showdown.

Currently Purdue is fourth in the conference and ranked 22nd nationally. The Boilermakers have been ranked as high as seventh this season.

Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the Varsity Soccer Complex.

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