Iowa Soccer Travels South

Sept. 8, 2010

This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team heads south to Charleston, S.C., for the College of Charleston Tournament. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to take on CofC at 7:30 p.m. Friday night and Davidson at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Scouting The Opponents
The College of Charleston is led by sophomore Maryam Buazza with three goals and two assists. Buazza’s net-finding ability is complimented by freshman McCallie Jones who has assisted three goals this season.

First-year Head Coach Christian Michner has led the Cougars to a 2-3 record with wins over Charleston Southern and Xavier. Although the Hawkeyes and the Cougars have never met on the soccer field, Michner is no stranger to Iowa athletics. The former University of Illinois assistant women’s soccer coach visited Iowa City just last season with the Illini.

Davidson returns to action after a weekend trip to Texas. The Wildcats faced No. 7 Texas A&M, falling 5-1, and Southern Methodist, losing 3-0.

Davidson’s leading scorer is Alison Drutchas, with one goal and two assists. Jessie Baxa is in goal for the Wildcats. Baxa has made 27 saves in 390 minutes in goal. Davidson is coached by seventh year Head Coach Greg Ashton.

Last Week
The Hawkeyes dominated their opponenets last weekend en route to a record breaking finale.

Iowa’s first stop on its three week road trip was Chicago to take on Loyola-Chicago. The Hawkeyes never hit the breaks rolling through town with a 3-0 win on the heels of Jade Grimm, Morgan Showalter and Alex Melin, all goal scorers in the Friday night game.

Head Coach Ron Rainey and the team made their way over to Cedar Falls for a match up with in-state foes Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes were ready to go once they got off the bus, roaring to a 6-0 victory with goals from six different athletes.

Go Big Or Go Home
The margin of victory over Northern Iowa ties the six goal mark set in 2000 when Iowa defeated Purdue, 7-1. In 1999, the Hawkeyes posted a 7-0 victory over UW-Green Bay. The largest margin of victory in program history is eight goals set in 1997 and tied in 1998 with wins over Kent State and Grinnell, respectively.

Shutouts Set Record
The Iowa defense anchored by junior goalkeeper Emily Moran has performed at an untouched level through the last four games.

The Hawkeyes have recorded four consecutive shutouts over Northern Illinois (2-0), Central Michigan (1-0), Loyola-Chicago (3-0) and Northern Iowa (6-0). The dominating play marks the first time the Hawkeye soccer team has accomplished this feat in school history.

Three teams have posted three consecutive shutouts in 1999, 2002 and 2009. Moran was also in goal for Iowa last season when the team blanked UW-Milwaukee (4-0), Iowa State (2-0) and Northern Iowa (3-0).

Solid Hawkeye Defense
Rachel Blakesley and Jenna Aleo are both leaders in the back field, establishing a solid defense that has been a total team effort. The production by the Black and Gold has left opponents scoreless for nearly 397 minutes. The last goal scored on Iowa was in the 54th minutes of the home opener against DePaul on August 20th. That’s over six hours of playing time, or almost 24,000 seconds that the team has remained untouchable.

Last season, Iowa stopped any attempt at the net for just over 386 minutes through nearly four games.

Moran has stopped 184 attempts during her career at Iowa, including 20 this season.

Hawkeyes on the BTN
The Hawkeyes will make their lone appearance on the Big Ten Network on October 24 when they entertain Indiana at 2 p.m.

Rainey is Winningest Coach
Head Coach Ron Rainey led the team to nine wins last year, giving him 32 wins in his four seasons, the most of any head coach at Iowa.

Notable Iowa wins posted last season were over in-state rivals Iowa State and Northern Iowa, as well as Drake, earning the mythical state crown. The Black and Gold also downed Michigan on senior night.

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