Iowa Women's Soccer Faces Iowa State, Nebraska

Sept. 14, 2010

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This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team finishes its three-week road schedule with a trip to Ames Friday night to take on Iowa State in the third event of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series. Sunday, the Hawkeyes will travel to Lincoln, NE to face future Big Ten opponent, Nebraska. Live stats for both games will be available on

Scouting The Opponents
Iowa State is led by Emily Goldstein, a freshman, with two goals and one assist. Freshman Brittany Morgan has also recorded two goals for the Cyclones. Head Coach Wendy Dillinger has lead the team to a 5-1-2 start despite not being able to play a single true home game. The ISU Soccer Complex, home of the Cyclones, was damaged when Ames was flooded earlier this fall. Friday night’s match marks the first game at the ISU Soccer Complex this year.

Nebraska’s offense is led by Morgan Marlborough and Molly Thomas. Marlborough, a sophomore, has scored nine times for the Cornhuskers and recorded three assists. Thomas, a junior, has tallied four goals and an assist. Veteran Head Coach John Walker has guided the Cornhuskers to a 5-2 start this season, including a 3-1 win over Indiana.

The Hawkeyes are tied with Iowa State, 5-5-2, in the series history, but trial Nebraska, 0-2-0. The Hawkeyes have won three of the last four meetings with the Cyclones, including a 2-0 win in Iowa City last year. The Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers have not met since 2006.

Last Week
Iowa went undefeated in the College of Charleston Tournament last weekend, defeating College of Charleston and Davidson to improve to 6-1-0 on the season.

The Hawkeyes blanked CofC, recording a 2-0 win over the Cougars. Alyssa Cosnek and Leah DeMoss scored for Iowa in the team’s fifth consecutive shutout.

Iowa returned to action Sunday, facing Davidson. Dana Dalrymple was the first to net a goal for the Hawkeyes, followed by successful efforts from Jade Grimm and DeMoss.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Moran recorded six saves in the wins. The Kent, Ohio native improved her goal allowed average to 0.3 per game and increased her save total to 26.

Four of Iowa’s athletes were named to the all-tournament team. Emily Moran, Morgan Showalter, Jade Grimm and DeMoss were all selected by the coaches and media for the team which included three athletes from CofC, and two each from Davidson and Presbyterian.

Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series
The Friday night showdown between the Hawkeyes and Cyclones is the third time the two schools have met in competition for this year’s Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series.

The volleyball teams faced off on Sept. 10 with Iowa State taking two points for the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series, winning 3-0. The following day (Sept. 11), the football teams met on the gridiron with Iowa earning three points after a 35-7 decision at Historic Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa leads the current series, 3-2, but the overall series record is tied with each university recording three titles since the series’ beginning in 2004-05.

Records Are Meant To Be Broken
The Black and Gold have been on a roll this season, rolling all the way to a 6-1-0 start. Despite falling in the season opener, the Hawkeyes bounced back to record five consecutive shutouts, a program best, and six consecutive wins, which ties a progam high set in 2007.

In addition to the dominating offensive attack that puts Iowa ahead of the competition, is the equally as dominant defense. Junior Emily Moran has recorded 26 saves this season, 190 in her career.

Moran’s support system includes defensive threats such as Rachael Blakesly and Jenna Aleo. The machine has stopped opponent attempts for 485:48 consecutive minutes.

The man behind the talented, determined Hawkeye team is fifth year Head Coach Ron Rainey. The Wilkes University graduate came to the University of Iowa in 2006 after the program recorded just nine wins in three season. Rainey has turned the team around, leading Iowa to 38 wins during his career. The win mark is the most by any Iowa head coach.

The record-breaking streak started by the 2010 squad has set or matched four team records and several individual accomplishments.

Go Big Or Go Home
The margin of victory over Northern Iowa on Sept. 6th 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.

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 Looks To Continue In-State Success
Under Rainey, the Hawkeyes have never been defeated by an in-state rival. The team has recorded 12 wins, four over each of the programs, Drake, Northern Iowa and Iowa State.