Iowa Women's Soccer Travels To Madison

Sept. 28, 2010

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This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team travels to Madison, Wis. to face the Wisconsin Badgers at the Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex. The Big Ten match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Live stats for the conference match up will be available on hawkeyesports.com.

Scouting The Opponents
Wisconsin is 4-3-3 with one win and one draw in conference play. The Badgers faced Purdue in their conference opener, ending the game in a 0-0 (2OT) draw. Wisconsin also traveled to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Hoosiers. Wisconsin scored in the extra period to come out on top in the 1-0 (OT) decision.

Junior Laurie Nosbusch leads the Wisconsin attack with three goals. Michele Dalton is leading the team’s defensive effort with 37 saves and a .925 save percentage in goal.

At the helm for Wisconsin is fourth year Head Coach Paula Wilkins. Under Wilkins, the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament in 2009, the program’s best finish in 15 years.

Last Week
Iowa opened the Big Ten season with a home match against No. 18 Minnesota. The Hawkeye defense showed its resilience in the face of the aggressive Minnesota attack. Iowa allowed a single goal in the 32nd minute. The Gophers recorded 16 shots, seven on goal.

The Hawkeyes recorded the equalizer in the 70th minute. Neither team was able to find the net in the extra time, ending the game in a 1-1 draw.

Iowa finalized its non-conference schedule Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes welcomed St. Louis to the Iowa Soccer Complex. The teams played through double overtime without a score, ending the game 0-0 (2OT).

Hawkeyes On Top
A number of Hawkeyes are in the top of the Big Ten individual standings through the games played so far.

Freshman Leah DeMoss is amongst players in the four-way tie at the top of the total points category. With five goals and three assists, DeMoss has accumulated 13 points through 11 games, averaging 1.18 points per game.

The St. Charles, Ill. native is also tied for the most goals scored this season (5).

Junior Emily Moran is one of two conference goalkeepers to have recorded six shutouts. Moran is also among the top-five in the shutouts per game (0.55), saves per game (3.64), saves (40), saves percentage (.870) and goals against average (.55).

Iowa In The Big Ten Standings
The Iowa women’s soccer team has established itself in the Big Ten statistical standings with its successful non-conference season.

With one Big Ten game under their belt, the Hawkeyes head into the second half of the season as the second place team on the conference’s total goals (23), total points (67) and saves (44) lists.

Iowa is on top of the goals per game list with an average of 2.09. Iowa’s goalkeeping efforts put the Hawkeyes on top in the shutout category as well with seven.

Records Are Meant To Be Broken
The Black and Gold have been on a roll this season, rolling all the way to a 7-2-2 start. Despite falling in the season opener, the Hawkeyes bounced back to record five consecutive shutouts, a program best, and seven consecutive wins, which ties a program high set in 2007.

Complimenting the dominating offensive attack that puts Iowa ahead of the competition is the equally as dominant defense. Junior Emily Moran has recorded 40 saves this season, 199 in her career.

Moran’s support system includes defensive threats such as junior Rachael Blakesly and senior Jenna Aleo. The machine 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.

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

Hawkeye Games Streamed Live
The Big Ten Network will be streaming games live on www.bigtennetwork.com from the Iowa Soccer Complex throughout the season.

Upcoming Iowa home games streamed include Ohio State (Oct. 8) and Penn State (Oct. 10).

Fans will still be able to catch the action online when the Hawkeyes travel to Northwestern (Oct. 21) and Michigan (Oct. 29).

Check local listings for replays of the action on Big Ten Network.