Oct. 12, 2010
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The University of Iowa soccer team travels to Champaign, Ill. this weekend to take on the Fighting Illini. The Saturday night match is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
Live stats will be available on hawkeyesports.com.
Scouting The Opponents
Vanessa DiBernardo leads the Fighting Illini in scoring. The freshman standout has found the net nine times and assisted two goals for 20 points. DiBernardo is second in a number of the conference’s scoring statistical categories.
Defensively, Illinois has split time in goal between Steph Panozzo and Alexandra Kapicka. Panozzo has started five games for the Illini, recording seven saves and two wins. Kapicka has recorded 36 saves and a 7-2-1 record in seven starts and 12 games played.
Ninth year Head Coach Janet Rayfield has guided Illinois to a 9-2-1 start this season, 2-1-1 in conference play. Rayfield has led her teams to over 100 wins in her nine seasons at the helm.
Iowa hosted Ohio State and Penn State. The Hawkeyes we unsuccessful in attempts against both teams, falling 3-1 to Ohio State and 3-0 to Penn State.
On The Big Ten Network
The soccer game scheduled for Oct. 24 is set to be shown live on the Big Ten Network. The game will kickoff at 2 p.m.
The Hawkeyes welcome Indiana to the Iowa Soccer Complex.
Home Team Advantage
The Hawkeyes have found success at home this season, recording two wins and two draws in seven home games.
With a number of factors influencing the success at home, Rainey thinks one of the important components is the fans.
“Our home crowds have been great,” said Rainey. “They really help to motivate our team.”
Hawkeye fans have come out to support the team all season, averaging 328 supporters per match.
Another determining factor to success in Iowa City can be attributed to the lack of interruption in the student-athletes’ lives. Not missing class and keeping a normal routine without travel is beneficial for the team as a whole.
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.
This weekend’s games against Ohio State (Oct. 8) and Penn State (Oct. 10) will be streamed live on the network’s website.
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.
Hawkeye Stat Leaders
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