Oct. 26, 2010
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The University of Iowa soccer team travels to Michigan to face the Wolverines of Michigan and the Spartans of Michigan State this weekend.
Friday night, Iowa will take the field in Ann Arbor to take on Michigan. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CT.
The Hawkeyes will be in action in East Lansing Sunday morning. Iowa and the Michigan State Spartans will kick off at 11 a.m. (CT).
Live stats for both games will be available on hawkeyesports.com. Friday night’s game will also be streamed live on bigtennetwork.com.
Scouting The Opponents
Michigan and Michigan State are tied for fifth place in the Big Ten conference standing with a 3-2-2 record in league play.
The Wolverines are coached by third-year Head Coach Greg Ryan. Led offensively by freshman Nkem Ezurike with eight goals and an assist, Michigan has out scored opponents 20-12. Ryan’s squad looks to redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to be the rock in a solid defense that has only allowed 71 shots on goal through 15 games. Kopmeyer has made 57 stops for a .826 save percentage.
The Michigan State Spartans have scored double the points of their opponents this season 64-31 (21 goals to 10, and 22 assists to 11). Leading the efforts are junior Laura Heyboer with 10 goals and two assists and sophomore Olivia Stander with eight goals and four assists.
Jill Flietstra is the only member of the Spartan team to see time in goal this season. The junior has made 78 saves and recorded nine wins and 10 shutouts for Head Coach Tom Saxton’s team.
Iowa faced Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Thursday night. The Hawkeyes fell to the Wildcats, 3-0.
Sunday afternoon, Head Coach Ron Rainey and his team welcomed the Indiana Hoosiers to the Iowa Soccer Complex for a Big Ten Network broadcast showdown. The teams recognized Breast Cancer Awareness in the annual Pink game as well as parents of the members of the Iowa women’s soccer team.
The Hawkeyes scored twice early to gain a 2-0 lead in the first 40 minutes of play. The Hoosiers managed to sneak one by Iowa goalkeeper Emily Moran just before the half time break to make the score 2-1.
Indiana netted the equalizer in the second half and held off Iowa’s offensive efforts to force overtime.
Iowa’s Alex Melin nearly ended the game less than a minute into the extra period with a bullet that was sent back by the crossbar. Morgan Showalter got the rebound but sent her shot high as well. Indiana ended the game just two minutes later with the deciding goal to win 3-2.
Jenna Aleo, a defender/midfielder from Tinley Park, Ill., scored her first goal of her career in Sunday’s game against Indiana.
The senior co-captain received a long pass from fellow senior co-captain Mandy Heimann around the edge of the 18-yard box. Aleo maneuvered around the opposing goalkeeper to bury Iowa’s second goal of the game into the lower right corner of the net from the left side.
Wrapping Up 2010
Iowa hits the road for the final regular season game of the year this weekend. The Hawkeyes wrap up their road schedule in Michigan before returning home to finalize their home schedule. The Hawkeyes welcome Purdue November 6 for a Saturday night, Big Ten Conference finale.
The women’s soccer team will honor the senior leaders of the Black and Gold next Saturday night when Iowa plays host to Purdue.
#1 Kali Feiereisel – Co-captain of the 2010 women’s soccer team. The goalkeeper from Libertyville, Ill. recorded 37 saves her during her freshman season and 25 during her sophomore campaign. Feiereisel is also a two time academic all-Big Ten honoree as well as a member of the Presidential Committee on Athletics.
#10 Amanda Martin – A native of Lewis Center, OH, has competed in 42 games for the Hawkeyes during her career. Martin has recorded three assists.
#16 Keli McLaughlin – A member of Iowa women’s soccer elite, etching her name into numerous record categories for her offensive efforts. The 2009 leading scorer from Alsip, Ill. has competed in 72 games for the Hawkeyes during her four years.
#21 Jenna Aleo – A co-captain of the 2010 women’s soccer team recently scored her first career goal in Iowa’s game against Indiana. The Tinley Park, Ill native was named the Hawkeyes’ Most Valuable Player in 2009.
#22 Mandy Heimann – The Naperville, Ill native is the final link to the trio of captains for the 2010 women’s soccer team. Heimann doubled her career assists in Iowa’s game against Indiana by earning assists on both of the Black and Gold’s goals.
#27 Stephanie Swanson – A goalkeeper from Downers Grove, Ill. Swanson has recorded 11 saves during her career at Iowa. The academic all-Big Ten honoree also recorded a shutout in her debut game as a freshman.