May 17, 2011
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IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa women’s soccer team announced its schedule for the 2011 season Tuesday. The Hawkeyes will be showcasing their talents in Iowa City for 10 home games at the Iowa Soccer Complex, including hosting Iowa State for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.
Head Coach Ron Rainey and the Hawkeyes host Drake University for an exhibition game before opening the regular season at DePaul University (Aug. 19) in Chicago. Iowa welcomes Southeast Missouri State and Western Illinois for its home opening week, Aug. 21 and 26.
The Hawkeyes will be heading to the northeast, competing in the nation’s capital at George Washington University (Sept. 2) and American University (Sept. 4).
“We’re excited about the schedule and the addition of Nebraska in the Big Ten,” said Rainey. “The nonconference will be challenging right off the bat with a game against DePaul, a Big East program. We will be tested day-in-and-day-out.”
Following the trip east, the team returns to Iowa City for a four-game homestand, starting with Iowa State on Sept. 9. Games against South Dakota (Sept. 11) and Northern Iowa (Sept. 14) complete the nonconference schedule.
Rainey and the Hawkeyes open the Big Ten season on Sept. 18, playing host to the Illinois. The team spends a weekend on the road in Indiana facing the Hoosiers and Boilermakers before playing three in a row in Iowa City. The end of the season will be spent on the road, traveling for four of the final five games, including a trip to Lincoln, Neb., for the first conference meeting between the Hawkeyes and Huskers.
The Big Ten Conference has re-implemented the conference tournament after a two year hiatus. The top eight teams in the conference standings at conclusion of the regular season will compete in the tournament. Northwestern is set to host the 2011 tournament, Nov. 2-6. The last conference tournament was held in Iowa City in 2008.