Aug. 30, 2011
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The University of Iowa soccer team travels to the nation’s capital to face a pair of east coast foes.
The Hawkeyes take on George Washington Friday afternoon (Sept. 2) at 3 p.m. (CT) before crossing town to face American University Sunday (Sept. 4) at 11 a.m. (CT). This is the first time Iowa has played either of the teams.
Scouting The Opponents
The Colonials (1-2) have been anchored in the back field by Lindsey Rowe. The senior goalkeeper has recorded 33 saves in three games this season. Rowe earned her first win of the season over San Francisco, 2-1, in double overtime. Sophomore Alex Neal has led the team’s offensive attack, tallying one goal.
Leading George Washington is head coach Tanya Vogel. The former Colonial star has tallied 77 wins during her coaching career and guided 12 student-athletes to all-conference status.
The Eagles (2-2) defense has been anchored by Klare Lazor and Arianna Efstathiou through the first four games of the season. Lazor, a junior, has started three games, recording wins over UMBC and New Hampshire while tallying nine saves.
Scoring has been shared equally amongst the team this season. Three student-athletes have scored one goal and three have tallied assists. Despite the team’s balanced attack, American has only scored three times to its opponents six in four games.
Fourth year Head Coach David Bucciero has led the Eagles to a 9-6-6 record in the Patriot League, with a .500 or better league record each year. Bucciero’s squard has earned a 22-30-7 record through his first three years at the helm.
The women’s soccer team hosted Western Illinois Friday (Aug. 26), earning the 6-1 decision with balanced scoring.
Sophomore Leah DeMoss got the Hawkeyes started with a pair of goals early in the game. DeMoss capitalized on opportunities off of a cross and corner kick.
Freshman Cloe Lacasse earned an assist on DeMoss’s first goal then hit the net with a ball of her own mid-way through the first half. Lacasse worked her way around the back line and passed the goalkeeper to find the goal.
The Fighting Leathernecks came out of halftime firing away at freshman goalkeeper Kiley Beck, finding success one time. Sophomore Katie Nasenbenny answered with a sixth and final Iowa goal to seal the win.
Iowa In The Big Ten Standings
The Hawkeyes currently sit second in the Big Ten standings with a spotless 3-0 record through the first two weeks of play.
Iowa has picked up wins over DePaul (3-0), Southeast Missouri State (2-1) and Western Illinois (6-1).
Head Coach Ron Rainey and his squad trail Illinois, who has earned wins against Gonzaga (5-1), Toledo (5-1), Ball State (5-0) and Louisville (2-1).
Moran Sets School Record
The senior from Kent, Ohio became Iowa’s career wins leader with 24 after earning two victories over the weekend.
Moran topped former Hawkeye keeper Britta Vogele who collected 23 victories between 2001-04.
The senior has made 271 saves in 63 games played and recorded 14 shutouts.
Next weekemd, Iowa hosts intrastate foes Iowa State for the annual Cy-Hawk series game. The teams will meet Friday (Sept. 9) at 7 p.m. Hawkeye fans are asked to wear black to “Blackout” the Cyclones in the night game.
The women’s soccer teams will meet for the 14th time in program history. Iowa currently leads the all-time series 6-5-2.
Sunday (Sept. 11). the women’s soccer team hosts South Dakota for a Heroes Game. The Athletic Department will honor local heroes prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff.
Senior Earns Conference Honor
Moran was honored by the Big Ten Conference with the Defensive Player of the Week distinction Aug. 22.
Moran earned the nod for her efforts in Iowa’s shutout win over DePaul and a 2-1 defeat of SEMO. In addition to the 2-0 record thus far, Moran etched her name atop the programs all-time career wins (25).
Lacasse Has Immediate Impact
Freshman Cloe Lacasse didn’t waste any time making an impact on the Iowa soccer team. The Sudbury, Ontario, native started both games of the season and used her skillful footwork to hit the net twice in the first game.
With the pair of goals, Lacasse became the first freshman to score in the first game of the season since teammate Alyssa Cosnek picked up a pair of scores in her first collegiate game, a 4-0 win over Drake, in 2008.
Nasenbenny Makes Strong Return
The sophomore returned to the field with the start of the 2011 season, putting last year’s season-ending knee injury far behind her.
Nasenbenny didn’t miss a beat as she started both games of the opening weekend. The LaGrange, Ill. native, recorded one shot in Iowa’s 3-0 win over DePaul, but led the Hawkeyes’ offense in a close 2-1 victory over Southeast Missouri State. Nasenbenny hit the net twice and recorded four shots.