Iowa Set for Wednesday Night Showdown

Sept. 13, 2011

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This Week
The University of Iowa soccer team hosts Northern Iowa and Illinois at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

The Panthers will take the field Wednesday night in the final non-conference match of the season for Iowa. Youth soccer players and campers that attended the University of Iowa women’s soccer camps are invited to attend to game that is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.

The Fighting Illini travel to Iowa City for a Sunday afternoon game. The Hawkeyes open the Big Ten season with a 1 p.m. game time. Women’s soccer alumni will be at the game and fans will receive Iowa Soccer t-shirts.

Fans can follow the action at the Iowa Soccer Complex with Gametracker on The Big Ten Network will also be streaming Wednesday night’s match live on

Scouting The Opponents
Northern Iowa looks to junior Ashley Capone to lead the attack Wednesday night. Capone has recorded four of UNI’s eight goals and has earned one assist. Sophomore Claire Clark will also play a key role in the Panther offense. Clark has four points on two goals. The Panthers trail opponents in goal scoring, 12-8.

Splitting time in goal for UNI are Lauren Potzman and Erin Zaideman. The senior-sophomore duo has combined for 43 saves and two shutouts this season. Potzman is 2-4-1 and Zaideman is 1-0-0.

Third year head coach James Price has led the 2010 UNI squad to a 4-12-2 record, including a 2-6-1 mark in Missouri Valley conference play.

Illinois sophomore Vanessa DiBernardo and junior Niki Read have led the team’s offense through eight games. DiBernardo has nine goals and an assist while Read has posted four goals and four assists. The Illini attack has outscored its opponents 28-12.

Junior goalkeeper Steph Panozzo has recorded every minute in goal for Illinois. Panozzo has made 24 saves, allowed half the amount of goals and earned two shutouts through eight games.

Veteran head coach Janet Rayfield is the Illinois coach with the most overall, conference and single season wins in school history. In her 10 year at the helm of the Fighting Illini program, Rayfield has accumulated a 119-68-16 record.

Last Week
The women’s soccer team hosted a pair of matches against Iowa State and South Dakota. The Hawkeyes earned victories in both games, taking a 4-1 win over ISU and 5-0 shutout versus South Dakota.

Against Iowa State, freshman Cloe Lacasse led the team’s offense with two goals while teammates Alex Melin and Morgan Showalter also contributed to the team’s final score. Melin tallied one goal and one assist and Showalter earned two assists. Senior defender Rachel Blakelsey also hit the net once, posting the second goal of her career.

Iowa’s offense looked to Lacasse again Sunday when the freshman found the net once and earned an assist. The Hawkeyes gained a quick lead with an own goal by South Dakota, but didn’t slow down, allowing four different student-athletes to score.

Senior Emily Moran recorded six saves on the weekend through 147 minutes in goal. Freshmen Kiley Beck and Caitlin Schnorbach also saw time between the posts against USD. Beck made one save.

Hawkeyes Sets School Record
The 2011 squad is on a roll this season with a 7-0-0 start. The seven-game win streak marks the best start in program history.

The Hawkeyes equaled the previous best start with a win over George Washington (Sept. 2), improving to a 4-0 record, then bested it with a 3-1 victory against American (Sept. 4).

The only other squad to have such a successful start was the 2000 team. Under Head Coach Wendy Logan, the team recorded wins over UW-Green Bay (5-1), Northern Illinois (3-0), UNLV (3-0) and Utah State (2-1).

Freshman Gets Conference Nod
Lacasse was announced as the conference’s Freshman Athlete of the Week on for the second consecutive week Sept. 12.

The Sudbury, Ontario native led Iowa’s offense for the fourth week in a row, scoring three goals and recording one assist. Lacasse played a role in four of the team’s nine total goals against Iowa State and South Dakota.

With her efforts in the wins, the freshman earns a place on Iowa’s season goals (9) and season points (21) top-10 lists. With over half of the season remaining, Lacasse aims for the top spot, trailing Sara Lynch in each of the categories. Lynch had 15 goals and 36 points during the 1999 season.

Lacasse was previously named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Sept. 5. following Iowa’s wins over George Washington and American. She became the second Iowa freshman to earn the award and the only to have back-to-back honors.

Iowa In The Big Ten Standings
The Hawkeyes top the conference standings for the second week in a row. Iowa’s record remains spotless at 7-0-0.

Michigan State is second in the conference with a 6-1-0 record and Illinois and Penn State both sit at 6-2-0.

Moran Sets School Record
The senior from Kent, Ohio became Iowa’s career wins leader with 24 after earning two victories vs. DePaul (Aug. 19) and SEMO (Aug. 21).

Moran topped former Hawkeye keeper Britta Vogele who collected 23 victories between 2001-04. Moran currently has 29 wins.

The senior has made 281 saves in 69 games played and recorded 15 shutouts.

Iowa On The Big Ten Network
Iowa will make its lone appearance on the Big Ten Network when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Purdue. The game is scheduled for Sunday Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

In addition to the game televised live, Iowa will showcase its talent on for several games this season. The network will live stream six home games throughout the season, including Sept. 14 and 30 and Oct. 2 and 23.

Looking Ahead
Next week, Iowa hits the road to take on Indiana and Purdue.

The Hawkeyes face Indiana Friday, Sept. 23 and Purdue Sunday, Sept. 25. The game Sunday afternoon with be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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).