Oct. 19, 2011
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Big Ten Tournament
The Big Ten Conference has reinstated the Big Ten soccer tournament after a two-year hiatus. The last tournament, held in 2008, was at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
Northwestern is the host for the 2011 tournament. Games are scheduled for Wednesday (Nov. 2), Friday (Nov. 4) and Sunday (Nov. 6). The top seven teams in the conference standings advance to Evanston, and Northwestern has an automatic buy as the host team.
South Of The Boarder
Sophomore Ashley Catrellwill have the opportunity to reconnect with a high school teammate when the Hawkeyes travel to Lincoln to take on Nebraska this week. Catrell, a native of Overland Park, Kan., played on the same high school squad at Blue Valley West as Cornhusker, Jordan Jackson. The pair also played against fellow Overland Park, Kan., native, Kylie Greischar, a sophomore on Nebraska’s squad.
Hawkeyes In the Rankings
The Hawkeyes are currently No. 51 in the national Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA Wednesday. Iowa has held strong among the top-50 for four consecutive weeks. After defeating Ohio State last weekend, the Hawkeyes jumped nine spots. The RPI lists every women’s Division I college soccer team in the nation, with 322 total.
Iowa received votes for the NSCAA Coaches poll released Wednesday. Despite not making the national top-25, Iowa is ranked fourth in the NSCAA’s Great Lake regional top-10. With an 11-3-2 record, Iowa had held the No. 3 spot for three consecutive weeks before falling to the fifth spot last week.
Iowa is set to play two of its last three matches on the road, traveling to Nebraska and Wisconsin in the next two weeks. In its final five games of the season, Iowa played on the road four times.
This season, the Hawkeyes have earned a 5-1-1 mark in competitions outside of Iowa City, including 2-1-1 in Big Ten play.
Big Ten Competition
The Big Ten Conference is one of the nation’s most competitive women’s soccer leagues, with Penn State and Illinois among the top-25 and two other institutions receiving votes in the NSCAA poll released Oct. 19.
The Hawkeyes had received votes for several weeks after gaining national recognition for their school record-setting 11-game unbeaten streak. Teams receiving votes this week are Iowa are Wisconsin.
The conference had six squads — Wisconsin, Penn State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan — make it to the NCAA Women’ s Soccer Championship in 2010. Three of those schools advanced to the second round and Ohio State made it to the semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Notre Dame, 4-3.
Lacasse Named Top-20 To Watch
Freshman Cloe Lacassewas named one of the Big Ten Conference’s Top-20 College Players to Watch by topdrawersoccer.com. The Hawkeye newcomer is one of only two freshmen in the conference to make the top-20 cut.
Lacasse led Iowa to its best start in program history (10-2-2) through 14 games, and has scored 10 goals and tallied five assists. In addition to the top-20 accolade, Lacasse was also recognized by the league office as the Freshman Athlete of the Week in back-to-back weeks (Sept. 5, 12).
The freshman is leaving an impact on the Iowa program, rapidly climbing the single season goals and points lists. Lacasse has 10 goals and 25 points through 17 games, trailing the No. 1 spot in each category by five goals and 11 points, respectively.
Hawkeyes Sets School Record
The 2011 squad is on a roll this season with an 11-3-2 record. The eight-game winning and 11-game unbeaten streaks Iowa opened the season with are both program records.
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 previous record for season-opening wins was was recorded by 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).
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 32 wins.
The senior has made 309 saves in 74 games played and recorded 17 shutouts.
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.
Lacasse was previously named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 5, following Iowa’s wins over George Washington and American. She became the second Iowa freshman to earn the award and the only one to earn back-to-back honors.
Senior Earns Conference Honor
Emily Moranwas 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, Moran etched her name atop the programs all-time career wins after earning the 25th of her career, (SEMO, Aug. 21).
Iowa will wrap up the regular season with its final road game on Oct. 29 at Wisconsin. The game is slated to kickoff at 1 p.m.
If the Hawkeyes are among the top-seven teams in the conference standings at the conclusion of regular season play, they will advance to the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill., on Nov. 2-6.
The match against Northwestern will be streamed live on BTN.com. Fans with Hawkeye All-Access subscriptions can also watch the game FREE on hawkeyesports.com.