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The University of Iowa women’s soccer returns to the Iowa Soccer Complex for the first time in its past four matches, hosting Indiana and Purdue this weekend. The Hawkeyes and Hoosiers meet on Friday with a 7 p.m. start time. Iowa will then take on the Boilermakers on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. (CT). Live results will be available by GameTracker on Iowa’s schedule page.
Scouting The Opponents
The Hoosiers are coming off a 3-0 setback against Michigan in its Big Ten opening match. Indiana went 5-2-1 in nonconference play this season. Indiana ranks fifth in the Big Ten in goals scored and 12th in goals allowed. The Hooisers are led by Lisa Nouanesengsy with six goals and 13 points. Starting goalkeeper Shannon Flower has a 1.62 goals against average for the Hoosiers.
The Boilermakers are also coming off a loss in its Big Ten opener, a 2-1 defeat against Michigan State. Purdue plays at Nebraska on Friday. Purdue went 5-2-1 in nonconference action as well. Purdue ranks eighth in the league in goals allowed and sixth in goals scored. The Boilermaker attack has been led by Jordan Pawlik this season with seven goals and 16 points. Starting goalkeeper Clara Kridler has a 1.12 goals against average.
Hawkeyes Get Best Start in Program History
The Hawkeyes opened the season with their best start in program history, going undefeated and untied in their first nine matches. Iowa topped its previous best start from last year’s season, where the Hawkeyes won their first eight matches.
Hawkeyes Finish Perfect In NonConference
Iowa finished undefeated in nonconference play for the second consecutive season. Iowa went 9-0-0 and outscored its opponents 30-3 before opening Big Ten Play. Iowa has won its past 18 nonconference matches, outscoring its opponents 71-8 in that stretch. Iowa is undefeated in its past 19 nonconference matches, with its last loss coming on Sept. 19, 2010.
Last Time Out
The Hawkeyes defeated Saint Louis, 3-0, on Sept. 12 to go undefeated in nonconference play. Junior Ashley recorded four points from two goals, while sophomore Cloe Lacasse had four points from one goal and two assists. Iowa scored in the 27th, 51st and 58th minute. Hannah Clark earned the win at goalkeeper for Iowa, while Meg Goodson closed out a combined shutout in the second half.
Iowa dropped its first match of the season, falling to Illinois on Sept. 16 in a hard fought match in Champaign, Ill. Junior Alex Melin scored in the 22nd minute for Iowa, but goals in the 3rd and 28th minute from Illinois would provide the difference. Melin led Iowa with four shots, two shots on goal and a goal. Clark held Illinois scoreless in the second frame and tallied six saves.
Hawkeyes Perfect at Home
The Hawkeyes are undefeated within the confines of the Iowa Soccer Complex, sporting a 4-0-0 record at home. Iowa has outscored its opponents 15-1 at home.
The Hawkeyes rank near the top of the Big Ten in several major statistics. Iowa ranks first in shots (181), points (85), points per game (9.44), goals (31), goals per game (3.44) and victory margin (2.88).
Iowa is tied for fourth in win-loss-tie percentage in the NCAA, tied for sixth in scoring offense, ninth in save percentage, 23rd in shutout percentage, 24th in goals against average.
Iowa In the Rankings
Iowa ranks 25th in the Soccer America ranking, and is one of three Big Ten teams in the poll. The Hawkeyes sit in 35th in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 National Ranking. Iowa is the fourth-highest rated Big Team team in the poll. Iowa took the No. 6 spot in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Great Lakes regional poll.
Hawkeyes Dominating Stats
Iowa has looked just as impressive in the stat book as it has on the field this season. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 31-5 this season, and have outshot them 181-127. Iowa holds an 89-53 advantage in shots on goal. Iowa is averaging 3.4 goals per game and has a .492 shot on goal percentage. The Hawkeyes are outscoring their opponents on average by 2.8 goals per match.
Hawkeyes Start Fast
Iowa has taken a lead into halftime in eight of nine matches this season. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 17-2 in the first half.
Lacasse Leads Nation In Goals
Sophomore Cloe Lacasse has been the catalyst for the nation’s sixth best offense this season, leading Iowa with 28 points off 11 goals and six assists. Lacasse ranks first in the country in total points (28), tied for first in total goals (11), second in points per game (2.80), eighth in goals per game (1.10) and 30th in assists per game (.60). She also ranks first in the Big Ten in points, first in points per game, tied for first in goals, second in assists and second in shots. Lacasse has 23 goals, 12 assists and 58 points in her career. She is fourth in goals and tied for fourth in Iowa’s all-time records list. The Sudbury, Ontario, native has scored in all but one game this season, and has two multi-goal games.
Clark Leading Big Ten at GK
Freshman Hannah Clark has been giving opposing defenses fits all season long, as the Fort Collins, Colo., native leads the Big Ten in goals against average and saves percentage. Clark has a 0.23 goals against average and a .947 save percentage, which both lead the Big Ten. Clark has allowed only one goal this season and has registered 18 saves.
Catrell Breaks Out
Junior forward Ashley Catrell is having a breakout season with 16 points off seven goals and two assists. Catrell is tied for second in the Big Ten in goals and tied for third in points. She also ranks 18th in the nation in goals and 48th in goals per game.
The Hawkeyes are the soccer state champions for the fifth-straight season, beating both in-state rivals this year. Iowa defeated Northern Iowa (3-0) and Iowa State (3-1). The Hawkeyes are unbeaten in their last 15 in-state regular season matches. In that stretch, Iowa has a 6-0-1 advantage over Iowa State, 6-0-0 advantage over Northern Iowa and a 2-0-0 advantage over Drake. Iowa has outscored its in-state foes 39-4 in that stretch.
Hawkeyes on tv
Iowa will appear live on Big Ten Network at least twice this season. Iowa’s Big Ten opener against Illinois on Sept. 16 was televised live. The Hawkeyes will appear live on BTN on Sept. 30 when they travel to Michigan State. The match will begin at 1 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
Rainey Gets Win No. 150
Head coach Ron Rainey earned his 150th career victory, and his 60th victory at Iowa, in the win over Army. Rainey currently has a 152-120-34 overall record, and a 62-55-13 mark at Iowa.
Iowa head coach Ron Rainey enters his seventh season at the helm of the program as the winningest coach in program history. Rainey has 61 victories with the Hawkeyes, and sports a 152-120-34 overall coaching record.
Rainey guided Iowa to its most successful season in program history last season, as Iowa went 13-4-3 and had its highest winning percentage ever. Rainey has guided the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten Tournaments, and has helped five Hawkeyes earn All-Big Ten honors.