Oct. 29, 2012
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The University of Iowa women’s soccer team will meet fourth-ranked Penn State on Wednesday in the first round of action at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament, hosted by Indiana University at the Jerry Yeagley Field. First touch is set for 12:30 p.m. (CT). Live results will be available online via GameTracker, and the match will be streamed online by the Big Ten Digital Network.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Nittany Lions (16-2-1, 10-1-0) are the top-seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the 15th consecutive season after winning the Big Ten regular season championship. Penn State hasn’t lost a match since Sept. 8th, and the only time they came away with less than three points in Big Ten play was against Michigan on Oct. 21st. Penn State has scored 60 goals this season, led by 13 from senior midfielder Christine Nairn. Goalkeeper Erin McNulty has a 1.01 goals against average.
HOW THE HAWKEYES ADVANCED Entering the final week of the regular season, Iowa needed a victory over Wisconsin and an Ohio State win over Indiana to qualify with the eighth and final seed of the tournament. The Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers, 5-0, last Friday to take care of part one.
Iowa knocked off Wisconsin (12-6-1, 5-5-1), winners of their last five matches, 2-1 on Saturday to extend its season. Senior Dana Dalrymple scored in the 42nd minute to open the scoring. Sophomore Cloe Lacasse fed Dalrymple with a pass inside the box, and Dalrymple quickly flicked the ball to net. Iowa went into half with a 1-0 advantage after outshooting the Badgers, 11-1. Iowa opened the second half strong as well, as Lacasse scored her 13th goal of the season in the 46th minute. Lacasse dribbled around a Badger defender and fired from 15 yards out to beat the goalkeeper. Wisconsin scored in the 70th minute to pull within one, but Iowa held the Badgers to just three shots in the final 20 minutes to ice the victory. Lacasse led the offense with three points and seven shots. Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Clark made two saves in the second period to preserve the win.
IOWA IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
?2011….MSU…………T, 0-0 (2OT)(3-4 PK)
For the seventh time in program history, and for the second straight season, the women’s soccer team will represent Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament. Head coach Ron Rainey has guided Iowa to four conference tournament appearances. After his first year with Iowa, Rainey has put Iowa in the conference tournament every season the tournament has been held. The event was eliminated in 2009 and 2010, but was reinstated started in 2011. This will be the third time Iowa has met the Nittany Lions in the first round. The Hawkeyes will be looking for their first postseason victory in program history.
SUCCESSFUL REGULAR SEASON FOR HAWKEYES
With 12 victories this season, Iowa is second in program history for wins in a season. A victory in the Big Ten Tournament would give Iowa 13 wins, tying the mark set by the 1999 and 2011 teams. In its third year as a program, Iowa went 13-7-0 in the 1999 season. The Hawkeyes had a 13-4-3 record in 2011.
MOST WINS IN A SEASON
LACASSE, DALRYMPLE EARN ACCOLADES
Senior Dana Dalrymple and sophomore Cloe Lacasse were honored by CollegeSportsMadness.com, being named to the Madness’ 2012 All-Big Ten First Team. Lacasse leads Iowa with 13 goals, seven assists and 33 points. Dalrymple has 17 points with seven goals and three assists.
CONSISTENCY IN THE LINEUP
Stability in the lineup has been an asset for Iowa. The Hawkeyes have used the same starting lineup in the past nine matches, and have started the same player for every match in eight of 11 positions. Jade Grimm, Katie Brown, Melanie Pickert, Kat Lewis, Anne Marie Thomas, Ashley Catrell, Katie Nasenbenny and Dana Dalrymple have started every match. Alex Melin and Cloe Lacasse have started all but one match this season.
Iowa ranks third in the Big Ten in goals scored with 40. The Hawkeyes are in the top half of the league in many other offensive categories, including second in shots (326) and corners (106), and fourth in total points (108). Iowa’s record for goals in a season was set in 1999 with 49.
Iowa has allowed just 17 goals through 20 matches this season. The Hawkeyes rank third in the league in goals allowed (17), goals against average (0.66), and second in shutouts (10) and saves (100). Iowa tied the program record for fewest goals allowed in a season, which was also set last season with 17.
HAWKEYES SET SHUTOUT RECORD
With Iowa’s shutout at Minnesota, the Hawkeyes have set the program record for shutouts in a season (10). Iowa had nine shutouts last season. The Hawkeyes have blanked Eastern Illinois, North Dakota, Loyola Chicago, Northern Iowa, LIU Brooklyn, Saint Louis, and Big Ten opponents Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Hawkeyes went 7-3-0 within the confines of the Iowa Soccer Complex. Iowa’s seven home wins tied the program record for home wins in a season.
IOWA IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes are ninth in the NSCAA Great Lakes Poll. The Big Ten has four teams ranked within the top-30 of the NCAA RPI Poll.
IOWA FINISHES 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 last 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.
LACASSE CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Sophomore Cloe Lacasse has tallied 33 points this season with 13 goals and seven assists. The Sudbury, Ontario, native is climbing the charts on a number of program records.
POINTS IN A SEASON
?1st…Sarah Lynch (1999)…………..36.
?2nd…Cloe Lacasse (2012)………….33.
GOALS IN A SEASON
?1st…Sarah Lynch (1999)…………..15.
?2nd..Cloe Lacasse (2012)…………..13.
?1st…Sarah Lynch (1999-2002)………112.
?2nd..Kate Walse (1997-200)…………88.
?3rd..Cloe Lacasse (2012)…………..66.
?1st…Sarah Lynch (1999-2002)………46.
?2nd..Kate Walse (1997-2000)………..36.
?3rd…Katelyn Quinn (2002-2005)…….25
?3rd..Cloe Lacasse (2012)…………..25.
Iowa head coach Ron Rainey enters his seventh season at the helm of the program as the winningest coach in program history. Rainey has 65 victories with the Hawkeyes, and sports a 155-124-38 overall coaching record. Rainey guided Iowa to its most successful season in program history last year, as Iowa went 13-4-3 and had its highest winning percentage ever. Rainey has guided the Hawkeyes to four Big Ten Tournaments, and has helped five Hawkeyes earn All-Big Ten honors.