Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series Begins Friday Night

Sep 4, 2013

Game Notes — Iowa State/Wright State

The University of Iowa soccer team puts its 4-0 record on the line Friday night, hosting Iowa State in the first event of the 2013-14 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series at the Iowa Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. (CT). Iowa rounds out the weekend with a Sunday afternoon matchup against Wright State at 1 p.m.

The first 300 fans through the gates will receive free Iowa Corn gold pom-poms. Face painting and inflatable games will also be available. Friday’s game is also I-Club Day, Girl Scout Night, and Camper Reunion Night. Following the conclusion of the contest, there will be a post-match fireworks show to celebrate the Iowa victory in the 2012-13 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series.

Iowa State opened the 2013 season with three straight victories over South Dakota State, South Dakota and Western Illinois, before falling to Big Ten foe Minnesota, 1-0, on Sept. 1.

Senior Emily Goldstein is currently second in the Big 12 with two assists, and is second on the team with one goal. Seniors Erin Green and Jennifer Dominguez lead Iowa State with two goals apiece.

The Cyclones have out shot their opponents 57-38 in 2013 and have allowed only one shot on goal in the first half of any game this season. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Jobe holds a record of 3-1 with a 0.75 goals against average. She has made 13 saves and tallied one shutout.

Iowa State is led by fifth-year head coach Wendy Dillinger.

Iowa holds an 8-5-2 record in matchups against Iowa State, and has won the last five matches against the Cyclones. During the five-game winning streak the Hawkeyes have out scored Iowa State, 16-4.

Iowa’s Ron Rainey is unbeaten against the Cyclones in seven meetings as head coach, posting a 6-0-1 record in seven games. As a Hawkeye coach (seven years as head coach, two years as assistant), Rainey is 6-1-2 against Iowa State.

Wright State is currently 2-1-1, winning its last match against Nevada, 1-0, on Sept. 1. Before heading to Iowa City, the Raiders face Western Michigan on Thursday night in Kalamazoo.

Senior Emilie Fillion leads Wright State with three goals, seven points, and one assist. The Saint- Hubert, Quebec, native has attempted 21 of the team’s 38 shots on the season.

Senior goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy has allowed three goals, made 22 saves and posted one shutout. She currently holds a 0.68 goals against average.

The Raiders are led by ninth-year head coach Pat Ferguson.

This is the first meeting between the two schools.

The Hawkeyes defeated Pacific, 2-0, on Sept. 1 behind goals from senior Alex Melin and junior Cloe Lacasse.

The Tigers played with 10 players after two yellow-cards led to an ejection in the middle of the first half.

Junior Hannah Clark posted her third shutout of the season, pushing her goals allowed average to 0.25, the second-best mark in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes have been dominant in non-league competition dating back to the 2011 season. The Hawkeyes have compiled a 22-0 nonconference record during the stretch.

Iowa’s last nonconference loss came during the 2010 season against Nebraska, a year before it joined the Big Ten.

Since the 2011 season, the Hawkeyes have outscored their nonconference opponents, 72-9.

After defeating UC Davis on Aug. 30 and Pacific on Sept. 1, the Hawkeyes captured the Pacific Soccer Classic team title.

Senior Alex Melin, juniors Melanie Pickert, Caitlin Brown, Cloe Lacasse, and sophomore Hannah Clark were named to the all-tournament team.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Clark was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after posting consecutive shutouts and leading the Hawkeyes to the team title at the Pacific Soccer Classic. The Fort Collins, Colo., native made six saves on the weekend and had a 0.00 goals against average and a 1.000 saves percentage. The honor is the second of Clark’s career.

Sophomore Hannah Clark ranks among the top-three in the Big Ten in three different statistical categories. The Colorado native’s three shutouts and .917 saves percentage are tops among the league’s 12 goalkeepers and her 0.25 goals against average is the second best figure in the conference.

Iowa has attempted and connected on a penalty kick in three of its first four regular season games.

In the Hawkeyes’ Aug. 23 match at Drake, sophomore Lana Bonekemper netted the only goal with a penalty kick in the 75th minute, yielding a 1-0 victory for Iowa.

Senior Ashley Catrell scored a goal via a penalty kick in Iowa’s Aug. 25 victory over Western Michigan, after senior Alex Melin drew hard contact from the Bronco’s goalie in the box.

Junior Cloe Lacasse put a penalty kick past Pacific goalkeeper Tashia Long after being brought down in the box in the 77th minute in the contest. The Hawkeyes were 4-of-4 in penalty kicks in 2012.

In four games, Iowa has outshot its opponents, 67-39. In the first half alone, the Hawkeyes have attempted 41 shots compared to their opposition’s 19.

Junior Melanie Pickert has collected four points on the season, and is more than halfway to her 2012 total of seven.

Pickert has two goals on the season, doubling her 2012 output, and pushing her career total to three. Pickert’s two goals are tied for 10th in the Big Ten.

Junior Emily Scott joined the Hawkeye soccer program this fall after two seasons at Milwaukee. Scott started every game as a freshman at central defender, and played every minute of the 2012 season at the position.

The Tinley Park, Ill. native tallied a goal in an exhibition match against her former team on Aug. 17.

Iowa will appear on BTN at least once this season, and the Big Ten Digital Network at least three times.

The Hawkeyes’ Sept. 22 contest with Michigan will be broadcast live on BTN. The match will begin at 1 p.m. (CT).

The Big Ten Digital Network will broadcast Iowa’s games against Northern Iowa (Sept. 17), Michigan State (Oct. 6), and Ohio State (Oct. 27).

The BTN will also be televising the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 6-10.

Iowa’s 2012 leading scorers, senior Ashley Catrell and junior Cloe Lacasse, currently lead the team in shots attempted on the season.

Catrell, who scored seven goals in 2012, has attempted 12 shots, with six on goal. She has one goal on the season.

Lacasse also has 14 shots and eight shots on goal. The Sudbury, Ontario, native currently has two goals on the season, tied for the team lead. She scored 13 goals last season.

In two-plus years, junior Cloe Lacasse has made her mark on the Iowa soccer program.

The Sudbury, Ontario, native is currently third for the most goals in a career (27), surpassing Katelynn Quinn (25) after her consecutive one-goal games against UC Davis and Pacific last weekend. She currently ranks third in career points (68), and fourth in career shots (166).

Lacasse has led Iowa in goals scored, points, and shots taken in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Lacasse was named Iowa’s MVP in 2012, scoring goals in each of the team’s first nine matches. She was named to the Madness’ 2012 All-Big Ten first-team by, and was an All-Great Lakes Region second team honoree by the NSCAA.

In the most recent NSCAA Coaches Poll, in the Top 25.

Penn State (2-1-1) fell to No. 14 from its previous spot at No. 9. Michigan (4-0-0) moved up three spots to No. 11, while Ohio State also moved up three positions to No. 21. Wisconsin cracked the polls for the first time this season, making its debut at No. 23.

Illinois received votes.

In his eighth season as Iowa head coach, Ron Rainey is the winningest coach in school history. He has compiled a 69-60-16 record, which includes 29 victories the past two plus seasons. The stretch is the best in program history, including a 13-win season in 2011.

Senior Alex Melin and junior Caitlin Brown have been voted team captains for the 2013 Iowa soccer team.