Hawkeyes Head to Lincoln to Face No. 23 Nebraska

Oct. 1, 2013

Weekly Release

THE MATCH-UP
The University of Iowa women’s soccer team continues its Big Ten road trip, heading to Lincoln, Neb., to face No. 23 Nebraska at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes will then return home to face Michigan State on Oct. 6 in the “Pink Game” at the Iowa Soccer Complex beginning at 1 p.m. (CT).

SUNDAY PROMOTIONS
Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness for Sunday’s match against Michigan State. Hawkeye players will sign autographs after the completion of the match.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA
Nebraska holds an 8-2-1 record with a 3-0-0 record in Big Ten Conference play, and a No. 23 ranking in the latest NSCAA national poll. The Huskers defeated Northwestern, 2-1, and Illinois, 3-2, on the road in their last two contests. Freshman Jaycie Johnson has scored seven goals on the season, tied for third-most in the Big Ten. Junior Mayme Conroy is second on the team in goals (5), and is tied with Johnson with a team-high three game-winning goals. Senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens holds a 1.17 goals against average and a .735 save percentage on the year. She has made 36 saves and recorded two shutouts. John Walker is in his 20th season as head coach of the Huskers.

NEBRASKA VS. IOWA — THE SERIES
Nebraska leads the all-time series over Iowa, 5-0. The Huskers won last season’s meeting in overtime, 2-1, at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State holds a 7-2-2 record with a 1-2-0 record in Big Ten Conference play. In their last game, the Spartans fell to No. 18 Wisconsin, 2-0. Sophomore Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz leads the team in goals (4), and is 2-of-2 on penalty kicks on the season. Sophomore Allyson Krause has attempted a team-high 25 shots, scoring three goals and tallying a team-high four assists. Two goalkeepers have seen significant time in goal for Michigan State. Junior Courtney Clem has started eight games, and currently holds a 0.92 goals against average. Sophomore Gabrielle Gaurauder has started two games, holds a 1.11 goals against average, and has a record of 3-0. Tom Saxton is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Spartans.

MICHIGAN STATE-IOWA — THE SERIES
Michigan State leads the all-time series over Iowa, 9-4-4. The last meeting between the two schools ended in a tie, 0-0, in East Lansing, Mich.

LAST GAME
Iowa defeated Northwestern, 1-0, at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., on Sept. 29. Senior Ashley Catrell scored her team-best fourth goal via a penalty kick in the 85th minute for the only goal of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Clark notched her sixth shutout of the season, making eight saves in the process.

CATRELL THRIVING
Senior Ashley Catrell is making the most of her final season as a Hawkeye, leading Iowa in multiple categories. The Overland Park, Kan., native leads Iowa with 39 shots, four goals, and 11 points. Her two game-winning goals are tied for the team lead, and she holds the second-highest assist total (3).

IOWA 10TH IN GREAT LAKES REGION
The Hawkeyes are ranked 10th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Great Lakes Region rankings that were released Sept. 24. Big Ten teams take up nine of the 10 spots in the poll; Penn State (1), Michigan (2), Wisconsin (3), Nebraska (4), Ohio State (6), Illinois (7), Indiana (8), and Minnesota (9).

SCORELESS STREAK
Iowa’s defense posted a scoreless streak of 435:36 from Aug. 25 to Sept. 13. During the stretch, the Hawkeyes tallied four straight shutouts.

NONCONFERENCE DOMINANCE
The Hawkeyes have been dominant in non-league competition dating back to the 2011 season. The Hawkeyes have compiled a 25-0 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 out scored their nonconference opponents, 81-12.

PICKERT NETS NO. 3
Junior Melanie Pickert scored her career-best third goal in Iowa’s 3-2 victory over Saint Louis. The defender blasted a free kick from 40 yards out to net the first goal of the contest. The Canton, Mich., native has career-highs in goals (3) and points (8) in 2013, while being a key part of an Iowa defense that has posted five shutouts.

CLARK IN B1G
Sophomore Hannah Clark ranks among the top-five in the Big Ten in three different statistical categories. The Colorado native’s six shutouts and 0.55 shutouts per game are second among the league’s 12 goalkeepers and her 0.73 goals against average ranks fourth.

BALANCED SCORING
Eight different Iowa players have scored at least one goal thus far in 2013. Senior Ashley Catrell leads the team with four strikes, while senior Alex Melin and junior Melanie Pickert are are tied for second with three strikes apiece. Junior Cloe Lacasse has a team-best five assists, and Melin has two game-winning goals, which are tied for the fifth-most in the Big Ten.

OUTSHOOTING, OUT SCORING
In 11 games, Iowa has out shot its opponents, 172-101. The Hawkeyes have limited the opposition to 45 shots on goal and a .079 shot percentage. Offensively, Iowa has a 19-8 advantage in goals.

IRON WOMAN
Junior Caitlin Brown is the only position player to play every minute for the Hawkeyes in 2013. Brown, who has played all 990 minutes along with goalkeeper Hannah Clark, has anchored an Iowa defense that surrenders just 9.2 shots per game.

BREAKING RECORDS, BEATING RIVALS
The Hawkeyes continued their dominance over Iowa State on Sept. 6, beating the Cyclones 3-0 in front of a record crowd of 1,594 at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The crowd bested the previous high mark of 975 fans set in the 2011 season. The win was the sixth-straight for Iowa in the series. In those six games, Iowa has out scored the Cyclones 19-4.

CLARK EARNS B1G HONOR
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.

LACASSE HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
In two-plus years, junior Cloe Lacasse has made her mark on the Iowa soccer program. The Sudbury, Ontario, native is currently third in career goals (27), points (72), game-winning goals (8) and third in shots (188). Lacasse surpassed Katelyn Quinn (187) on Sept. 29 against Northwestern. 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 CollegeSportsMadness.com, and was an All-Great Lakes Region second team honoree by the NSCAA.

HAWKEYES TAKE TOURNEY TITLE
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.

HAWKEYES ON TV
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 was broadcast live on BTN. The Hawkeyes fell to the Wolverines, 2-1. 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.

ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH
In his eighth season as Iowa head coach, Ron Rainey is the winningest coach in school history. He has compiled a 74-62-16 record, which includes 34 victories the past two plus seasons. The stretch is the best in program history, including a 13-win season in 2011.

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