Sept. 3, 2014
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The University of Iowa soccer team heads to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State in the first Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup of the season Friday night. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CT) at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The Hawkeyes follow with a road trip to Fort Collins, Colorado, facing Colorado State at `The Lagoon’ on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).
ON THE WEB
Iowa soccer fans can follow both contests via live stats (GameTracker) on hawkeyesports.com. Click on the “GT” link found on both the front page and the soccer schedule page to access the live stats feed. Fans can also follow @HawkeyeSoccer for live in-game updates.
Friday’s game can be viewed via a live web stream at www.cyclones.com via a pay-for watch service.
? Iowa has opened the season with a 4-0 start for the fourth-straight season. The Hawkeyes shutout their first three opponents before surrendering a pair of goals Sept. 1 against Butler. The three shutouts are tied for the Big Ten lead.
? Iowa is one of five teams remaining unbeaten in the Big Ten Conference, along with Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State, and Rutgers.
? The Hawkeyes have won 30-straight regular season nonconference games. Iowa went 8-0 in nonleague games in 2011 and 2013 and 9-0 in 2012.
? Iowa is out-shooting its opponents, 76-39, in four games this season, which includes a 39-14 advantage in shots on goal.
? Senior goalkeeper Kiley Beck is tied for the Big Ten lead with three shutouts. She is also tops in the conference in goals against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.000).
? Senior Cloe Lacasse is second in the Big Ten in goals (5) and points (11). Lacasse has scored at least one goal in each of the last three contests.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
The Cyclones (2-2) enter Friday’s Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup having defeated Mississippi State and Saint Louis. Head coach Tony Minatta is in his fi rst season at Iowa State where he leads a Big 12 squad that returns six starters from a team that fi nished 9-9-2 overall last year. The Cyclones have scored eight goals through four games this season, with sophomores Koree Willer and Adalie Schmidt posting two each.
IOWA STATE VS. IOWA — THE SERIES
The Hawkeyes have won the last six meetings in the series with Iowa State, pushing its advantage to 9-5-2 all-time. Iowa has shut out the Cyclones on six different occasions, including a 3-0 victory last season in Iowa City.
SCOUTING COLORADO STATE
Second-year head coach Bill Hempen and Colorado State (1-1) knocked off Northern Colorado on Aug. 28, 1-0. It was Rams’ first home victory in its two-year program history. In two games, junior Gianna Bertana has scored the lone goal for the Rams. CSU finished 2-13-3 overall last season.
COLORADO STATE VS. IOWA — THE SERIES
Sunday’s contest marks the first meeting between the two schools.
GOING HOME Iowa will have a pair of players returning to their hometowns this weekend. Freshman Katharine Woodruff returns to Ames, Iowa, when the Hawkeyes face Iowa State, while junior Hannah Clark heads home Sunday when Iowa faces Colorado State in Fort Collins.
The Hawkeyes held off a late push from Butler to earn a 3-2 victory on Sept. 1 at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Seniors Cloe Lacasse and Melanie Pickert and freshman Aubree Larson each scored goals to help Iowa pick up its fourth-straight victory.
? has scored in three-straight contests for the Hawkeyes, including a pair of two-goal games — the seventh and eighth of her UI career.
? moved into second place in school history in goals and points in Iowa’s 3-0 win over Fresno State. Lacasse currently has 36 goals and 93 points for her career.
? has five goals and one assist for 11 points in 2014. As a junior, she had six goals and seven assists in 23 games.
? is second in the Big Ten in goals (5), points (11), and shots (23).
? is in a six-way tie for second nationally in goals scored.
BECK SHINES IN GOAL
After playing five games total in her first three seasons, senior Kiley Beck has posted three shutouts in Iowa’s first four contests. Beck has a spotless 0.00 goals against average and a 1.000 saves percentage in 330:24 minutes, where she has made nine saves.
? Beck posted her first career shutout and victory in her first career start in the season opening double overtime victory at Northern Iowa on Aug. 23. She followed with her second and third shutout, leading Iowa to wins over Illinois-Chicago and Fresno State.
– Freshman Katharine Woodruff got the Hawkeyes on the scoreboard in 2014 when she netted the game-winning goal in the 1-0 double-overtime win at Northern Iowa on Sept. 22.
– Freshman Aubree Larson tallied a pair of assists in Iowa’s 4-0 win at Illinois-Chicago on Aug. 24, and she has scored goals in consecutive games, putting her in a tie for second on the team.
– Natalie Krygier, a transfer from Connecticut, leads the team with three assists. The sophomore registered a pair of assists in Iowa’s 3-0 victory over Fresno State on Aug. 29.
BROWN: A CONSTANT
Senior Caitlin Brown is the only Iowa player to log every minute of game action this season. The defender has played every minute for the past 39 games dating back to the 2012 season — a streak of 3,629 minutes.
IOWA NINTH IN REGIONAL RANKINGS
Iowa fell to ninth in the latest Great Lakes Region poll, released by the NSCAA on Sept. 2. The Hawkeyes debuted in the rankings at No. 7. Big Ten schools occupy the top nine spots in the 10-team rankings.
Iowa hasn’t lost a regular season non-league game since the 2010 season. The Hawkeyes have compiled a 30-1 nonconference record during the stretch with the only blemish coming at No. 23 Notre Dame in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
Senior Melanie Pickert has started all 68 games of her Iowa career, while fellow seniors Caitlin Brown and Cloe Lacasse have started 67-of-68 games as Hawkeyes.
Seniors Kiley Beck, Caitlin Brown, and Melanie Pickert have been voted team captains for the 2014 Iowa soccer team.
LACASSE HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
In three-plus years, junior Cloe Lacasse has made her mark on the Iowa soccer program.
The Sudbury, Ontario, native is currently second in career goals (36), points (93), shots (247), game-winning goals (11), and assists (21). Lacasse led Iowa in goals scored, points, and shots taken in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
She capped off her junior year by garnering second-team All-Big Ten selection and second-team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honors.
NEW FACE AT THE HELM
First-year head coach Dave DiIanni takes over the Hawkeyes’ program after a successful run at Grand Valley State. DiIanni amassed a 221-18-18 record with the Lakers and guided the team to three NCAA Division II national championships and nine-consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference titles.
Assistant coach Erica Demers joins the Hawkeye staff after spending the last nine years with DiIanni at Grand Valley State.
DIIANNI IN GOOD COMPANY
In 11 seasons at Grand Valley State, head coach Dave DiIanni posted a 221-18-18 overall record for a .895 winning percentage. The mark was the third-best all-time in women’s soccer history entering the 2014 season.
RETURN OF THE SCORING LEADERS
Iowa returns three of its top four scorers from last year in seniors Melanie Pickert, Cloe Lacasse and sophomore Bri Toelle.
Pickert led the way with seven goals, Lacasse scored six goals last season, pushing her career total to 31, and Toelle added four goals in her first season as a Hawkeye.
3 HAWKEYES ON B1G PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Caitlin Brown, Cloe Lacasse, and Melanie Pickert were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list.
RETURNING ALL-BIG TEN SELECTIONS
Cloe Lacasse and Melanie Pickert return for their senior seasons after earning secondteam All-Big Ten honors a year ago. Sophomore Amanda Lulek was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team last season.
HAWKEYES ON TV
The Hawkeyes’ Sept. 25 home contest against Maryland will be broadcast live on BTN. The network will also be televise the Big Ten Tournament from Nov. 5-9 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Iowa will also appear four times — Illinois (Sept. 11), Northwestern (Sept. 13), Indiana (Oct. 17), and Purdue (Oct. 19) — on BTN Plus (which can be accessed via www.btn2go.com).
B1G IN THE POLLS
Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin are ranked in the latest NSCAA Top 25 poll of the 2014 season. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 8, the Wolverines came in at No. 10, and the Badgers were voted 19th. Ohio State, Nebraska, and Rutgers are all receiving votes.
Iowa opens Big Ten Conference play, hosting Illinois on Sept. 11 at the Iowa Soccer Complex beginning at 7 p.m. (CT). ?