Oct. 7, 2014
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The University of Iowa soccer team hits the road for a matchup with No. 12 Wisconsin on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CT) at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wisconsin.
Fans can watch Wednesday’s game at Wisconsin live on BTN Plus on BTN2Go. The subsciption-based service can be accessed on www.btn2go.com.
ON THE WEB
Iowa soccer fans can follow Wednesday’s contest 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.
? Iowa is second in the Big Ten with eight shutouts in 13 games this season, five by Hannah Clark and three by Kiley Beck. Clark had her streak of four-consecutive shutouts and 379:26 scoreless minutes snapped in a 1-0 loss to Maryland on Sept. 25.
? Iowa is outscoring opponents by a margin of 21-10 and is outshooting opposing teams, 190-155, through 13 games this season.
? Senior Cloe Lacasse is tied for sixth in the Big Ten in goals (7), fifth in points (18), and second in shots (58).
? Iowa has used 10 different starting lineups in 13 games this season.
Wisconsin, ranked 12th in the NSCAA poll and 14th by Soccer America, brings an 11-2-0 overall and a 5-2-0 conference record into Wednesday’s game. After reeling off four-straight wins, the Badgers had their streak come to a close when they dropped a 2-0 decision against No. 7 Penn State. It was the second time all season Wisconsin allowed two goals in a contest. The Badgers lead the league with nine shutouts. Senior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard has started all 13 contests, tallying 35 saves and a Big Ten-best seven shutouts. Nine different players have scored goals for Wisconsin, including two of the Big Ten’s top scorers in senior Cara Wells (8) and junior Kinley McNicoll (7).
WISCONSIN VS. IOWA — THE SERIES
? The Badgers lead the all-time series, 10-5-2. Wisconsin won last year’s meeting in Madison, 2-1.
? Iowa has won two of the last three matches in the series with its most recent victory coming in 2012 when the Hawkeyes defeated the Badgers, 2-1, in Iowa City.
A second half surge from Michigan was too much to handle for the University of Iowa women’s soccer team as the Hawkeyes fell, 4-2, to the Wolverines on Oct. 5 at the UM Soccer Stadium. After playing to a 2-2 tie in the opening half, Michigan scored 56 seconds into the second half before going on to claim the two-goal victory.
IN SEARCH OF WIN NO. 10
With its next victory, Iowa will post its 10th win for the fourth-consecutive season — extending the longest stretch in program history. The Hawkeyes won 13 games in 2011, 12 in 2012 and a school-record 15 games last season.
? has scored in four contests this season, including three two-goal games, pushing her career total to 10 as a Hawkeye.
? tallied her 100th career point in Iowa’s 2-0 victory over Illinois on Sept. 11, assisting on Nicole Urban’s strike. Lacasse is the second player in Iowa history to reach the 100-point mark.
? currently ranks second in Iowa history with 38 goals and 100 points. Sarah Lynch is the record holder with 112 points and 46 goals.
? has seven goals and four assists for 18 points in 2014. As a junior, she had six goals and seven assists in 23 games.
IOWA SIXTH IN REGIONAL RANKINGS
The Hawkeyes remain at the No. 6 spot in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region rankings for the second consecutive week. Last week, Iowa defeated Michigan State, 1-0, before falling at Michigan, 4-2. Big Ten schools occupy seven spots in the 10-team rankings.
THE HAWKEYES ARE…
? 5-1 when leading at the half
? 9-2 when scoring first this season
CLARK BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD
Junior Hannah Clark posted her eighth shutout of the year on Oct. 2 in a 1-0 victory at Michigan State. The shutout was the 16th of Clark’s career, moving her into the top spot in program history.
Clark posted four-straight shutouts from Sept. 7-20 — a streak that saw 12 saves over the course of 379:26 scoreless minutes. Clark has recorded a streak of four-straight shutouts in back-to-back seasons.
PICKERT FINDING HER GROOVE
Senior Melanie Pickert has scored in back-to-back games for the Hawkeyes, netting goals at Michigan State on Oct. 2 and Michigan on Oct.5. The Canton, Michigan, native is second on the team in goals scored with six. Three of Pickert’s six goals came via corner kicks.
Sophomore Natalie Krygier became the fourth Hawkeye this season to score her first career goal when she found the back of the net in Iowa’s Oct. 5 game at Michigan. Freshman Aubree Larson and sophomores Amanda Lulek and Corey Burns have also scored their first career goals in 2014.
If you don’t shoot, you can’t score. Iowa’s defense has allowed four or fewer shots on goal in 7-of-13 games this season, and the Hawkeyes have allowed fewer than 10 shots in six contests.
Iowa has tallied 19 assists through 13 games this year. Seven different Hawkeyes have recorded an assist this season with senior Cloe Lacasse and sophomores Bri Toelle and Corey Burns all tied for a team-high with four.
NOT 1, BUT 2 GKS
Senior Kiley Beck and junior Hannah Clark have split time in goal during the 2014 season. Beck is 4-1 with a 0.43 goals against average with 11 saves and three shutouts. Clark is 5-3 with a 0.94 goals against average with 32 saves and five shutouts. Iowa is tied for 19th nationally with a 0.615 shutout percentage.
Prior to the 2014 season, Beck had played in five total games in her first three seasons as a Hawkeye. She posted her first career shutout and win in her first career start — a 1-0 double overtime victory at Northern Iowa on Aug. 23.
IOWA IN NCAA STATS
Iowa ranks in the top-50 in two categories through 13 games. The Hawkeyes rank 19th in shutout percentage (0.615) and 45th in goals against average (0.537).
? Senior Melanie Pickert and sophomore Corey Burns were named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Week on Sept. 16 after leading Iowa to a pair of shutout victories over Illinois and Northwestern.
? Pickert was also named CS 360’s National Primetime Player of the Week on Sept. 16.
? Junior Hannah Clark was tabbed as the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on Sept. 16. She made a combined seven saves in a pair of shutouts over Illinois and Northwestern. On Sept. 23, Clark was tabbed as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after compiling five saves in Iowa’s 1-0 shutout victory at Minnesota.
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 47 games dating back to the 2012 season — a streak of 4,439 minutes.
IOWA MAKING HISTORY
The week of Sept. 21 was a big one for the Hawkeyes. After starting 3-0 in Big Ten play, marking Iowa’s best start in league play in program history, The Hawkeyes were ranked No. 13 in the Sept. 23 Soccer America rankings, the highest ranking in program history. Iowa also broke into the Top Drawer Soccer Top-25, coming in at No. 25 and received votes in the NSCAA poll.
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 (38), points (100), shots (282), game-winning goals (12), and assists (24).
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.
RETURNING ALL-BIG TEN SELECTIONS
Cloe Lacasse and Melanie Pickert return for their senior seasons after earning second-team 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, Wisconsin, and Rutgers are ranked in the latest NSCAA Top 25 poll of the 2014 season. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 6, the Badgers follow at No. 12, and the Scarlet Knights come in at No. 20. Michigan and Illinois are also receiving votes.
The Hawkeyes are off until Oct. 17 when they host Indiana at the UI Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. (CT). The match, which will be streamed live on BTN Plus, will serve as Iowa’s Senior Night.?