Aug. 12, 2015
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Clark started 17 matches last season, logging 1,598 minutes in goal. The Fort Collins, Colorado, native ranked third in the Big Ten in save percentage (.844), tied for third in shutouts (9), and ranked fourth in goals against average (0.79). She anchored a Hawkeye defense that set the school record for most shutouts in a season (12) and fewest goals allowed in a season (16).
Lulek, a native of Geneva, Illinois, started 13 games as a sophomore. The defender played every minute in five games, including all 103 minutes (two overtimes) of the Big Ten title game against No. 11 Wisconsin. Lulek also netted her first career goal — a game-winner — in Iowa’s 1-0 victory at Minnesota on Sept. 20.
Burns saw action in 20-of-22 games last season with 20 starts. The Green Oaks, Illinois, native led the team in assists (7), and she was 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. Burns helped lead Iowa’s defense that ranked second in the Big Ten in shutouts and fourth in goals against average (0.75).
The Hawkeyes were tabbed to finish 11th of 14 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll. Penn State was tabbed as the league favorite, following by Michigan and Rutgers.
Iowa opens its season Friday, traveling to Normal, Illinois, for an exhibition contest against Illinois State at 7 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes begin regular season play at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Aug. 21, hosting Pacific at 7 p.m.