Hawkeyes Set To Host Cyclones

Sept. 9, 2015

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    The University of Iowa soccer team returns home to host in-state rival Iowa State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CT) in the first Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup of the season Friday night. The Hawkeyes close out the weekend Sunday, hosting Illinois-Chicago at 1 p.m.

    Iowa soccer fans can follow all home 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. Iowa matches will also be streamed on Hawkeye All-Access — a subscription based service.


    ? Friday is Military Appreciation Night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The first 500 fans will receive a free Herky the Hawk Bobblehead.
    ? Sunday is University of Iowa Sustainability Day. The first 75 fans will receive an Iowa Tote Bag. There will also be a postgame autograph session with the Hawkeyes.

    ? The Cyclones bring a 4-2-0 record into Friday’s match. Last weekend, Iowa State went 1-1 on a trip West, downing Colorado College, 3-0, before falling, 2-1, at Colorado on Sept. 6.
    ? Iowa State has scored 10 goals in six games this season with Haley Albert leading the team with three goals and two assists. Six different Cyclone players have scored.
    ? The Cyclones defeated 10th-ranked Pepperdine, 1-0, on Aug. 30 in Malibu, California. The win was ISU’s first win against a top-10 team in program history.
    ? Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Hendon was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8 — her second accolade of the season. Hendon has a Big 12-leading four shutouts in 2015, while posting a 0.66 goals against average. She has 28 saves — second- most in the conference — and an .875 save percentage.
    ? Iowa State is led by head coach Tony Minatta, who is in his third season.

    ? The Hawkeyes lead the all-times series 9-6-2. The Cyclones ended a six-losing streak in the series in 2014, winning 2-1 in Ames.
    ? Iowa has shut out the Cyclones on six different occasions, including a 3-0 victory on Sept. 6, 2013 — the two team’s last meeting in Iowa City.

    ? The Flames bring a 2-4-0 record into Sunday’s match. UIC split a pair of contests last weekend, downing SIU Edwardsville, 1-0 in overtime, on Sept. 4 before falling 3-1 at Eastern Michigan.
    ? UIC has scored six goals in six matches this season. Olivia Everin has a team-high two strikes, and she is tied for the team points lead with Emily Wauer with four.
    ? Kelly Fritz has played all but 10 minutes in goal for the Flames, posting a 2.52 goals against average with 31 saves and one shutout.
    ? UIC is led by head coach Brian Rigby, who is in his second season.

    Iowa claimed the first meeting against UIC in 2014, winning 4-0 in Chicago.

    ? Junior Bri Toelle leads the Big Ten in shots (41), shots per game (8.2), assists (4) and assists per game (0.8). Toelle has scored at least one goal in three of the last five contests.
    ? Freshman Alina Magruder and sophomore Karly Stuenkel are second on the team with two goals this season.
    ? Iowa is out-shooting its opponents, 93-48, in five games this season, which includes a 45-20 advantage in shots on goal.
    ? Six of Iowa’s nine goals have come in the second half or later, with five goals scored in the second and one overtime goal.
    ? The Hawkeyes have used a different starting lineup in all five contests. Six players — Hannah Clark, Brooke Backes, Jenna Kentgen, Kyrie Seying, Rachele Armand, and Amanda Lulek have started every game.
    ? Iowa currently ranks 10th in the Great Lakes region of the NSCAA poll.
    ? Magruder was named the Big Ten Fresh- man of the Week on Aug. 25 — Iowa’s first Freshman of the Week honoree since 2012.

    McKenzie Warren’s goal in the 73rd minute was the difference, as Montana handed the University of Iowa soccer team its first loss of the season, 1-0, on Sept. 6 at the South Campus Stadium.

    The Hawkeyes had three solid chances –from Bri Toelle, Amanda Lulek, and Hannah Kousheh — in the final five minutes to net the equalizer, but Montana goalkeeper Kailey Norman was able to hold them off. Iowa out-shot Montana, 19-10, in the contest, with nine of the attempts on goal, while senior Hannah Clark made two saves in 90 minutes.

    Junior Bri Toelle tied the school record for single game assists after notching three assists in Iowa’s 4-0 victory over Nebraska Omaha on Aug. 23. Toelle shares the school record with Morgan Showalter (8/23/08) and Jenna Sorensen (9/5/97).

    The Hawkeyes have broken into the top 10 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region rankings. Big Ten Conference schools occupy nine of the 10 spots in the team rankings.

    Senior Brooke Backes scored the first game-winning goal in Iowa’s 2-1 come- from-behind victory over Utah State on Sept. 4. The strike was Backes’ first goal since her freshman season and her third career strike.

    Junior forward Bri Toelle is leading the team with three goals and 10 points early in the 2015 season. The Virginia native is one goal shy of matching a career high she set as a freshman in 2013.

    ? Iowa scored two goals in the span of 1:39 seconds in its 2-1 win over Utah State.
    ? The Hawkeyes scored their third and fourth goals in a span of 29 seconds in their 4-0 win over Omaha on Aug. 23.

    University of Iowa midfielder Alina Magruder was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Aug. 25 after scoring a pair of goals in Iowa’s 4-0 victory over Omaha. The honor is the first of Magruder’s career and she is the first Hawkeye freshman to earn the weekly conference honor since Hannah Clark on Oct. 8, 2012.

    Senior Hannah Clark has been named Iowa’s team captain for the 2015 season.

    Senior Hannah Clark and juniors Amanda Lulek and Corey Burns were named Big Ten Players to Watch for the 2015 season.

    Clark started 17 matches last season, logging 1,598 minutes in goal. She 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).

    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.

    Burns saw action in 20-of-22 games last season with 20 starts. The Green Oaks, Illinois, native led the team in assists (seven), and helped lead Iowa’s defense that ranked second in the Big Ten in shutouts and fourth in goals against average (0.75).

    Iowa will appear on BTN/BTN Plus on BTN2Go eight times during the 2015 season. The Hawkeyes’ Oct. 11 home contest against Minnesota will be broadcast live on BTN.

    BTN Plus will stream Iowa’s games against Michigan State (Sept. 18), Michigan (Sept. 20), Ohio State (Sept. 25), Wisconsin (Oct. 8), Illinois (Oct. 15), Nebraska (Oct. 23) and Rutgers (Oct. 28).

    BTN will also be televising the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 1-8.

    ? broke the school record for career shutouts in Iowa’s 1-0 victory at Michigan State on Oct. 2, 2014. Clark currently has 22 career shutouts.
    ? was 10-5-1 with nine shutouts and a 0.84 goals against average in 2014. The nine shutouts are the second most in a single season, while the 10 wins are the sixth-most in program history. Clark also holds the school record in both categories, posting 10 shutouts and 15 wins in 2013.
    ? had four consecutive shutouts from Sept. 7-20, where she had sevens saves over 379:26 scoreless minutes. It was the second-straight season she had a four- game shutout streak.
    ? Clark has 33 career victories, the second- most in Iowa history, and her 233 career saves rank third in the UI record books. She is two wins shy of passing Emily Moran as the program’s all-time wins leader.

    Penn State, Ohio State, and Rutgers are ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 poll as of Sept. 8.

    Penn State is ranked No. 7, Ohio State sits at No. 15, and Rutgers was voted No. 19. Wisconsin (9) and Michigan (6) are receiving votes.

    The Hawkeyes enter the season with five starters returning from last year’s 14-win team. Head coach Dave DiIanni will lead a Hawkeye squad that features 10 incoming freshmen and one transfer in junior Rachele Armand. Iowa’s five returning starters are juniors Amanda Lulek, Bri Toelle, Natalie Krygier, and Corey Burns, and senior goalkeeper Hannah Clark.

    2014 IN REVIEW
    The Hawkeyes finished the 2014 season with a 14-7-1 overall and 7-5-1 Big Ten record. The seven conference victories ties the program record for Big Ten wins in a single season, and the 14 wins are the second most in school history. After entering the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 5 seed, Iowa posted victories over No. 23 Rutgers and Northwestern to advance to the conference tournament championship game for a second straight season.

    The Hawkeyes finished 2014 with a school-record 14 shutouts in 22 games to rank 20th nationally with a .545 shutout percentage. Iowa’s defense also was in the top 35 in the country in saves percentage (31st, .838) and goals against average (35th, .754).

    Academically, the Hawkeyes garnered the NSCAA Team Academic Award for an eighth straight season, and nine soccer student-athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors. Seniors Caitlin Brown and Emily Scott received Scholar All-Region recognition.

    The Hawkeyes travel to East Lansing, Michigan, to open Big Ten play Sept. 18 against Michigan State. The game will begin at 4 p.m. (CT) at the DeMartin Soccer Complex.

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