Sept. 23, 2015
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The University of Iowa soccer team returns home to the Iowa Soccer Complex this weekend for a pair of Big Ten Conference contests. The Hawkeyes host Ohio State on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) before facing No. 12 Penn State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Both weekend contests will be streamed live on BTN Plus. Visit www.btn2go.com (subscription required) to watch the action.
ON THE WEB
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.
Friday night’s game against Ohio State is Community Appreciation Night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The first 100 fans will receive a free Iowa soccer scarf and there will be postgame fireworks.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
? The Buckeyes, who are receiving votes in the latest NSCAA top 25 poll, bring a 5-2-2 record into Friday’s match. Last weekend, Ohio State went 0-1-1 at home, falling to Minnesota, 2-1, before tying Wisconsin in double overtime on Sept. 20.
? Ohio State has scored 15 goals in nine games this season with Nichelle Prince leading the team with three goals and four assists. Nine different Buckeye players have scored — four of which have multiple goals.
? Three Buckeyes have seen time in goal in 2015. Jillian McVicker has posted a 4-2-2 record with one shutout in nine starts. She has a 0.89 goals against average with 17 saves.
? Ohio State is led by head coach Lori Walker, who is in her 19th season. Buckeye assistant coach Nick Flohre spent two years (2012-13) on the Iowa coaching staff under Ron Rainey.
OHIO STATE VS. IOWA — THE SERIES
? The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 11-6-1.
? Iowa and Ohio State have split the last four meetings. Iowa won 2-1 last season in Columbus.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
? The Nittany Lions, who are ranked 12th in the NSCAA poll, bring a 6-2-1 record into the weekend. Penn State went 1-1 last weekend, downing Wisconsin, 4-0, before falling, 1-0, to Minnesota on Sept. 20.
? Penn State has scored 17 goals in nine games this season with Mallory Weber leading the team with five goals and two assists. Seven different Penn State players have scored.
? The Nittany Lions’ Britt Eckerstrom has started every game this season in goal. She has a 0.56 goals against average with 29 saves and three shutouts.
? Penn State is led by head coach Erica Walsh, who is in her ninth season.
PENN STATE VS. IOWA — THE SERIES
? The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series, 20-2-0.
? Iowa posted its first two wins of the series in 2013, winning 3-2 at home Oct. 25 before winning 1-0 at the Big Ten Tournament.
? Penn State edged Iowa, 2-1, last season in University Park.
? Iowa will face its first ranked foe of the season when Penn State comes to Iowa City on Sunday. The Hawkeyes went 1-2-1 against ranked teams last season with a win over No. 23 Rutgers, 1-0, at the Big Ten Tournament and a draw at No. 12 Wisconsin.
? Senior Hannah Clark currently ranks third in the Big Ten in saves per game (4.22) and fourth in saves (38) and save percentage (.864).
? Iowa is outscoring opponents by a margin of 14-6 and is outshooting opposing teams, 132-114, in nine games this season, which includes a 68-44 advantage in shots on goal.
? Junior Bri Toelle leads the Big Ten in shots per game (5.67) and is second in the league in shots (51). Toelle, who has scored four goals this season, is tied for fifth in the league in goals.
? Sophomore Karly Stuenkel is second on the team with three goals and two assists for eight points this season. She notched her first game-winning goal in Iowa’s, 2-1, overtime victory over UNI.
? Eight of Iowa’s 14 goals have come in the second half or later, with seven goals scored in the second and one overtime goal.
? The Hawkeyes finished nonconference play with a 6-1 record. Iowa is 36-2 in the nonconference during the last five seasons.
? Magruder was named the Big Ten Fresh- man of the Week on Aug. 25 — Iowa’s first Freshman of the Week honoree since 2012.
Iowa lost a heartbreaker at Michigan, 1-0, on Sept. 20. The Wolverines scored on a header in the final minute of the game.
CLARK EYES HISTORY
Senior Hannah Clark has been in goal for 35 wins in her UI soccer career. With her next victory, Clark will surpass Emily Moran as the winningest goalkeeper in program history. Clark is also the school record holder in career shutouts (26), and is third all-time with 254 saves.
Freshman Alina Magruder, who made her first career start at Michigan on Sept. 20, has three goals in 226 minutes in 2015. She is averaging 25 minutes of action a game. Magruder scored her third goal Sept. 18 at Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes allowed three goals during their nonconference slate, tied for the second-fewest in the league. Senior Hannah Clark is tied for fifth in the conference in goals against average (0.66) and tied for fifth in shutouts (4).
TOELLE PACES TEAM
Junior forward Bri Toelle is leading the team with four goals, four assists, and 12 points early in the 2015 season. The four goals tied a career-high and the Virginia native matched her career high points she set as a freshman in 2013.
TOELLE TIES PROGRAM RECORD
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. The total is the high water mark in the Big Ten this season.
Toelle shares the Iowa school record with Morgan Showalter (Sept. 23, 2008) and Jenna Sorensen (Sept. 5, 1997).
? Freshman Hannah Brobst notched her first career goal, minutes into her first game as a Hawkeye in Iowa’s 3-0, win over UIC on Sept. 13.
? 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.
MAGRUDER NAMED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
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. She is joined on Iowa’s Leadership Council by senior Sarah Mazur, juniors Corey Burns and Amanda Lulek, and redshirt freshman Aubree Larson.
B1G IN THE POLLS
Penn State, Rutgers and Ohio State are ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 poll as of Sept. 22.
Penn State is ranked No. 4, Rutgers was voted No. 15, and Ohio State sits at No. 20. Wisconsin (8) and Michigan (2) are receiving votes.
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).
The Hawkeyes travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Oct. 3 to take on Indiana at Yeagley Field. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT).