Hawkeyes Set for Final B1G Road Trip

Oct. 14, 2015

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The University of Iowa soccer team hits the road for the final two road contests of the season with matchups at Illinois and No. 24 Northwestern. The Hawkeyes take on the Fighting Illini in Champaign on Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT) before facing the Wildcats at Toyota Park — the home of the Chicago Fire — in Bridgeview, Illinois, on Sunday at 12 p.m.


Thursday’s game against Illinois will be streamed live on BTN Plus (subscription required).

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.

? The Fighting Illini bring an 8-3-3 record into Thursday’s match, including a 2-3-3 mark in Big Ten play. Last weekend, Illinois battled Michigan State to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 8, before falling to Michigan, 3-1, on Oct. 11.

? Illinois has scored 23 goals in 14 games this season with Jannelle Flaws leading the team with nine goals and six assists.

? Flaws leads the team — and the Big Ten– with 67 shots this season. Flaws also paces the league in assists (6), shots per game (4.79) and points (24), while ranking second in goals (9) and game-winning goals (4).

? The Fighting Illini’s Claire Wheatley has played every minute in goal, where she has posted 1.08 goals against average. Her 69 saves rank third-best in the league.

? Illinois is led by head coach Janet Rayfield, who is in her 14th season with the program.

? Illinois leads the all-time series, 13-6-1.

? Last season, the Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play with a 2-0 victory over Illinois at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sept. 11. The win was Iowa’s first over the Fighting Illini since 2008 and it was Iowa’s first Big Ten-opening victory since 2007.

? The Wildcats — ranked 24th in the NSCAA poll — bring a 10-3-2 record into Sunday’s match, including a 4-2-1 mark in Big Ten play. Their only blemishes came against Michigan, No. 19 Santa Clara, and No. 9 Penn State.

?Northwestern split last weekend, falling 1-0 to Michigan on Oct. 8, before shutting out to Michigan State, 1-0, on Oct. 11.

? The Wildcats have scored 17 goals in 15 games this season with Addie Steiner leading the team with four goals and five assists.

? The Wildcats’ Lauren Clem has played every minute in goal, where she has posted 0.51 goals against average that ranks third in the league. Clem’s nine shutouts this season rank second in the Big Ten.

? Northwestern is led by head coach Michael Moynihan, who is in his fourth season with the program.

? Northwestern leads the all-time series, 11-7-1.

? The Hawkeyes have won four of the last five meetings, including three straight 1-0 victories. Iowa defeated Northwestern twice in 2014 — 1-0 in Iowa City on Sept. 14 and 1-0 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

? Senior Hannah Clark leads the Big Ten in saves (79), saves per game (5.64), and is seventh in save percentage (0.814).

? Junior Bri Toelle ranks second in the Big Ten in shots (64), third in shots per game (4.62) and is ninth in points per game (1.00).

? The Hawkeyes tallied seven shots against No. 14 Minnesota on Oct. 11 — the most in a Big Ten game this season. The Hawkeyes have registered a total of 169 shots in 14 games this season.

? Sophomore Karly Stuenkel is second on the team with three goals, two assists, and eight points this season. She notched her first game-winning goal in Iowa’s, 2-1, overtime victory over UNI.

? The Hawkeyes have used a different starting lineup in 13-of-14 contests. Five players — Hannah Clark, Brooke Backes, Kyrie Seying, Rachele Armand, and Amanda Lulek — have started every game.

?The Hawkeyes finished nonconference play with a 6-1 record. Iowa is 36-2 in the nonconference during the last five seasons.

Iowa fell to No. 14 Minnesota, 2-0, at home on Oct. 11. Clark finished with a season-high 12 saves in 90 minutes of action.

Iowa had a school-record crowd of 1,847 fans in attendance during its Big Ten Conference home opener against Ohio State on Sept. 25. The Hawkeyes have had two of the top three crowds in program history in 2015. A crowd of 1,314 — third-most all-time — was in attendance Sept. 11 for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game against Iowa State.

Senior Hannah Clark has been in goal for 35 wins in her UI soccer career. With her next victory, Clark will move past former Hawkeye 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 295 saves.

Five different Hawkeyes have scored game winning goals this season. Bri Toelle has tallied two, while Brooke Backes, Tory Harman, Jenna Kengen, and Karly Stuenkel have each recorded one. Toelle’s two game winners currently rank seventh in the Big Ten.

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.

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.

Penn State, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Rutgers are ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 poll as of Oct. 13.

Penn State was voted No. 9, Minnesota is 11th, Northwestern is 24th, and Rutgers sits at No. 25.

? 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).

Iowa returns to the Iowa Soccer Complex for its final home stand of the season, hosting Nebraska on Oct. 23 before facing Rutgers on Oct. 28.

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