Week 7 Preview: Purdue

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The University of Iowa soccer team hosts Purdue on Friday at the Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City, Iowa. Match time is set for 7 p.m. (CT). Admission is free. 

• Live stats are available on hawkeyesports.com.
• Friday’s game will be streamed online via BTN Plus. Visit www.btn2go.com (subscription required) to watch the action.
• Fans can follow the Iowa soccer program on Twitter (@HawkeyeSoccer) for live game updates.

• Youth Soccer Night
•  Sports watch-bracelet giveaway for the first 250 fans
•  University of Iowa Soccer Camper Reunion
•  Junior Hawks Club Night – All Junior Hawk Club members receive free popcorn
•  Dollar Dogs Night – Fans can purchase hot dogs for $1

• Twelve different Hawkeyes have scored at least one goal in 2016.  Iowa had eight players score during the 2015 campaign.
• Of Iowa’s 21 goals, 14 have come in the second half or later, with one goal in overtime and 13 in the second half. 
• Goalkeeper Claire Graves is third in the Big Ten in saves with 46. She has started every match this season. 
• Eight players — Rose Ripslinger, Devin Burns, Natalie Winters, Isabella Blackman, Kaleigh Haus, Rachele Armand, Morgan Kemerling, and Olivia Fiegel — have scored the first goals of their careers this season.
• Junior Karly Stuenkel is second on the team with four goals and three assists for 11 points this season. 
• Iowa had a six-game winning streak from Aug. 21-Sept. 9. It was the longest streak for the program since 2013. 
• Iowa is outshooting opponents by a margin of 191-149. 

• Purdue brings a 3-7-0 record into Friday’s match, with a 1-4-0 record on the road. 
• Hannah Leinert, Andrea Petrina, and Mikayla Lasky lead the Boilermakers with two goals each. 
• Purdue has one Big Ten victory, defeating Illinois, 2-0, on the road in its Big Ten opener. 
• The Boilermakers returns six starters from last season, three seniors, two juniors, and one sophomore. Senior Maddy Williams scored eight goals for Purdue last year, leading the team in goals, assists, and points for the third year in a row.
• Purdue has found the back of the net nine times this season, with its only shutout coming against Illinois. 
• Goalkeepers Erika Yohn and Jordan Ginther have split time between the posts, with 450 minutes apiece. Yohn has made 28 saves, while Ginther has tallied 27. Purdue returned all three of its goalkeepers from last season. 

• Iowa owns a 7-6-3 all-time record against Purdue. The Hawkeyes most recent victory over the Boilermakers came in 2014 when Iowa won, 3-1, in Iowa City. 

Five freshmen have scored their first career goals for the Hawkeyes this season. Devin Burns and Olivia Fiegel are leading the class, finding the back of the net twice each. Natalie Winters, Isabella Blackman, and Kaleigh Haus have all scored once. 

Senior Bri Toelle leads the team with five goals and 12 points this season. The Virginia native has matched her career best five goals from last season. She led the team with 15 points and five assists in 2015. 

• Through the first 12 games of the season, the Hawkeyes are one of the top offensive teams in the Big Ten.  Iowa ranks in the top five in four different offensive categories — second in goals (21), second  in points (61), tied for 3rd in assists (19), and third in shots (191). 
• Iowa ranks in the top 50 in the country for assists, with 19 total assists, they are ranked 44th. 
• The Hawkeyes have scored two or more goals in six games, including five strikes in a victory over SIUE. They were the most goals since 2012. 
• Iowa’s five goal output is tied for the high water mark in the Big Ten this season and the team’s seven assists are the most in the conference in a game this season.

Freshman Claire Graves has started every game for the Hawkeyes, making 46 saves — the third-most in the Big Ten — and posting a 1.86  goals against average. 
• The Indiana native made seven saves en route to her first career victory at Missouri and she posted her first career shutout in a 1-0 victory over Eastern Michigan.
• Graves made a career-high nine saves in the 1-0 loss to Michigan on Sept. 16.

Junior Karly Stuenkel tallied the second two-goal game of her career in Iowa’s 4-1 victory over Colorado State on Sept. 2.  The St. Charles, Illinois, native is one of two Hawkeyes (Bri Toelle) to tally a two-goal game this season.  Toelle had her first career multi-goal game in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Wyoming.

Iowa has earned weekly Big Ten Conference recognition twice during the 2016 season.
• Junior Karly Stuenkel was the Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 6 after scoring three goals and adding an assist in Iowa wins over Colorado State and SIU Edwardsville.
• Forward Olivia Fiegel was the Freshman of the Week on Sept. 13 after scoring goals in road games at Iowa State and Colorado.  The goal against the Cyclones was her first career game-winner.

• Iowa’s nine player freshmen class was ranked as the 28th-best recruiting class in the nation by BigSoccer.com.  
• Two freshmen — Natalie Winters and Hannah Drkulec — have national team experience.  Winters has competed in six U18 Women’s National Team camps, while Drkulec played on the Croatian Women’s National Team in 2015.

Juniors Rachele Armand and sophomore Aubree Larson are Iowa’s team captains for the 2016 season. Larson will miss the entire season because of injury. 

The Hawkeyes have two new additions to the coaching staff for the 2016 season in interim assistant coach Nate Castillo and volunteer assistant Chris Early.  Both are UI alums.  Castillo joins the program after serving as a high school assistant coach at City High in Iowa City, while Early was an assistant coach at Northwestern State last season.

After hosting Purdue, the Hawkeyes will hit the road for a pair of Big Ten contests beginning with Minnesota on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. (CT). Iowa faces Wisconsin in Madison on Oct. 9.