The University of Iowa soccer team will host Southern Utah Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT) before traveling to Minneapolis for a neutral site matchup with U.C. Santa Barbara on Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT)at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Thursday’s competition at the Iowa Soccer Complex is free to the public.
• Live stats for Thursday’s match will be available on hawkeyesports.com by visiting the Iowa soccer schedule page.
• Thursday’s match will also be available to stream live on BTN2GO and BTN’s mobile app.
• Fans can follow the Iowa soccer program on Twitter (@HawkeyeSoccer) for live game updates.
• Iowa and Southern Utah will be meeting for the first time in program history on Thursday.
• Sunday will be the first competition between the Hawkeyes and UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.
• Iowa defeated Iowa State, 1-0, in the opening event of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeyes have beaten the Cyclones in seven-of-eight meetings since the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series began in 2010.
• Sophomore Olivia Fiegel grabbed the overtime victory for Iowa with a sudden death goal. She was assisted by senior Karly Stuenkel.
• The Hawkeyes are now 12-6-1 all-time against the Cyclones.
• The Hawkeyes return nine starters and 22 letterwinners from last season.
• Iowa has 76 percent (19-of-25) of its goal scorers returning, 78 percent (18-of-23) of its total assists, and 63 percent (5-of-8) of game-winning goals. In the net, the Hawkeyes have 93 percent of minutes returning and players that accounted for 90 percent of the team’s saves.
• The Hawkeyes return their team Most Valuable Players (Jenna Kentgen, Karly Stuenkel) and their Offensive (Stuenkel) and Defensive (Morgan Kemerling) Players of the Year from 2016. Kentgen is out for the season because of injury.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN UTAH
• Southern Utah has yet to pick up a win this season. They have lost all four of their games.
• Three student-athletes have scored goals for the Thunderbirds in their last three contests: Payton Wells, MaKenzie Lawrence, and Brielle Bourgeois.
• The Thunderbirds have seen four different student-athletes in goal.
SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA
• The Gauchos opened their season with wins over Idaho (3-0) and San Jose State (1-0) before falling to No. 1 UCLA, 3-1.
• Amanda Ball was named the Big West Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals, and Kate Shoemaker recieved Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Goalkeepers Maddie Julian and Brittney Rogers each collected shutouts in their opening week.
RETURNEES BY THE NUMBERS
• Iowa has two of its three goalkeepers from last season — senior Tina Cardamone and sophomore Claire Graves. The pair have a combined 1599:59 minutes of game experience.
• Graves collected 73 saves last season.
• The Hawkeyes have four defenders returning from 2016 — seniors Corey Burns and Rachele Armand, junior Morgan Kemmerling, and sophomores Leah Moss and Natalie Winters.
B1G PRESEASON HONOREES
Senior Karly Stuenkel, junior Rose Ripslinger, and sophomore Natalie Winters have been named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List. Stuenkel was second on the team with five goals as a junior, Ripslinger scored two goals in 16 games, and Winters was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree.
• The Hawkeyes were picked to finish 12th in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches.
Sophomore Natalie Winters has been a mainstay at the U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp. The Michigan native spent the summer of 2017 competing in various camps and competitions for the red, white, and blue. She has completed in more than 10 training camps in her career.
Senior Karly Stuenkel has been voted Iowa’s team captain for the 2017 season.
NEW LOOK COACHING STAFF
Dave DiIanni’s fourth year as Iowa’s head coach has seen a coaching staff revamp. Rade Tanaskovic and Molly Rouse have joined the Hawkeyes as assistant coaches. Tanaskovic came to Iowa City from Louisville, while Rouse, a former All-Big Ten player at Minnesota, came from Nebraska-Omaha.
• Iowa also welcomes a pair of alums to the staff; Hannah Clark, the program’s all-time wins and shutouts leader, is volunteer assistant coach, while Aubree Larson is a student assistant.
The Hawkeyes return home Sept. 8 hosting Montana for a Senior Night matchup at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Iowa will also host Loyola Chicago on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Admission is free to the public for both games.