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The University of Iowa soccer team continues Big Ten action with a pair of matches in Michigan this weekend. The Hawkeyes travel to Ann Arbor on Friday to face Michigan (5-2-4) at  6:30 p.m. (CT) before facing Michigan State (4-7-0) on Sunday in East Lansing at noon.

• Live stats for both contests will be available on hawkeyesports.com by visiting the Iowa soccer schedule page.
• Both matches will be streamed live on BTN Plus on BTN2Go.
• Fans can follow the Iowa soccer program on Twitter (@HawkeyeSoccer) for live in-game updates.
• Michigan leads the all-time series, 17-3-2. In 2013, the Hawkeyes defeated the Wolverines 1-0 at the Big Ten tournament. Before that Iowa hadn’t taken down Michigan since 2009 in Iowa City.
• Michigan State leads the all-time series, 10-6-5. Iowa’s last victory in the series came on the road in 2014. The Hawkeyes goal was scored off a corner kick booted by then sophomore Corey Burns. 

Heading into the 2017 season, Iowa hadn’t tallied a hat trick since 2003.  In nine games, the Hawkeyes have two hat tricks — one by sophomore Kaleigh Haus (vs. Richmond) and one by sophomore Devin Burns (vs. Southern Utah).

• Five Hawkeyes hail from the state of Michigan: freshman Diane Senkowski and sophomores Natalie Winters, Sydney Blitchok, Leah Moss, and Emma Tokuyama.
• Head coach Dave DiIanni spent 10 seasons in the state, winning three NCAA Division II National Championships at Grand Valley State.

• Michigan collected four points last weekend, tying Minnesota, 2-2, and knocking off No. 9 Wisconsin, 2-1, in overtime. The Wolverines are 5-2-4 overall.
• The Wolverines are tied for fourth in the Big Ten with Rutgers, Purdue, and Northwestern. Each team has seven points in conference standings.
• Michigan has allowed nine goals through 11 games for an average of .82 goals per game. The Wolverines have posted four shutouts and held five opponents to just one goal. 
• Goalkeeper Sarah Jackson leads the conference in saves per game, averaging 6.4 per outing, and is also second in the conference in save percentage at .882.

• Michigan State is 0-4-0 in Big Ten play this season and 4-7-0 overall.  The Spartans’ last victory came over Oakland (1-0) on Sept. 3 in East Lansing.
• The Spartans are averaging 9.7 shots per game.
• Senior Jamie Cheslik has a team leading five goals and two assists. 
• Goalkeeper Reilley Ott is second in the Big Ten in saves (56).
• Iowa has outscored opponents 17-10 this season. The team is averaging 12.4 shots per game and has collected 17 goals, 19 assists, and 53 points this season.
• The Hawkeyes rank in the top 50 nationally in assists per game (28th), points per game (47th), and assists (46th). 
• Iowa’s eight goals, 10 assists, and 26 points against Southern Utah on Aug. 31 are high-water marks in the Big Ten this season.
• Sophomore Claire Graves posted her third shutout of the season — and seventh of her career — in Iowa’s 1-0 win over Montana.  Graves is 5-4 with 31 saves and a 1.08 goals against average in 2017.
• Senior Karly Stuenkel, junior Rose Ripslinger, and sophomore Natalie Winters were named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List.  Stuenkel is Iowa’s 2017 team captain.

• The Hawkeyes are fourth in the Big Ten in assists per game (19).
• Sophomores Devin Burns and Olivia Fiegel are tied for fourth in the league in goals (5) and third in goals per game (.560).  
• Burns is also fifth in the conference in points (12) and sixth in points per game (1.71). She is also tied for third in game-winning goals (2).  
• Sophomore Natalie Winters is tied for third in the Big Ten in assists (5) and assists per game (.560). 

• Iowa tied a single-game goals record in its 8-1 victory over Southern Utah on Aug. 31.  It was the third time in program history the team scored eight goals in a game and the first since 1998 during the program’s second season.
• Sophomore Devin Burns tied a pair of individual single-game records in the triumph over Southern Utah.  The forward tallied the eighth hat trick in school history, tying the goals record, and she added an assist to become the third Hawkeye — first since 2003 — to finish with seven points in a match.
• Sophomore Natalie Winters tied a single-game assists record in Iowa’s 5-1 victory at Richmond. She is the fourth Hawkeye to accomplish the feat.

The Hawkeyes return home for a pair of matches beginning with and Oct. 5 matchup against Rutgers.  Iowa then faces Maryland on Oct. 8.The University of Iowa soccer team continues Big Ten action with a pair of matches in Michigan this weekend. The Hawkeyes travel to Ann Arbor on Friday to face Michigan (5-2-4) at  6:30 p.m. (CT) before facing Michigan State (4-7-0) on Sunday in East Lansing at noon.