The University of Iowa soccer team opens Big Ten play at Maryland on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) at Ludwig Field. The Hawkeyes will then travel to Rutgers on Sunday at noon at Yurcak Field.
• Both games will be streamed live on BTN Plus on BTN2GO, a paid subscription service.
• Live stats for both contests will be available on hawkeyesports.com by visiting the Iowa soccer schedule page.
• Fans can follow the Iowa soccer program on Twitter (@HawkeyeSoccer) for live game updates.
LAST TIME OUT
• Iowa fell to Iowa State, 2-1, on Sept. 7 in Ames for its first loss of the season. The lone goal for the Hawkeyes came from redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus, her first of the season.
• The Hawkeyes fell to Wyoming on Sept. 9, 1-0, in Laramie. The Cowgirls scored via a penalty kick in the 22nd minute.
• Maryland opens Big Ten play with a record of 2-3-3, including two shutouts.
• Senior Jarena Harmon is leading the Terrapins with three goals.
• The Terrapins were selected to finish 13th in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches poll.
• Ray Leone is in his third season as head coach
• Rutgers has posted three shutouts and a record of 4-1-2 heading into Big Ten play.
• Sophomore Ali Amirah is leading the Scarlet Knights with five goals.
• The Scarlet Knights were picked to finish third in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches poll.
• Head coach Mike O’Neill is in his fifth season as head coach of Rutgers, his 19th year overall with the program.
• The Hawkeyes are 2-1-0 against Maryland, including two straight shutouts over the Terrapins. All three matches have come under head coach Dave DiIanni.
• Juniors Devin Burns and Olivia Fiegel each scored once to help lead Iowa to a 4-0 victory over the Terrapins last year in Iowa City.
• Iowa is 3-2-0 against Rutgers, with four of the five matches being played under coach DiIanni. This will be Iowa’s first time playing at Rutgers.
• Devin Burns scored the lone goal of the game, while junior Claire Graves posted a shutout to help lead the Hawkeyes past No. 23 Rutgers.
SHUTTING DOWN OPPONENTS
• Junior goalkeeper Claire Graves has surrendered one goal this season while posting four shutouts. She did not play last weekend because of injury.
• She earned her 15th career shutout against VCU to move in to second place all-time in career shutouts.
• Graves has tallied 19 saves this season in 470 minutes.
HAUS STRIKES & BURNS RETURNS
• Redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus scored her first goal of the season — seventh of her career — against Iowa State.
• Devin Burns made her season debut last weekend, playing 79 minutes. She put all three of her shots on goal.
• Redshirt sophomore Cora Meyers made her first career start against Iowa State. She played the full 90 minutes, making four saves.
WHEATON’S EARLY IMPACT
• Freshman Sara Wheaton has started all seven games for the Hawkeyes, playing 606 of the 650 minutes while tallying two assists.
HAWKS ATOP THE B1G
• Junior Natalie Winters is first in the Big Ten with with 27 shots and second with 3.86 shots per game.
• Redshirt freshman Josie Durr is second in the conference with two game-winning goals.
• Graves is second in the conference in shutouts per game (0.80), save percentage (.950), and goals against average (0.19). She is third in shutouts (4) and fifth in saves per game (3.80).
• Iowa is ranked 14th nationally for goals against average (.321) and 11th in save percentage (.913).
• Graves is ranked in the top-15 in shutouts (15th, 4), save percentage (fourth, .950), and goals against average (eighth, .191).
WINTERS STAYS HOT
• Winters scored twice against Central Michigan for her first career two-goal game. She has a team-leading three goals on the season.
• The junior midfielder leads the Hawkeyes with six points and 27 shots, putting 14 on goal.
• She fired six shots — three on goal — against Iowa State and put two of her four shots on goal against Wyoming.
GOING THE DISTANCE
• Junior defender Hannah Drkulec has played the full 90 minutes in four straight games, amassing 584 minutes of action on the season.
• Kemerling has played every minute as Iowa’s central defender in six of Iowa’s seven game this season. She has played 90 or more minutes in 21 of Iowa’s last 25 games.
B1G PRESEASON HONORS
• Three Hawkeyes — juniors Devin Burns, Kaleigh Haus, and Natalie Winters — were named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List. Burns led the team with nine goals and 23 points, Haus finished third on the team with five goals and 14 points, and Winters started all 19 games and has started all 38 games of her collegiate career.
• Iowa was picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten in the preseason coaches’ poll.
BURNS X 2 X 2
For the third straight season there will be a Burns tandem on the Iowa soccer roster. It was Corey and Devin Burns in 2016 and 2017. Corey is now playing professionally in Denmark, but the sister duo continues with freshman Riley Burns joining the Hawkeyes’ roster and her sister Devin.
Senior Morgan Kemerling and redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus are Iowa’s team captains for the 2018 season.
• Iowa will play five contests against NCAA Tournament teams in 2018.
• The Hawkeyes will face three opponents who are currently ranked in the United Soccer Coaches top-25 — Penn State (11) and Northwestern (15). Four more Iowa opponents are receiving votes.
COACHING STAFF CHANGES
The Hawkeyes have added Katelyn Longino as an assistant coach and Drago Ceranic as a volunteer assistant coach to the 2018 coaching staff. Longino joins Iowa following coaching stints at Valparaiso, Xavier, and Columbus State. Ceranic coached with the Cedar River Soccer Association since 2009 and has been a part of Iowa’s Olympic Development Program since 2016.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa will be home on Sept. 20 to face Purdue at 7 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes will face Indiana at 2 p.m. (CT) on Sept. 23.