The University of Iowa soccer team is back at the Iowa Soccer Complex for two games, beginning with a Thursday night matchup at 7 p.m. (CT) against Purdue. The Hawkeyes will then host Indiana at 2 p.m. (CT) Sunday in a game that will be televised on BTN. Admission to both contests is free.
• Thursday’s game will be streamed live on BTN Plus on BTN2GO, a paid subscription service.
• Sunday’s game will be televised on BTN.
• 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 in its Big Ten opener to Maryland, 4-0, on Sept. 14.
• The Hawkeyes fell to Rutgers, 2-1, in double overtime on Sept. 16. Redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus scored the lone goal for the Hawkeyes.
• Purdue opened Big Ten play with a 2-2 draw against Michigan State on Sept. 13 and a loss to Michigan, 1-0, on Sept. 16.
• Sophomore Kylie Hase leads Purdue with six goals, 12 points, 19 shots, and 10 shots on goal. She has also notched two game-winning goals.
• The Boilermakers are 12th in the Big Ten standings.
• Drew Roff is in his fourth season at the helm for Purdue.
• Indiana topped Michigan, 3-1, in double overtime in its first Big Ten match of the season on Sept. 13. The Hoosiers then bested Michigan State, 3-0, on Sept. 16.
• Senior Abby Allen leads Indiana with six goals, four assists, 16 points, 32 shots, and 17 shots on goal.
• Indiana is atop the Big Ten standings with six points after opening Big Ten play with back-to-back wins.
• Head coach Amy Berbary is in her sixth season as the Hoosiers head coach.
• The Hawkeyes are 9-6-3 all-time against Purdue. Iowa topped Prudue last season, 2-1, in West Lafayette. Junior Natalie Winters scored one of Iowa’s two goals. Hase scored for Purdue’s lone goal.
• Iowa is 10-9-1 against Indiana all-time. The Hawkeyes fell to Indiana, 2-1, last season in Bloomington. Senior Maya Piper scored one of Indiana’s two goals.
• Redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus scored her first goal of the season — seventh of her career — against Iowa State.
• The redshirt junior scored her second goal of the season at Rutgers.
• Devin Burns made her first start of the 2018 season against Rutgers, tallying 65 minutes of action.
WHO’S IN GOAL?
• Junior goalkeeper Claire Graves opened the season with four shutouts and a 4-0-1 record in the first five games of the 2018 season. Graves, who has a 0.66 goals against average and 20 saves, has missed there of the last four games with a leg injury.
•Sophomore Cora Meyers has started three of Iowa’s last four games. She has made 11 saves and posted a 1.77 goals against average in the first extended time of her Iowa career.
WHEATON’S EARLY IMPACT
• Freshman Sara Wheaton has started all nine games for the Hawkeyes, playing 792 of the 836 minutes while tallying two assists.
HAWKS ATOP THE B1G
• Junior Natalie Winters is third in the Big Ten with 28 shots and fourth with 3.11 shots per game.
• Redshirt freshman Josie Durr is second in the conference with two game-winning goals.
• Graves leads the conference in shutouts per game (0.67). She is third in shutouts (4) and goals against average (0.66), sixth in save percentage (.833), and seventh in saves per game (3.30).
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 28 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 time in five of Iowa’s last six games, amassing 778 minutes of action on the season.
• Kemerling has played every minute as Iowa’s central defender in seven of Iowa’s nine games this season. She has played 90 or more minutes in 22 of Iowa’s last 27 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 (21) and Northwestern (12).
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 travels to face Ohio State on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes will face their first ranked opponent of the season, No. 21 Penn State, at noon on Sept. 30.