The University of Iowa soccer team travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a 6 p.m. (CT) match against Ohio State on Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Iowa will travel to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on No. 20 Penn State at noon on Sept. 30 at Jeffrey Field.
• Thursday’s game will be streamed live on BTN Plus on BTN2GO, a paid subscription service.
• Sunday’s game will be streamed on Lion Vision.
• 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 earned its first Big Ten point of the season after drawing, 1-1, with Purdue on Sept. 20. Junior Natalie Winters netted the equalizer for the Hawkeyes in the 61st minute.
• The Hawkeyes topped Indiana, 3-1, on Sept. 23 for their first Big Ten win of the season. • Three Hawkeyes — Hailey Rydberg, Natalie Winters, and Rose Ripslinger — scored for Iowa.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
• Ohio State is 5-4-0 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play with wins over Illinois, 2-0, on Sept. 20 and Northwestern, 1-0, on Sept. 23. The Buckeyes fell to No. 21 Penn State, 4-0, on Sept. 14.
• Freshman Emaly Vatne leads the Buckeyes with three goals.
• Head coach Lori Walker-Hock is in her 22nd season at the helm of Ohio State.
SCOUTING No. 20 PENN STATE
• Penn State is 6-4-0 overall with a 2-1-0 conference record. The Nittany Lions topped Ohio State, 4-0, on Sept. 14 and Illinois, 2-1, on Sept. 22.
• Sophomore Frankie Tagliaferri leads the Nittany Lions with five goals.
• Erica Dambach is in her 12th season as head coach of Penn State.
• The Hawkeyes are 6-15-1 all-time against Ohio State. The Buckeyes topped Iowa in both matches last season, 2-0, in the regular season and in the Big Ten Tournament, 2-1, in double overtime. Senior Morgan Kemerling scored the lone goal for Iowa, while junior goalkeeper Claire Graves made a combined 15 saves between the two games.
• Iowa is 2-23-0 against Penn State all-time. The Hawkeyes fell to the Nittany Lions, 1-0, last season in Iowa City. Graves made three saves in the loss.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
• Redshirt sophomore Cora Meyers earned her first career win against Indiana, making two saves.
• Freshman Haiey Rydberg scored her first career goal against the Hoosiers.
RIPSLINGER FOR THE WIN
• Redshirt junior Rose Ripslinger’s goal in the 38th minute against Indiana was her second game-winning goal of the season and her career.
WINTERS STAYS HOT
• Winters scored twice this past weekend with goals against Purdue. and Indiana. She also tallied her first assist of the season against Indiana.
• Winters scored twice against Central Michigan for her first career two-goal game.
• The junior midfielder leads the Hawkeyes with five goals, 11 points, and 36 shots, putting 18 on goal. She has also converted both penalty kicks that she has attempted this season.
GOING THE DISTANCE
• Three Hawkeyes — Morgan Kemerling, Hannah Drkulec, and Isabella Blackman — played the full 200 minutes last weekend. Cora Meyers and Sara Wheaton played all 110 minutes against Purdue.
• Drkulec has played the full time in seven of Iowa’s last eight games, amassing 978 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 24 of Iowa’s last 29 games.
WHEATON’S EARLY IMPACT
• Freshman Sara Wheaton has started all 11 games for the Hawkeyes, playing 968 of the 1,036 minutes while tallying two assists.
HAWKS ATOP THE B1G
• Junior Natalie Winters is second in the Big Ten with 36 shots and shots per game with 3.27. She is third in the conference with five goals and 0.45 goals per game.
• Redshirt freshman Josie Durr and Ripslinger are second in the conference with two game-winning goals.
• Graves is second in the conference in shutouts per game (0.57), save percentage (.852), and goals against average (0.61). She is third in shutouts (4) and eighth in saves per game (3.30).
• Meyers is ninth in the conference with 2.80 saves per game.
• 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.
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 0.61 goals against average and 23 saves, was back in goal for Iowa against Indiana following a leg injury. She tallied three saves in 45 minutes of action.
•Sophomore Cora Meyers has started six of Iowa’s last seven games. She has made 17 saves and posted a 1.57 goals against average in the first extended time of her Iowa career.
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 two opponents who are currently ranked in the United Soccer Coaches top-25 — Penn State (20) and Northwestern (21).
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 travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 5 to face Nebraska at 7:05 p.m. (CT).