The University of Iowa soccer team travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a 4 p.m. (CT) matchup against Big Ten-leading and 22nd-ranked Nebraska on Friday at Barbara Hibner Soccer Stadium.
• Friday’s game will be streamed live on BTN Plus on BTN2GO, a paid subscription service.
• Live stats for the contest 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 Ohio State, 2-0, on Sept. 30 in Columbus, Ohio.
• The Hawkeyes fell on the road, 2-0, to No. 24 Penn State on Sept. 30.
SCOUTING NO. 22 NEBRASKA
• Nebraska is 8-3-3 on the season with a 4-0-2 conference record. The Cornhuskers last win came on Sept. 27 against No. 24 Penn State, 1-0.
• Senior Carter Faith’s eight goals, 30 shots, and 16 shots on goal lead the Cornhuskers.
• John Walker is in his 25th season as head coach at Nebraska.
• Iowa is 0-10-1 all-time against Nebraska. The Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers match last season ended in a scoreless draw. Junior goalkeeper Claire Graves played the full 110 minutes, making nine saves.
• The Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers have both faced off against No. 24 Penn State.
• This will be Iowa’s second straight ranked opponent Friday at No. 22 Nebraska. The Hawkeyes faced No. 24 Penn State on Sept. 30.
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 tallied her first assist of the season against Indiana.
• She scored twice against Central Michigan for her first career two-goal game.
• The junior midfielder leads the Hawkeyes with five goals, 11 points, and 38 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 against Purdue and Indiana. Cora Meyers and Sara Wheaton played all 110 minutes against Purdue.
• Drkulec has played the full time in seven of Iowa’s last 10 games, amassing 1,120 minutes of action on the season.
• Kemerling has played every minute as Iowa’s central defender in 11 of Iowa’s 13 games this season. She has played 90 or more minutes in 26 of Iowa’s last 31 games.
WHEATON’S EARLY IMPACT
• Freshman Sara Wheaton has started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes, playing 1,143 of the 1,216 minutes while tallying two assists.
HAWKS ATOP THE B1G
• Iowa is seventh in the conference in shots with 148.
• 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 (0.50) and save percentage (.842). She is fifth in goals against average (0.79) and saves per game (4.00). The junior goalkeeper is fourth in shutouts (4) and 10th in saves (32).
FEELING AT HOME
• Iowa is undefeated at home in 2018 with a record of 5-0-2, allowing just three goals in those seven games.
• 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 0.79 goals against average and 32 saves, was back in goal for Iowa against Indiana following a leg injury. She tallied three saves in 45 minutes of action.
• Graves made her first start in five games against No. 24 Penn State, tallying nine saves in 90 minutes.
•Sophomore Cora Meyers has started six of Iowa’s last eight games. She has made 18 saves and posted a 1.51 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 faced No. 24 Penn State on Sept. 30 and will face No. 17 Northwestern on Oct. 21 (United Soccer Coaches Poll).
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 host Michigan State on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. (CT) and Michigan on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Both game will be at the Iowa Soccer Complex and admission is free.