The University of Iowa soccer will host Michigan State on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. (CT) and Michigan at 1 p.m. on Oct. 14. Both games will be at the Iowa Soccer Complex and admission is free.
• Friday’s game against Michigan State is Military Appreciation night.
• Sunday’s game against Michigan is the pink game, fans are encouraged to wear pink. The first 200 fans will get a pink pom.
• 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 earned its first win over a ranked opponent this season, topping No. 22 Nebraska, 2-1, on Oct. 5 in Lincoln. This is the highest ranked team the Hawkeyes have defeated since 2013 — a 1-0 win over 20th-ranked Penn State.
• Redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus put the Hawkeyes up one early in the 13th minute and junior Devin Burns scored the game-winning goal in the 48th minute.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
• Michigan State is 5-6-3 overall this season and winless (0-5-2) in conference play.
• Freshman Camryn Evans leads the Spartans with seven goals, 14 assists, 30 shots, and 15 shots on goal.
• Head coach Tom Saxton is in his 28th season at the helm of Michigan State.
• Michigan is .500 on the season with an overall record of 7-7-0 and a conference record of 3-4-0.
• Sophomore Nicki Hernandez leads the Wolverines with seven goals, five assists, and 19 points.
• Jennifer Klein is in her first season as head coach at Michigan.
• Iowa is 6-11-5 all-time against Michigan State. The Spartans topped the Hawkeyes last season, 3-2, in East Lansing. Junior Natalie Winters scored one of Iowa’s two goals, while redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus and junior Devin Burns each registered an assist. The Hawkeyes outshot the Spartans, 18-10.
• Iowa is 3-17-3 against Michigan all-time. The Hawkeyes and Wolverines drew, 2-2, in Ann Arbor last season. Haus and Devin Burns each scored for the Iowa, while juniors Leah Moss and Hannah Drkulec each recorded an assist. The Hawkeyes outshot the Wolverines, 19-10.
BURNS FOR THE WIN
• Devin Burns’ goal against Nebraska was her first of the season and her seventh career game-winner.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
• The Hawkeyes win over Nebraska is the first all-time. Iowa is 1-10-1 all-time in the series.
• Redshirt sophomore Cora Meyers earned her first career win against Indiana, making two saves.
• Freshman Haiey Rydberg scored her first career goal against Indiana on Sept. 23.
WINTERS STAYS HOT
• Winters tallied her first assist of the season against Indiana and scored twice against Central Michigan for her first career two-goal game.
• The junior midfielder leads the Hawkeyes with five goals, 11 points, and 39 shots, putting 18 on goal. She has also converted both penalty kicks that she has attempted this season.
GOING THE DISTANCE
• Seven Hawkeyes — Hannah Drkulec, Claire Graves, Natalie Winters, Morgan Kemerling, Isabella Blackman, Riley Whitaker, Sara Wheaton — played the full 90 minutes against Nebraska.
• Drkulec has played the full time in eight of Iowa’s last 11 games, amassing 1,210 minutes of action on the season.
• Kemerling has played every minute as Iowa’s central defender in 12 of Iowa’s 14 games this season. She has played 90 or more minutes in 27 of Iowa’s last 32 games.
WHEATON’S EARLY IMPACT
• Freshman Sara Wheaton has started all 14 games for the Hawkeyes, playing 1,233 of the 1,306 minutes while tallying two assists.
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.
HAWKS ATOP THE B1G
• Junior Natalie Winters is fourth in the Big Ten with 39 shots and fifth in shots per game with 2.79.
• Redshirt freshman Josie Durr and Ripslinger are third in the conference with two game-winning goals.
• Graves is second in the conference in save percentage (.837). She is fifth in goals against average (0.82), fourth in saves per game (4.00), eighth in shutouts (4), and third in shutouts per game (0.44).
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 0.82 goals against average and 34 saves, has started two of Iowa’s last three games.
• 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 nine 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.
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 face Minnesota on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. (CT) before returning home to close out the regular season at home against Northwestern at 1 p.m. on Oct. 21.