4 Hawkeyes Earn Big Ten Honors

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Four University of Iowa soccer student-athletes — seniors Natalie Winters, Devin Burns, and Claire Graves and freshman Gianna Gourley — earned Big Ten Conference recognition, it was announced Thursday by the league office.
Winters was named second-team All-Big Ten, Burns was selected to the third team, and Gourley was named to the all-freshman team.  Senior Claire Graves was selected as Iowa’s recipient for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The three honorees (All-Big Ten, All-Freshman Team) are tied for the most in a single-season in program history.  Iowa had three selections in 2002, 2008, and 2011.  Winters is the first player in program history to earn Big Ten recognition all four seasons.   
Winters, a native of Plymouth, Michigan, was named to the all-freshman team in 2016 and third-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore and junior. This season the midfielder is tied for the team lead with six goals — a career-high — which includes three game-winners.  Winters also has two assists and is 4-for-4 on penalty kicks.
Burns earns her first career All-Big Ten nod after tying for the team lead with six goals during the regular season. The Green Oaks, Illinois, native scored the game-winner in the Hawkeyes’ road triumph at UNC Greensboro on Sept. 13.  The forward, who also has four assists, ranks sixth all-time in school history with 20 career goals.
Gourley became the first Hawkeye since Winters in 2016 to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.  The Las Vegas, Nevada, native is tied for second on the team with five goals with three coming in Big Ten play.  Gourley scored the game-winner in Iowa’s 1-0 victory over Nebraska on Oct. 3.  The forward also has three assists on the season.
Graves, a senior goalkeeper from Noblesville, Indiana, is Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.  The award is presented to student-athletes who display sportsmanship and ethical behavior, are in good academic standing, and demonstrate good citizenship outside of athletics.
Iowa tied school records for overall and conference wins by going 15-3-1 overall and 7-3-1 in Big Ten play during the regular season.  The Hawkeyes are the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, where they will face fourth-seeded Penn State on Sunday at noon (CT) at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania.

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