Iowa travels to Kansas City for a 7 p.m. (CT) game against UMKC on Thursday at Durwood Stadium. The Hawkeyes return home Sunday for a 1 p.m. (CT) match versus Southeast Missouri State at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Admission to Sunday’s game is free .
- Thursday’s game will be streamed live on Roos All-Access while Sunday’s game will be available on BTN Plus (subscription).
- Links to streaming and live stats can be found at hawkeyesports.com/soccergameday.
- Fans can follow the Iowa soccer program on Twitter (@HawkeyeSoccer) for live in-game updates.
SCOUTING THE ROOS
- UMKC enters the week on a three-game losing skid, including a double-overtime loss at Oklahoma and a 5-1 defeat at Tulsa on Sunday.
- The Roos finished 4-12-1 last season and were picked to finish sixth in the Summit League this year by conference coaches. Senior Emma Wilson and graduate transfer Kassi Ginther were named Summit League players to watch.
- Ginther, a former Iowa State Cyclone, has seen plenty of the Hawkeyes in her career. She led Iowa State in goals scored in 2019 with four, and has matched that total with four of UMKC’s eight total goals this season.
SERIES HISTORY – UMKC
This week will mark Iowa’s first meeting with the Roos.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
- Southeast Missouri State finished 7-4-1 last year and were picked to place third in the Ohio Valley Conference this season.
- The Redhawks were edged 1-0 by Mississippi State in Week 2. Iowa tied Mississippi State 1-1 last Sunday. More recently, Southeast Missouri State was defeated 6-0 by Big Ten opponent Indiana.
- Southeast Missouri State earned a pair of wins against Maryville and Missouri-St Louis before losing three straight heading into Week 4. Iowa is their next opponent.
SERIES HISTORY – SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE
Iowa is 1-1-0 against the Redhawks all-time, coming away with a 2-1 victory in the most recent meeting between the two schools in 2001.
GETTING THINGS ROLING
Freshman Kenzie Roling kept things rolling last week, earning a pair of goals against Purdue-Fort Wayne. Roling and graduate student Alyssa Walker lead the team with four goals scored and eight total points apiece. Roling previously scored the tying goal against DePaul and the game-winner against No. 18 Saint Louis in opening week of the season. The Waverly-Shell Rock alumnus also scored in each of Iowa’s exhibition wins.
WHO’S IN GOAL?
Redshirt junior Monica Wilhelm has started each of Iowa’s six regular season games in goal this season. Wilhelm has notched 12 saves this season and two shutouts. She has allowed no more than one score in each of Iowa’s games this season.
Sophomore Macy Enneking has been out thus far due to injury. Enneking was the only unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection last season and earned Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Defensive Player accolades for allowing just one goal in four games at the conference tournament. She tallied 52 saves across 11 games and averaged a conference-best .912 save percentage, allowing just five goals in 956 minutes played. The Hilliard, Ohio native pitched shutouts in each of Iowa’s two exhibition contests this preseason.
POWELL PLAYS FOR FAMILY
Graduate student Courtney Powell transferred to Iowa from Iowa State last season as a tribute her father, a lifelong Hawkeye fan who passed away due to COVID-19. Her season-high 81 minutes and early goal were crucial in putting the Cyclones away in Iowa’s 2-1 Cy-Hawk victory Aug. 26.
The following players have played 90 minutes in at least one game this season: Sara Wheaton (5), Rielee Fetty (5), Samantha Cary (4), Addie Bundy (2), Aleisha Ganief, Olivia Hellweg, Kenzie Roling, and Courtney Powell.
2 FOR THE MONEY
The Hawkeyes are undefeated in their last 26 games when scoring two goals or more. Since the start of the 2018 season, Iowa has a record of 23-0-1 when scoring two goals or more. That includes a 3-0 record in 2021, 2-0 in 2020, 13-0-1 in 2019 and 5-0 in 2018. The Hawkeyes won their final two games in 2017 when scoring two-plus goals.
The last time Iowa lost a game while netting at least two goals was Oct. 1, 2017 at Michigan State (L, 3-2).
The Hawkeyes boast a veteran senior class. Nine seniors provide leadership and production on both sides of the ball. The class scored six of Iowa’s 11 goals last season while defenders Sara Wheaton and Riley Whitaker helped lead Iowa to seven shutouts. Other returning seniors include defender Riley Burns, midfielders Hailey Rydberg, Olivia Hellweg, and Josie Durr, as well as forwards Samantha Tawharu, Jenny Cape, and Skylar Alward. Graduate transfers Courtney Powell and Alyssa Walker also bring experience to the squad.
IOWA HAWKEYES NEED-TO-KNOW
- Three Hawkeyes — Hailey Rydberg, Sara Wheaton, and Samantha Cary — were named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List. Iowa was picked to finish seventh out of 14 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll.
- Seniors Sara Wheaton and Hailey Rydberg were voted team captains this season.
- Head coach Dave DiIanni is in his eighth season at the helm of the soccer program. Last spring, DiIanni’s team posted a 7-9-1 record, finishing the season on a red-hot postseason run that saw the Hawkeyes win the program’s first Big Ten Tournament title and reach the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the first time in school history. Iowa lost just one senior from that youthful squad heading into this season.
- Over the past two seasons, Iowa has made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in program history.
- Last spring, the Hawkeyes lost two-time Iowa Offensive Player of the Year Devin Burns and veteran goalkeeper Claire Graves but discovered a group of new young playmakers as the season continued. Sophomore Meike Ingles closed out her rookie campaign with four postseason goals, earning Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors. Sophomore Macy Enneking was named the conference tournament Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and was an unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection.
- Those two headline a group of impactful underclassmen this season, though the team also features a robust class of nine senior leaders anchored by midfielder Hailey Rydberg, who was a captain last season and voted the team’s Most Valuable Player. Senior Sara Wheaton is the returning Iowa Defensive Player of the Year.
- The Hawkeyes welcome nine newcomers in 2021, including seven freshmen and two graduate transfers. Courtney Powell was Iowa State’s top offensive weapon last spring, leading the team in points (8), goals (4), shots (29) and shots on goal (23). She is joined by Alyssa Walker, who scored four goals for Richmond last season and previously earned second-team Atlantic-10 All-Conference honors in 2019.
Iowa shutout Purdue-Fort Wayne last Thursday in a dominating 5-0 performance. Alyssa Walker started things off right for the Hawkeyes, sinking goals in the third and 11th minutes of play. Freshman Kenzie Roling knocked in a pair of goals of her own, and defender Samantha Cary found the back of the net as well. Walker and Roling were the first Iowa players to score twice in the same game since Sept. 12, 2019 when Hannah Drkulec put up a pair of goals against Notre Dame. Iowa tied Mississippi State 1-1 on Sunday, thanks to an Alyssa Walker score with nine minutes to play that evened the score. The Hawkeyes outshot their opponents 47-5 on the week.
ROLING, WHEATON EARN BIG TEN WEEKLY HONORS
Freshman Kenzie Roling and senior Sara Wheaton were recognized as the Big Ten’s freshman and defensive players of the week for week one, the conference office announced Aug. 24.
Roling, a freshman from Waverly, Iowa, scored goals in each of Iowa’s wins at DePaul and St. Louis. Her first-half goal against the Blue Demons evened the score 1-1 and her first-half goal against the Billikens proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 Hawkeye win. Including Iowa’s preseason exhibitions, Roling scored in each of the Hawkeyes’ first four competitions this season. Following her week one performance, she was named an honorable mention on TopDrawerSoccer’s Team of the Week.
Roling is the first Iowa freshman to score in consecutive matches since Oct. 3-5, 2008, when Alyssa Cosnek scored in wins over Indiana and North Dakota State (Cosnek also scored in each of Iowa’s first two matches that season, the last Hawkeye rookie to score in the team’s opening two contests)
Wheaton, a senior team captain from Chandler, Arizona, played all 90 minutes in both wins week one, leading a defense that allowed just one score and five shots on goal. The Hawkeyes shutout a nationally ranked Billikens team that was held scoreless just two times in 17 games last season.
The weekly conference honors are career firsts for Roling and Wheaton.
IOWA CORN CY-HAWK SERIES
Iowa Soccer kicked off 17th edition of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series with a 2-1 win over the Cyclones last
week. The Hawkeyes have won 11 of the last 13 matches against Iowa State.
Iowa’s corn farmers are proud to sponsor the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series to celebrate our great state and the sports rivalry that unites us all. The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board partner with Learfield on behalf of both Iowa State University and University of Iowa Athletic Departments for the title sponsorship of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeyes captured the inaugural Cy-Hawk Series in 2004-05 (13-8), and won again in 2006-07 (13-8), 2008-09 (21-4), 2010-11 (15-11), 2012-13 (17-9), 2016-17 (20-7), and 2018-19 (15-10).
CHECK OUT THE NEW DIGS
The new soccer operations facility at the Iowa Soccer Complex is up and running. The $4 million facility is located behind the west sideline and includes a spacious locker room and lounge area, multi-purpose space, athletic training space, visiting team and multipurpose locker rooms, and a press box. Construction of the new facility was funded entirely by private support.
Iowa kicks off Big Ten play versus Northwestern on Sept. 19 in a 1 p.m. (CT) game at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes then travel to Bloomington, Indiana, Sept. 23 to take on the Hoosiers at 7 p.m. (CT) at Bill Armstrong Stadium.