The University of Iowa women’s soccer team battles a pair of in-state foes on the road. On Thursday, Iowa kicks off the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series with a match at Iowa State. Start time is set for 6 p.m. (CT). Then, the Hawkeyes head to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to take on UNI at 1 p.m. (CT) on Sunday.
- Both games will be streamed live on ESPN+.
- 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 CYCLONES
- Iowa State enters the contest with a 1-3-1 record. The Cyclones downed No. 24 Michigan, 3-2, on Sept. 1 and posted a, 0-0, draw against Creighton; they have fallen to Arizona (1-2), No. 23 Memphis (0-3), and Kentucky (0-4).
- Four Cyclones– Mira Emma, Jade Colbert, Jasmine Colbert, and Sophia Thomas– have combined for four goals on the season. Goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz has recorded five saves for a .703 save percentage and a 2.2 goals against average.
- Emma and Lauren McConnell are Iowa State’s two returning players with both multiple goals and multiple assists from last season. Silkowitz also returns as the starter for the Cyclones in goal.
- Iowa State averages 7.2 shots per game this season; its opponents average 17.8 shot opportunities per game.
SERIES HISTORY – IOWA STATE
Iowa is 14-7-2 against Iowa State and has won two straight in the series.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
- Northern Iowa started the season 3-0-1 with wins over Grand View (2-1), South Dakota (2-1), and Saint Ambrose (5-0) with a scoreless tie against Omaha; the Panthers fell to South Dakota State (0-3) and St. Thomas (0-3) last week.
- Sydney Burskey’s five points on one goal and three assists lead the Panthers this season; Allison Whitaker and Lauren Heinsch lead the team with four goals in 2022.
- Caitlyn Richards leads the Panthers in goal with 10 saves at a .588 percentage; Brittney Bentheimer and Kennedy Butenbach also have seen minutes at goalkeeper this season.
SERIES HISTORY – Northern Iowa
Iowa is searching for its 15th consecutive win over the Panthers. The Hawkeyes are 14-0-0 against Northern Iowa in program history.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Head coach Dave DiIanni is in his ninth season at the helm of the soccer program. Last fall, DiIanni’s team posted a 12-6-2 record, tying for fourth in the Big Ten for Iowa’s highest regular season conference finish since 1999. The Hawkeyes return six starters and a host of other key contributors from the 2021 team. That includes a group of six fifth-year players from a class of seven seniors all with starting experience.
- The Hawkeyes qualified for the Big Ten Tournament in 2021, advancing to the semifinals as the tournament five seed before falling to Rutgers. Iowa has qualified for three of the last four Big Ten Conference Tournaments, not counting the unorthodox 2020 event which saw all teams compete and which the Hawkeyes went on to win for the first time in school history.
- In 2019 and 2020, Iowa made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in program history. The 2020 group earned Iowa’s first victory in the NCAA Tournament.
- Iowa returns 51.6 percent of its goal scoring production from last season. The Hawkeyes lose leading scorer Alyssa Walker, but return a majority of the 11 goal scorers from last season. Assist leader Hailey Ryberg is back this season after dishing seven assists across seven different wins in 2021. Newcomer Kyndal Anderson leads Iowa with three goals this season.
- Three Hawkeyes — Hailey Rydberg, Kenzie Roling, and Samantha Cary — were named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List. Iowa was picked to finish eighth out of 14 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll.
- Three players that earned Big Ten Conference postseason honors last season return in 2022. Sara Wheaton was named to the All-Big Ten second team, while Hailey Rydberg picked up third-team honors. Addie Bundy was a unanimous selection on the All-Freshman team.
- Rydberg, Cary, and Wheaton were voted team captains for the 2022 season. Both Rydberg and Wheaton were captains in 2021.
The Hawkeyes posted a pair of draws last week.
- The first was a, 1-1, tie with Pacific on Sept. 1. After a scoreless first half, Hawkeye junior Kyndal Anderson rocketed a header through the net off a long free kick pass from Sara Wheaton. The score was the culmination of an explosive 17 Iowa shots on the night, including 12 on goal. Still, the Tigers found a way to tie things up in the 76th minute with a header of their own by Pac Morrison off a corner sent by Hana Rosenblatt.
- On Sept. 4, Iowa and Baylor finished in a scoreless draw in Waco, Texas. Iowa goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm claimed six saves as the Iowa defense posted its third clean sheet in six games this season.
A class of seven senior leaders all with starting experience help anchor the Hawkeyes this season.
- Midfielder Hailey Rydberg was a third-team All-Big Ten selection last season, starting all 20 games and posting two goals with seven assists across seven wins last season.
- Defender Sara Wheaton earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was Iowa’s Defensive Player of the Year on a defense that gave up just 20 goals and posted six clean sheets on the year.
- Other notable veterans include goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm (87 saves, nine wins), defender Samantha Cary (19 starts, two goals), Natalie Massa (20 games played, 4 starts), and fifth-year players Josie Durr and Jenny Cape who return to the pitch after being sidelined in 2021. Durr scored her first goal of the season in Sunday’s, 4-0, victory over DePaul.
MEET THE NEWCOMERS
The Hawkeyes welcome 14 newcomers in 2022, including eight incoming freshmen and six transfers.
- The freshman class features Kellen Fife, Aubrey Hahn, Emma Kozicki, Morgan Leitz, Halle Skibo, Makenna Vonderhaar, Camille Welker, and Broolyn Woods.
- Iowa also welcomes graduate students Cassidy Formanek (Houston), Molly Gervase (Denver), Caroline Halonen (Northern Michigan), and Anastasia Savich (Butler), as well as transfer students Kyndal Anderson (Furman) and Elle Otto (Mississippi State). Anderson scored the game-winners against Cal Poly and DePaul.
- Three of Iowa’s four goal scorers so far this season are newcomers; Anderson has recorded two game-clinching goals and three total on the season, while Welker and Fife each converted in the win against DePaul on Aug. 28.
2 FOR THE MONEY
The Hawkeyes are undefeated in their last 32 games when scoring two goals or more. Since the start of the 2018 season, Iowa has a record of 31-0-1 when scoring two goals or more. That includes a 1-0 record in 2022, 9-0 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).
Sara Wheaton (4), Brooklyn Woods (3), Hailey Rydberg (2), Samantha Cary (2), Josie Durr, and Rielee Fetty have each played the entirety of at least one game this season.
DEPTH AT GOALKEEPER
Iowa features depth at goalkeeper with redshirt senior Monica Wilhelm and junior Macy Enneking holding down the net. The Iowa defense posted seven shutouts and held 18 opponents to two scores or fewer through 20 games last season with both players in goal throughout the year.
- Redshirt junior Monica Wilhelm notched 58 saves while allowing just 17 goals through 16 starts. Wilhelm tallied a career-best 11 saves against Rutgers last season.
- Sophomore Macy Enneking saw action in five games down the stretch in 2021, including four starts. She tallied 27 saves and allowed three goals in that span.
- In 2020, Enneking was the only unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection 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.
- This season, Enneking has posted six saves at an .857 percentage through 176 minutes, while Wilhelm has recorded 18 saves at a .900 percentage in 364 minutes played.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Eleven different Hawkeyes combined for 31 goals in 2021. Alyssa Walker (‘21) led the way offensively with nine goals and 20 points, finishing third in the Big Ten in goals scored.
- As for Iowa’s returning players, forward Kenzie Roling put up six goals for 12 points to finish second on the team in both statistical categories. Samantha Cary and Hailey Rydberg each sank a pair of goals, while defenders Sara Wheaton, Natalie Massa, and Maggie Johnston each scored one goal apiece.
- Rydberg tallied a team-best seven assists, while freshman Addie Bundy was close behind with six assists. Iowa outshot opponents, 290-243, and won the shots on goal battle,139-110, last season.
- In 2022, four Hawkeyes have combined for six goals. They are Kyndal Anderson (3), Josie Durr (1), Kellen Fife (1), and Camille Welker (1). Sophomore Elle Otto and senior Sara Wheaton leads Iowa with two assists each this season.
Iowa returns home to open Big Ten play against Wisconsin on Sept. 16. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT), and fans are encouraged to participate in the “Blackout” theme. The Hawkeyes head to East Lansing, Michigan, the following week for a 6 p.m. match against Michigan State on Sept. 22.a on Sept. 11. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (CT).