Sept. 25, 2007
The sixth-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team (8-2, 0-1) returns to Grant Field to host Indiana (5-4, 0-1) Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT).
Indiana (5-4, 0-1)
The Hoosiers have earned an overall record of 5-4. Iowa and Indiana have two common opponents this season, Wake Forest and Missouri State. Wake Forest defeated Indiana 2-1, while the Hawkeyes downed the Demon Deacons 3-0. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes both dismantled Missouri State 8-0 and 6-1, respectively.
Indiana has a lot of scoring potential, they have scored eight goals in two games this season.
Kate O'Connell leads Indiana with five goals and 24 shots and is second in assists (five).
Last week, the Hoosiers dropped their Big Ten opener 2-1 against Ohio State, but bounced back against Missouri State 8-0.
Griesbaum On Indiana
"Indiana will be a tough opponent." Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum said. "They are playing well and have solid players in each line.
"We will be focusing on scoring this week as we have had numerous opportunities to put the ball in the net this season and we are missing easy chances." Griesbaum said.
"Individuals will be asked to step up their game as we move both the offense and defense forward this week in practice." Griesbaum concluded by saying, "We are excited to be back home on Grant Field this weekend."
The Hawkeyes dropped their Big Ten opener and second game this season last Friday at Michigan, but rebounded against Central Michigan with another shutout.
The Wolverines beat Iowa in double overtime 3-2. Junior Lauren Pfeiffer scored both Hawkeye goals in the first half. Michigan scored two goals in the final five minutes of regulation to tie the game.
Iowa defeated Central Michigan 3-0, the fifth shutout for the Hawkeyes this season. Pfeiffer scored two goals for the second consecutive game.
What Griesbaum Thought
"We suffered a devastating loss at Michigan." Griesbaum said. "We did not manage the clock well at all. We were able to dominate the first half but Michigan returned the favor in the second half and completely controlled the half. Our performance was not acceptable."
"We discussed rebounding and allowing our performance on Sunday to give us momentum for the week leading up to Indiana." Griesbaum said. "Our play against Central Michigan was solid and there are things we can take from the game to propel us into the next week."
"Our penalty corner execution was outstanding throughout the weekend." Griesbaum concluded.
Iowa has scored 32 goals this season (10 games), nine more than last year after ten games (21).
Pfeiffer Scores Four
Junior Lauren Pfeiffer scored four goals last weekend. She scored both Iowa goals in a 3-2 double overtime loss against Michigan and added two more against Central Michigan in a 3-0 win.
Pfeiffer has recorded the second most goals in the Big Ten this season with a team high of eight.
Munley Earns Fourth Shutout
Junior goalkeeper Lissa Munley earned her fourth shutout of the season and seventh of her career against Central Michigan.
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten with five shutout this season. Munley played all but nine minutes of the fifth shutout, therefore it not being credited to her.
Iowa Ranks In Big Ten
The Hawkeyes are first in the Big Ten in penalty corners awarded (93) shutouts (5) and tied for first in defensive saves (1). They are second in scoring average (3.15), shots (156), goals scored (29) and assists (21). Iowa also has accumulated the second best overall record (8-2) in the Big Ten. The are only behind Michigan State at 9-1.
Four On Top Of Big Ten
Four Iowa juniors lead the Big Ten in five categories. Lauren Pfeiffer in shots (51) and shots per game (5.11), Lindsey Duffy in game-winning goals (3), Roz Ellis in defensive saves (1) and Lissa Munley in shutouts (4).
Have You Seen This?
Junior Roz Ellis has a shot percentage of .545. That is the best percentage on the team, with the next closest being .333 by Jess Werley who has converted twice on six shots. Ellis has recorded six goals on only 14 shots.
How `Bout Them Hawkeyes
The 2007 Hawkeyes have a record of 8-2, the best record in the first ten games since 2003.
Seven Have Surpassed