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Iowa field hockey fans will be able to follow along with the Hawkeyes as they blog about the spring season and their international travel experiences.

For more on the four UI field hockey standouts who are competing for National Teams around the globe, click here.

Most recent blogs

  • Stephanie Norlander -- August 3, 2013
  • Karli Johansen -- August 1, 2013
  • Karli Johansen -- July 24, 2013
  • Kathleen McGraw -- April 6, 2012
  • Jessica Barnett -- April 4, 2012
  • Karli Johansen -- April 4, 2012
  • Stephanie Norlander

    August 3, 2013

    Today is our 14th day in Monchengladbach, and although we head home in two days, we still have one more important game left.

    Everything about the tournament has been awesome. Our fans that came all the way from home have been great, the atmosphere at the field is unreal, and playing against so many different countries has been really cool. We played Argentina, China, and South Africa in pool play, and even though the results weren't what we hoped for, each game taught us a lot.

    Since we did not come top 2 in our pool we started to play off for spots 9-16. We started with Korea, a very talented team, but we were able to give them a hard time and the game could have gone either way. Disappointed with our 3-1 loss to Korea, we came out flying against Russia and finally ended up with a big 5-1 win! We will look to come out tomorrow with the same focus and energy and finish the tournament off on a good note.

                                           -- Stephanie Norlander


    Karli Johansen

    August 1, 2013

    So far we have played 4-of-6 games in the tournament, vs. Argentina, China, South Africa, and Korea. The first three were pool games, and unfortunately we did not place in the top two in our pool, so we were bumped out of the top 8. We played Korea today (Aug. 1) and lost 3-1, but it was a good game and we were happy with the way we played.

    Junior World Cup is such a fun experience, no matter what the outcome. Playing so many different teams from around the world is giving us such a good opportunity to see and play against different playing styles, and to grow as a team, as well as individually. We can also watch other teams play and learn from that... today we watched a senior game -- Germany vs. Netherlands. Seeing the Olympic gold medalists play live was pretty amazing.

    We play Russia tomorrow, with the goal of, again, sticking to the game plan and playing well... of course we are also really hoping to get some positive results this time.

                                           -- Karli Johansen


    Karli Johansen

    July 24, 2013

    We left Vancouver on Sunday evening and arrived at our hotel in Monchengladbach on Monday afternoon, and took the rest of the day off after the long trip. On Tuesday morning (yesterday) we had practice to "shake the cobwebs out," as Coach Ian would say. The stadium is amazing! By far the biggest I have ever played in. The atmosphere during games is going to be awesome.

    We spent the afternoon decorating our team room at the hotel - a good way to keep the jet lag off our minds and express some pride. Today, we had a test match vs. England; we tied 2-2, after coming back from a 2-0 deficit.

                                           -- Karli Johansen


    Kathleen McGraw

    April 6, 2012

    With day six of my international adventure drawing to a close, we lead the U21 USA v England series 2-1. All week long, the matches have been a battle to the end--decided by slim margins. I left Iowa last Saturday not quite knowing what to expect. Three airports and a bus ride later we arrived at the Lilleshall Training Center (a facility that is home to variety of elite English athletes). The facility is tucked away in the countryside of Shropshire in the northern part of England. Despite the cold weather and a few luggage setbacks, we began training right away to prepare for our four game series against the U21 English national team. Throughout training, the coaching staff kept emphasizing the physicality of the English style of play. By the time game one rolled around, we had four training sessions under our belts, and we were anxious to test our skills against an opponent. It was a balmy 37 degrees under the lights on Tuesday evening for the first match up. We were able to dominate up front with our speed and scrappy play around the goal. However, in game two, true to form, the English brought a whole new level of physicality to their play, and they came up with the win. With the series tied, our squad made some key tactical adjustments with our pressing and out letting structures. After an early English goal, the US battled back to win the game 3-2.

    My overall experience here has been great. The people are unbelievably hospitable, the food is delicious, and the competition level is high. It has been an honor and a privilege to compete for my country in an international arena. The speed of play coupled with high levels of tactical execution has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses within my own game. So far this opportunity has been invaluable, and winning the game and the series tomorrow would be the icing on the cake.

                                           -- Kathleen McGraw

    Jessica Barnett

    April 4, 2012

    I arrived at Vancouver international airport at around 11:30am on Friday morning. Training began the next day, so I was fortunate enough to be able to get in a day early and try to catch up on some sleep. Saturday was a big day for us. There were two sessions planned, one testing and one training. Our testing consisted of sprinting, agilities, jumping for distance and a repetition sprint test. The Hawkeyes definitely showed what they were capable of, giving great efforts on all of the tests. From then on, our schedule consisted of a ton of training, eating and sleeping. As the days went on, we all started to get pretty anxious to play a real game.

    Today, after four days of training we finally got to play our first match against the U.S. We were very lucky that the weather held out for us, as it had been very miserable the day before. It even hailed at one point, so the sun was a pleasant change. There was a fairly large crowded gathered around the field to watch that game which surprised me a little bit. It was a pretty cool experience to be able to put on a jersey that read Canada across the front for the first time. About 20 minutes into the first half we scored our first goal making the score 1-0. Although we had multiple scoring opportunities, the goal keeper had a great game and kept the score at 1-0 for the remainder of the half. In the second half the Americans had an opportunity to tie the score with 1 minute left in play but were unable to capitalize. The final score of the first game of the series was 1-0 for Canada. I am looking forward to the game tomorrow as well as the rest of the series.

                                           JB � (Jessica Barnett)

    Karli Johansen

    April 4, 2012

    The first four days of training went well. We had fitness testing on the first day, Saturday. Coach was impressed with his "Iowa farm girls". The rest of Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were all practice days, testing out team dynamic and prepping for the games. They all went well too, even in the typical Vancouver rain. Other than a nutrition seminar and meetings with our sports psychiatrist, it�s basically been eat, sleep, and play field hockey, but JB, Kim, and I were definitely thinking of our teammates in Louisville over the weekend. SO happy to hear we went undefeated! GO HAWKS!

    We had a game today vs. the USA U19 team. It was 1-0 for Canada, and as the team put it in the post game huddle, "we left room for improvement". However, we still dominated the play, and it felt great to start out the week and our first game together with a WIN! The squad looks awesome so far, I'm proud to be a part of it.

    Karli � (Karli Johansen)

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