Iowa's 2 defensive midfielders are key to early success
Big Ten Tournament Championship Game West Lafayette, Ind.
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals West Lafayette, Ind.
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals West Lafayette, Ind.
Oct. 17, 2014 Iowa Soccer Complex Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa 1, Northwestern 0 Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
2013 as a Junior... Started 22-of-23 matches, logging 1,938 minutes... scored four goals on 18 shots and had one assist... netted game-winning goals in a 3-0 triumph over Iowa State and a 1-0 victory over Michigan State... missed Iowa's NCAA Tournament matchup at Notre Dame because of injury... assisted an Iowa defense that ranked second in the Big Ten in shutouts (10) and fourth in goals against average (1.07)... member of an Iowa team that posted a school-record 15 victories, advanced to its first Big Ten Tournament championship game and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance... letterwinner.
2012 as a Sophomore... Started every match as a defensive midfielder, logging 1,664 minutes... co-winner of Iowa's Most Valuable Player award... part of defense that set the program record for shutouts in a season (10) and tied the record for fewest goals allowed in a regular season (17)... played every minute in Big Ten matches... tallied an assist against Northern Iowa... led defense that ranked third in the Big Ten in goals allowed (19) and goals against average (0.87)... part of team that earned second most wins in a season in program history... letterwinner.
2011 as a Freshman... Played 19 games as a defender... part of an Iowa defense that allowed an all-time low 17 goals on the season... recorded first career assist against Northwestern (Oct. 23)... fired nine shots, five on goal... part of team that set or equaled nine school records... letterwinner.
High School... Earned IHSSCA and Chicago Tribune all-state recognition... was named an ESPN Stat All-Star... earned the distinction of Braveheart, Best Defensive Player, and Iron Trevian Award from her New Trier High School team... was named team captain as a senior... named Rookie of the Year as a freshman... earned all-conference and Defensive Player of the Year recognition as well as all-state honorable mention following her junior campaign... was a part of the team that recorded 18, 17 and 14 shutouts in consecutive seasons... team was conference champions in 2009, 2010 and 2011... also played on the lacrosse team that took first in the conference with a perfect 24-0 record... competed on club teams for soccer and lacrosse, as well as the Illinois state ODP team... named to the honor roll each semester of high school... volunteered as coach of youth soccer and middle school volleyball teams.
Personal... Born Aug. 9, 1993... daughter of Mike and Karen Thomas... has one brother, Michael... mother was a cheerleader at Pittsburgh, father played football at Washington and Jefferson College, grandfather played football at Cal... high school coach was Jim Burnside... club team coach was Frank Matues... interdepartmental studies major.