Iowa Soccer Set to Open Season
Aug 22, 2013
ON THE WEB
Drake returns a strong nucleus of players, with junior Ashlie Stokes and seniors Megan Fisher, Brittany Schuling, and Kalena Litch each being named to the preseason All-MVC first team. Stokes and senior Generve Charles paced the Bulldogs in scoring, netting seven and six goals, respectively.
Lindsey Horner returns for her sixth season as Drake's head coach.
DRAKE VS. IOWA -- THE SERIES
SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN
The Broncos open their regular season with a home contest against Saint Louis on Aug. 23. Western Michigan has played two exhibition games against Michigan and IPFW, losing to the Wolverines by a score of 5-0, and tying the Mastodons, 2-2.
Western Michigan returns its top three goal scorers from last season in juniors Rachel Chaney, Diana Dedvukaj, and Aubrey Sudomier. Chaney led the squad with four strikes.
Western Michigan is guided by second-year head coach Nate Norman.
WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. IOWA -- THE SERIES
ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH
Iowa's last nonconference loss came during the 2010 season against Nebraska, a year before they joined the Big Ten.
During the two-year period, the Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents, 65-8.
Clark allowed one goal and made two saves during her 52 :11 time in goal. Beck made three saves and allowed no goals in her 37:49 stay in front of the net.
Lacasse netted 13 goals for the eighth highest total in the Big Ten in 2012. She tied for fourth in the conference with five game-winning goals. Catrell scored seven goals last season, pushing her career total to 12, and Nasenbenny added four goals, one short of her career best five in 2011.
Scott started every game as a freshman at central defender, and played every minute of the 2012 season at the position.
The Tinley Park, Ill. native tallied a goal in an exhibition match against her former team on Aug. 17.
HAWKEYES ON TV
The Hawkeyes' Sept. 22 contest with Michigan will be broadcast live on BTN. The match will begin at 1 p.m. (CT).
The Big Ten Digital Network will broadcast Iowa's games against Northern Iowa (Sept. 17), Michigan State (Oct. 6), and Ohio State (Oct. 27).
The BTN will also be televising the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 6-10.
LACASSE HISTORICALLY SPEAKING
The Sudbury, Ontario, native is currently tied for fourth for the most goals in a career (25), tied for third in career points (63), and fourth in career shots (152).
Lacasse has led Iowa in goals scored, points, and shots taken in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Lacasse was named Iowa's MVP in 2012, scoring goals in each of the team's first nine matches. She was named to the Madness' 2012 all Big Ten first-team by CollegeSportsMadness.com, and was an All-Great Lakes Region second team honoree by the NSCAA.
B1G IN THE POLLS
Penn State was ranked No. 4 in the poll. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten in 2012, finishing with a conference record of 10-0-1.
Michigan came in at No. 19. The Wolverines finished third with a 7-2-2 conference mark.
Ohio State was voted No. 23 in the poll after going 8-2-1 in 2012, which gave it a runner-up Big Ten finish.
Illinois also received votes.