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Soccer Hawkeyes to kick off season this weekend

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa soccer team's 2011 season begins today in Chicago, as the Hawkeyes will face DePaul.

The Black and Gold are coming off a last-place finish in the Big Ten (8-9-3, 1-7-2) and will battle the Blue Demons, who finished fourth in the Big East last season with a record of 11-9-2 and are returning eight starters.

Iowa will look to stay focused for the entire 90 minutes and play as well as they did in a 6-0 exhibition win over Drake on Aug. 13.

"I think the one thing we didn't get tested on [against Drake] was the pace; we're going to have to play against DePaul in order to keep possession of the ball," coach Ron Rainey said. "We're just trying to put our players in the best positions for them to compete."

Three freshmen are expected to start for the Hawkeyes — defenders Caitlin Brown, Melanie Pickert and forward Cloe Lacasse.

"We had 10 incoming freshman, but right off the bat, chemistry has been awesome," senior forward Alyssa Cosnek said. "Everyone is having fun and working really hard."

The Big Ten released its 2011 women's soccer pre-season poll on Tuesday, and the Hawkeyes are ranked last.

Rainey's team has three members on the Big Ten Women's Soccer Players to Watch list, though: Junior midfielder Dana Dalrymple, senior goalkeeper Emily Moran, and senior midfielder Morgan Showalter.

The Hawkeyes will return to Iowa City after their game as they prepare for their home opener on Aug. 21 against Southeast Missouri State at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

— by Ben Wolfson


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