Change afoot in soccer


In his first year at the healm, head coach Dave DiIanni maximized the talents of his team, while making adjustments to the program, which lead to another successful season for the UI soccer team. At the beginning of the season, the Hawkeyes were picked to finish near the back at the Big Ten.

While DiIanni was successful as a Divsion-II coach, no one was buying that the Hawks would have a successful season.

What to know:

The Hawkeyes went all the way to the Big Ten Tournament championship for the second straight year in 2014, though a return trip will be difficult. Second-year head coach Dave DiIanni leads a squad that will have to deal with losing two of its best players in years — Melanie Pickert and Cloe Lacasse.

Those two helped lead Iowa to its first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament in 2013, though they fell just short of making a return trip in 2014.

Whom to know:

Iowa will look to juniors Bri Toelle and Natalie Krygier to provide an offensive spark. Toelle played forward for the majority of last season and spent a lot of time putting Lacasse in good position to score.

Krygier mostly plays midfielder and defender, but the former Connecticut transfer still had three goals and four assists in 2014. Look for her to also make a number of impressive plays on the defensive side of the field as well.

Looking forward:

With such tremendous talent leaving Iowa through graduation, the Hawkeyes will be hard-pressed to find wins in a tough Big Ten. DiIanni will surely be tested with this squad.

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