Fresh faces energize soccer

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Fresh faces energize soccer

Iowa defender Amanda Lulek kicks the ball away from Chicago forward Emily Wauer at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. The Hawkeyes defeated the Flames 3-0. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)

Iowa defender Amanda Lulek kicks the ball away from Chicago forward Emily Wauer at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. The Hawkeyes defeated the Flames 3-0. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)

Iowa defender Amanda Lulek kicks the ball away from Chicago forward Emily Wauer at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. The Hawkeyes defeated the Flames 3-0. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)

Iowa defender Amanda Lulek kicks the ball away from Chicago forward Emily Wauer at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. The Hawkeyes defeated the Flames 3-0. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)


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Hannah Brobst and Rose Ripslinger saw game minutes for the first time in their college careers Sunday.

By Courtney Baumann
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Two Hawkeyes were reminded what competitive soccer was like when they saw game time for the first time in their college careers in Sunday’s match against Illinois-Chicago.

Redshirt freshman Rose Ripslinger and freshman Hannah Brobst got into the game during the second half of the last nonconference matchup of the season.

The two Hawks were unable to start the season right away because of injuries. Ripslinger redshirted in 2014 because of a torn ACL, and she was still rehabbing at the beginning of the season. Brobst came into her freshman year with a hip issue and was finally well enough to make an appearance this past weekend.

Ripslinger played 12 minutes, and Brobst was in the game for 18.

For Brobst, the first-time experience became even sweeter fewer than four minutes into her appearance. The native of St. Louis scored the second goal of the game and the first of her career with the assistance of freshman Alina Magruder.

“I was nervous going in for the first few minutes, but when I got that first touch, I was like, ‘OK, I can do this,’ ” Brobst said. “I was just so excited to be out there, and scoring made it 10 times better.”

Neither played a large number of minutes against the Flames, but that was  OK with them — for now.

Earning more minutes will be a process for the two underclassmen, but head coach Dave DiIanni has no doubt whether the Hawkeyes will put up a fight to get into the game.

“[Brobst] is somebody you’re going to see, and Rose as well, where every day they’ll get a little bit better, and they’ll start creeping in and taking some minutes from some people because they’re competitors,” DiIanni said. “They want to be on the field, and they work really hard.”

Although it may be a long road, both are willing to continue to work to prove themselves worthy of a spot on the field.

For now, the two are willing to take whatever they can get in terms of minutes to try to get into the game-time state of mind.

Both DiIanni and Ripslinger noted that match minutes are very different from practice minutes — not only because the speed of the game is quicker but also because the opponents are not as forgiving as teammates in practice.

The opposition was no longer teammates in a scrimmage at practice — they were people who are strangers, people who wanted to win, people who did not care that they were just getting over injuries.

“[My teammates] all know my situation, where I’m at, but when you’re playing against a different team, they can slide tackle you and do whatever they want. It’s a lot more physical,” Ripslinger said. “Just a game is so much more competitive.”

Rather than running away scared or worried about further injuring themselves, the women look toward the future.

“I just want to keep slowly bumping up my minutes in games to hopefully to be able to stay in the game for longer,” Ripslinger said. “Then I want to eventually be able to give assists and score goals for our team in the Big Ten and make it to the Big Ten finals again.”

Follow @cbomb12 on Twitter for news, analysis, and updates on the Iowa soccer team.

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