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Iowa women’s soccer logging minutes via intrasquad scrimmage

Iowa defender Riley Whitaker navigates the field during a women's soccer match between Iowa and Western Michigan on Thursday, August 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Broncos, 2-0.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

October 19, 2020

After about six months off, the Iowa women’s soccer team has finally gotten to play some semi-competitive matches. The team first scrimmaged on Oct. 9, playing to a 0-0 draw as the team was split in two. Being out on the pitch in a competitive setting was exciting for everyone involved, as it...

Iowa soccer’s Rydberg earns captaincy through her hard work and vocal presence

Iowa Midfielder Hailey Rydberg runs the pitch during the Iowa Women’s Soccer game versus Northwestern at the Hawkeye Soccer Complex in Iowa City on Sunday, September 29, 2019. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 2-1 in overtime.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

October 13, 2020

In a season where quality leadership has been needed more than ever, junior Hailey Rydberg has stepped into a larger role. With just one senior on the team this season, it was clear that the third-year class would need to elevate its presence. Rydberg, along with fellow junior Riley Whitaker, was n...

Hawkeye players reflect on their soccer journeys

Iowa defender Riley Whitaker throws the ball during a soccer game between Iowa and Illinois on Sept. 26, 2019 at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini, 3-1.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

October 8, 2020

Long considered the world’s game, with a countless number of fans and players that reach nearly every corner of the globe, soccer isn’t the same wide attraction in U.S. But the game is gaining momentum stateside. For many in the U.S., playing soccer is just a one-time experience at a young...

Young Iowa soccer forward line spearheaded by junior Tawharu

Forward Samantha Tawharu prepares to rush the ball during the women’s soccer game against Nebraska at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers 1-0.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

September 30, 2020

There is no denying the success that the Iowa soccer team had last season. Whether it was solid passing and possession, having the ability to win the ball back when the team turned over possession or keeping a solid backline shape, the Hawkeyes were very organized and well managed. However, one a...

Associate head coach Blair Quinn making an impact for Iowa soccer

Goalkeeper Claire Graves narrowly blocks a goal during the women’s soccer game against Nebraska at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers 1-0.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

September 29, 2020

Iowa soccer associate head coach Blair Quinn certainly has a lot of miles under his belt, having coached in multiple places since 2000. Quinn carved himself out a nice playing career, both collegiate and professional. At Rockhurst University, he helped his team in deep tournament runs and earne...

NCAA Division I Board of Directors announces dates for fall sports in spring

Iowa setter Brie Orr celebrates a point during the Iowa volleyball game against Indiana at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Hoosiers 3-1.

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor

September 23, 2020

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors decided when NCAA Division I fall championships and sports will take place in the spring Tuesday. This decision impacts men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, FCS football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s water...

Backline the key to success for Iowa women’s soccer

Iowa defender Riley Whitaker throws the ball during a soccer game between Iowa and Illinois on Sept. 26, 2019 at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini, 3-1.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

September 14, 2020

It is said that defense wins championships, and if that logic is anything to live by, the Iowa women’s soccer team is in great shape to start the upcoming season. Despite losing 13 seniors from last year’s roster, the team will return three of last year’s four starters on defense. Riley...

Iowa soccer managers selfless in serving team

Fan watch during Iowa's match against Illinois State on Sunday, September 1, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Red Birds 4-3.

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2020

There are always people on a team that make a difference behind the scenes. For the Iowa soccer team, those people are its two managers– Danita Brown and Sarah Schade. They started being managers last season. The pair assists the team in whatever way they can, such as getting to practice an ho...

Iowa soccer ushering in new leadership group

Iowa midfielder Hailey Rydberg makes a pass during a women's soccer match between Iowa and Maryland at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The Hawkeyes shut out the Terrapins, 4-0.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

September 8, 2020

Normally, graduating 13 seniors is a large enough challenge for any team. However, with a short spring season and strange summer and fall schedules, new leaders on the Iowa soccer team are facing plenty of obstacles as they adjust to their new roles on the team. What makes things even more inter...

Iowa head soccer coach Dave DiIanni discusses team’s tactics

Iowa Head Coach Dave Diianni speaks to the team during the Iowa versus Ohio State game at the University of Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, October 27, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Buckeyes 2-1 in double overtime.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

September 3, 2020

Iowa women’s soccer coach Dave DiIanni has overseen the program’s steady ascent in recent years, culminating in a historic season in 2019. The team set numerous records and clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second time ever. A large part of that success can be attributed to th...

Iowa women’s soccer finding transition back easy after a break

Iowa Forward Skylar Alward retreats during the Iowa Women’s Soccer game versus Northwestern at the Hawkeye Soccer Complex in Iowa City on Sunday, September 29, 2019. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 2-1 in overtime.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

August 30, 2020

Of all the struggles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption of regular team training regimens may be the hardest of all challenges student-athletes have faced. The Iowa women’s soccer team was sent home in the middle of a productive spring season before hearing the news of the c...

Iowa soccer recruiting on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions

Iowa Head Coach Dave Diianni speaks to the team during the Iowa versus Ohio State game at the University of Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, October 27, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Buckeyes 2-1 in double overtime.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

August 26, 2020

Getting recruited to come play soccer at the University of Iowa was simple for junior Sara Wheaton. The same was true for fellow third-year Hailey Rydberg. With COVID-19 halting recruiting, the process is anything but simple at the moment. “It has really created a big void not only for t...