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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.
During the COVID-19 break, the team worked hard to stay in shape and get touches on the ball.
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...

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.
In-person visits are out of the question due to restrictions put into place as a result of the virus. Coaches are only allowed to contact recruits over the phone or by email during this recruiting dead period.
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...

Iowa soccer’s freshmen adjusting during unusual times

The Iowa Soccer Complex is seen during a women's soccer match between Iowa and Western Michigan on Thursday, August 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Broncos, 2-0. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)
With no games in the immediate future, the freshmen have had more time to adjust than they previously would have.
August 23, 2020

Typically, freshmen on the Iowa soccer team would have experienced their first college game by now. Due to the Big Ten’s postponement of fall sports amid concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, however,...

Big Ten postpones fall 2020 sports

Kinnick Stadium is seen fom the north end zone at Iowa Football Media Day on Friday, August 9, 2019.
The Big Ten announced that fall sports, including football, have been postponed. Fall sports being played in the spring is a possibility.
August 11, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday that it is postponing all fall sports for the 2020 season due to concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision includes regular-season competitions...

Big Ten Conference releases COVID-19 medical protocols

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren addresses reporters regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Big Ten men's basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Big Ten athletes will be required to be tested for COVID-19 at least once weekly.
August 5, 2020

Along with its new 2020 football schedule, the Big Ten announced the conference's COVID-19 medical protocols Wednesday morning. The protocols were jointly authored by the Big Ten Task Force for...

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren sends letter to conference’s ADs addressing fall sports, training camps

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren addresses reporters regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Big Ten men's basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Iowa and other Big Ten football teams are scheduled to start fall training camp Aug. 7.
July 31, 2020

According to a letter that was reportedly sent to Big Ten athletic directors Thursday by Commissioner Kevin Warren and Dr. Chris Kratochvil, the chair of the conference's Task Force for Emerging Infectious...

Monica Wilhelm prepared to lead Iowa soccer team’s goalkeepers

Fan watch during Iowa's match against Illinois State on Sunday, September 1, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Red Birds 4-3.
After learning from Claire Graves the past two seasons, the Antioch, Illinois, native is ready to take her place as the starting goalkeeper.
July 30, 2020

Replacing a four-year starter is not easy, but redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm is ready to take that leap and replace Claire Graves. The Antioch, Illinois, native said that the Iowa...

NCAA Division I Coordination Committee issues waiver on minimum contests

Fan watch during Iowa's match against Illinois State on Sunday, September 1, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Red Birds 4-3.
Teams in fall sports other than football can play 50 percent of minimum required contests.
July 27, 2020

The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee announced Monday that it has granted a blanket waiver that reduces the current legislated minimum number of contests that teams in fall sports other...

Iowa head coaches using social media to encourage mask wearing

Coach Rick Heller takes the field during the game against Bradley on March 26, 2019 at Duane Banks Field. The Hawks took the victory, 4-2.
As COVID-19 continues to be a concern, University of Iowa coaches have taken to social media to promote wearing masks to try to flatten the curve and protect fall sports seasons.
July 16, 2020

While fall sports remain uncertain as concerns with COVID-19 continue, many University of Iowa coaches have come forward on social media to promote wearing a face covering to help prevent the spread...

Former Iowa soccer coach Ron Rainey looks back on program’s historic 2013 season

Iowa head coach Ron Rainey reacts to the team's passing against North Dakota at the Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City on Sunday, August 19, 2012. The Hawkeyes recorded a 3-0 victory over UND.
Catching fire at the right time was key for the program to make its first NCAA Tournament appearance seven years ago.
July 15, 2020

Before the 2013 Iowa soccer season started, head coach Ron Rainey had his players go through “The Program.” Run by a military member, it helped the Hawkeyes bond early in the season. That...

Iowa soccer program using Alumnae Committee to connect current and former players

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.
The committee was formed in order to help former Iowa players feel more connected with the program they had put so much time and effort into.
July 14, 2020

When head coach Dave DiIanni arrived at Iowa six years ago after coaching at Grand Valley State for 11 years, he noticed that something was missing in terms of the connection between the Iowa soccer...

Interactive: COVID-19 testing data from Big Ten athletic departments

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren addresses reporters regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Big Ten men's basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
The Big Ten Conference announced July 9 the move to conference-only schedules for the 2020 fall seasons. The DI took a look at COVID-19 testing data from the 14 Big Ten athletic departments. Click on an icon for more information.
July 13, 2020

The Big Ten Conference took a major step in preparing for the fall athletic schedule by announcing on July 9 that if sports can be played in the fall based on medical advice, it will move to conference-only...

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