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Heart Of Soccer HomeStand Upcoming
Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire soccer team is in the middle of a six-game homestand with three of those games coming either Wednesday or this weekend.
Wednesday's game against conference rival UW-Stout starts at 4:00 p.m. The weekend begins Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against another Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) foe UW-Whitewater. Sunday's Hamline University contest also kicks off at 2:00 p.m.
The Blugolds are 6-0-0 and 1-0-0 in the WIAC. They are ranked sixth in the nation in the NSCAA/Adidas poll and 21st in the D3Kicks.com poll. Maria Iaizzo (Sr.-White Bear Lake, MN) and Amy Smith (So.-Bloomington, MN/Jefferson) lead in points (8) and goals (3) and they also are tied with Liz Kooistra (So.-Lakeville, MN) for the assist lead with two each. Iaizzo's nine shots on goal are also tops. Liz Weirick (Jr.-Kenosha/Tremper) and Allie Rivard (So.-Plymouth, MN/Wayzata) are at or near the top in most conference goalie stats due to the five shutouts Eau Claire has put up in six games. Only one goal has been scored on Eau Claire and that was a penalty shot. The defense has allowed one goal in 559:18 and has outscored the opponent 11-1 thus far. They have outshot opponents 105-26 and have more shots on goal by a 35-11 clip. The Blugolds also have momentum following the biggest win of the year after defeating a competitive Concordia-Moorhead team 1-0 in double overtime Sunday.
The Blue Devils are 1-4-0 this year and 0-1-0 in the conference. The one win was an overtime one against Bethel University and the conference loss came at the hands of UW-Oshkosh. Stout finished third in the WIAC last year and is returning its top scorer Michelle Lizotte, the only returning All-WIAC team member. In the season the team has been outscored 4-11 and outshot 42-132. Shots on goal go against Stout by a count of 63-25. Eau Claire is 11-2-2 all-time versus the Blue Devil crew.
The Warhawks have seen a similar season, going 1-5-0 and 0-1-0. The WIAC loss came to UW-River Falls while the victory was over the University of Dubuque. The Warkawks have been outscored 14-8 and outshot 69-65 the entire season. Only three seniors are returning to the Warhawks. The lone representative on the 2005 All-WIAC team, Lindsey Kohlbeck, is one of those returning veterans, however. The 14-2-1 lifetime record between these two schools is in favor of Eau Claire.
Hamline sits at 1-2-1. The team is even with its challengers at six goals apiece but it has been outshot 67-43. The shots on goal are against the Pipers 36-23. Last year's two top scorers, Ann Donner and Anna McMahon, return. They were elected, along with returning defender Christine Feely, to All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) honorable mention spots. Eau Claire has faced the Pipers twice and has won both contests.
The Blugolds are not only riding a six-game winning streak but also an 11-game winning streak at home. In fact, Bollinger Fields has not seen a Blugold loss since October of 2004.