Senior Ashley Capone and Junior Erin Zaideman also had noteworthy performances over the past week.
Capone was instrumental in the Panthers' double overtime victory at Eastern Illinois. Coming off the bench and providing valuable minutes as a senior can be tough mentally, but Capone hasn't let it affect her play. She stepped up when called upon at EIU, handling the corner kicks and the set pieces for UNI. Capone hit a strike from the top of the box in double-overtime and buried it in the back of the net, giving UNI the 2-1 victory. Capone tallied three shots with one coming on goal over the weekend (two games).
Zaideman has been great this season for UNI. She allowed one goal to EIU while posting two saves through 104+ minutes of play. She made four saves, including two spectacular diving saves while allowing three goals to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Her communication has been instrumental to UNI's defense and she has become a vocal leader on the squad. She has posted a 1.09 goals against average and a .714 save percentage en route to a 3-1 record.
Soccer Notes Aug. 27, 2012
The team is off to a 3-1 start. It marks the best start since the 2003 season (4-0). With a win on Friday, the Panthers would tie the best start in program history at 4-1 (2003).
The eight goals through the first four games tie a program-best that was also set in 2003. UNI outscored opponents 8-3 in 2003. The Panthers hold the advantage this season, 8-4.
Currently, UNI is averaging 2.00 goals per game. If UNI can sustain that pace, they would shatter a program record for goals per game that was set in 2003 (1.26).
UNI is outshooting opponents by a mark of 56-50. The Panthers hold a staggering advantage in corner kicks with 21 to their opponents' 13.
UNI goalkeepers have posted a goals against average of 0.96 through the first four games of the season, including two shutouts. The Panther keepers have a combined .765 save percentage and a win-loss record of 3-1.
The UNI offense has registered a .143 shot percentage and is limiting opponents to just a .080 shot percentage. The Panthers have 27 shots on goal to their opponents' 17. UNI is also taking advantage of their shots, putting .482 percent on goal.
Six different Panthers have scored a goal on the year with two of them scoring twice. Sharing the ball has been the key to UNI's success as six different Panthers have assists. The points have come from veterans and newcomers alike, as the upperclassmen have posted three goals and two assists while the underclassmen have posted five goals and four assists. 10 Panthers have a point on the year. In comparison, the 2011 campaign which was the second highest offense in program history in tallying points, saw nine Panthers score a goal, seven players tally an assist, and 12 players record a point.
UNI and UW-GB have played twice in their history. Each school has a win, Green Bay won 4-0 in 2010, and UNI was victorious in 2011 by a score of 1-0.
UNI and SIU-Edwardsville have only met once on the pitch, with SIUE coming away victorious, 2-1.
Senior Ashley Capone scored her sixth career goal in a 2-1 double overtime victory over Eastern Illinois. With the goal, Capone moves into sole-possession of eighth in program history for goals scored. Capone also ranks seventh in all-time points with 17. Nicole Ferlito is next on the list with 21. Capone tied a program record for overtime goals with her score at Eastern Illinois (1). Capone is just one assist away from tying the program record (5) for games with an assist. She currently has four games with an assist.
Senior Melissa Hagan moved in to a tie for second all-time with an assist against North Dakota. The assist gave her six in her career. Lindsay Davis holds the program record with seven assists.
Sophomores Charlotte Jones and Caitlyn Fuller are averaging .5 goals per game. Those tie the mark for the highest goals per game average in UNI history (Jane Masteller, 2001).
Junior goalkeeper Erin Zaideman has one shutout and one assisted-shutout through the first four games. Zaideman had just three shutouts a year ago. Her current goals against average of 1.09 is the second highest mark in program history (1.01, Anne Marie Witko, 2003). Zaideman posted a mark of 1.13 a season ago.
UNI vs. North Dakota - The Panthers had a record setting performance in the season opener against North Dakota. UNI set a program record for goals in a half with four, tied the largest winning margin at five (5-0), and set a program record for assists with five. UNI also tied the record for points in a game with 15.