It was, as we say, a rough weekend for the Iowa soccer team.
The Hawkeyes dropped the first of the two games — a 1-0 loss to Maryland and then another 1-0 loss to No. 25 Rutgers.
Those two losses put Iowa at 3-2 in conference play with a 8-3 record overall. The Hawkeyes also dropped out of the Soccer America poll after being ranked No. 13 last week. They managed to drop out of the Top Drawer Soccer poll as well.
Their RPI ranking took a huge hit as well- they fell from No. 68 to No. 84. To top things off, they are also no longer receiving any votes in the NSCAA coaches poll.
A quick look at the Big Ten Standings:
The Hawkeyes now find themselves in the middle of the pack — a far cry from their time spent tied with Penn State at the top of the conference. Looking forward, Iowa plays Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin in a seven-day stretch between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8. The weakest of those teams — the Spartans — still are ranked 30 RPI spots ahead of the Hawkeyes, despite Iowa owning a better record.
Oh, and Michigan is ranked No. 51 in RPI and Wisconsin is No. 12.
It’ll take something special for Iowa to get out of this stretch with any conference points and while not impossible- it certainly could get very ugly, very quickly.
Box score vs. Maryland (via Hawkeye Sports)
Box score vs. Rutgers (via Hawkeye Sports)