Amid the brewing thunderstorm and onslaught of rain, the Iowa soccer team put on its media day on Tuesday to give people a glimpse into what the season might hold for the Hawkeyes. Second-year head coach Dave DiIanni talked about everything from the heartbreak that came with a loss in the Big Ten title game last year to how the team plans on dealing with some adversity during the beginning of this season.
Here are a few things we learned:
- Hannah Clark is in charge. As one of the four seniors and the lone captain of the team, the Hawk goalkeeper will be the go-to leader, and the Hawks expect her to be a vocal and key component.
- The team is young. As in, really young. The Hawkeyes lost 10 seniors at the end of the last season, and that made room for the 14 freshmen and redshirt freshmen on the squad.
- The first month of the season will be a work in progress. As of Tuesday, only five or six players were sure-fire starters. A few Hawkeyes — junior Natalie Krygier, redshirt freshman Rose Ripslinger, and freshman Hannah Brobst — are battling injuries that will keep them out of play for at least a few weeks. DiIanni will get the chance to play with the lineup a bit in the beginning to figure out what works and what will help the team later in the season.
- Rain is wet. And cold. Also, don’t put paper in your back pocket, because it will melt. Trust me on that one.