Sam LaPorta did not use the Iowa soccer crew’s open date to get away from all of it.

The Hawkeyes’ tight finish spent the weekend watching soccer.

“Which is kind of ironic,” LaPorta mentioned Tuesday.

Ferentz has talked all season about splitting the schedule into two blocks, the seven-game stretch to open the season and the 5 to finish it.

“It was a good time to break that mentally,” Ferentz mentioned. “Now it’s like running a five-lap race as opposed to seven. Five is a whole lot easier. This is like a 400 (meter race), I guess. Believe me, I never ran track in high school, but it’s basically run as hard as you can for the whole race. That’s where we’re at now, full speed ahead, and we’ll see where we’re at when it’s all over.”