Sept. 26, 2003
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa soccer team fell, 2-0, to Illinois at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Friday night. The teams entered halftime tied at zero, but the Fighting Illini prevailed in the second half.
The first half was a closely contested contest as neither team could find the net. Illinois out shot the Hawkeyes 8-4 in the first half, but junior goalkeeper Britta Vogele stopped six shots to keep the game scoreless.
Early in the second half, Illinois had the ball inside Iowa’s box threatening to score. Vogele made a play on the ball and left the net open, but junior Katie Poole made a save on forward Eva Strickland’s shot to keep the Fighting Illini off the board.
Illinois scored the first goal in the game’s 64th minute when junior Andrea Ridgeway sent a crosser to Tiffani Walker. Walker wrapped the shot into the net in the bottom left hand corner just out of the reach of Vogele.
Ten minutes later, Iowa’s best scoring opportunity came when freshman Danielle Oswald had a free kick at the top of the Illinois box. Oswald fired the shot toward the upper left corner of the net, however Fighting Illini goalkeeper Leisha Alcia got a hand on the ball for the save.
Illinois added an insurance goal with around ten minutes to play when Walker sent a header into the net on an assist by Tara Hurless. The goal was Walker’s second of the game.
Vogele stopped 11 shots in the contest. It is the second consecutive game where she has recorded double digit saves. Sophomore Katelyn Quinn led the Hawkeyes with four shots with three being on goal.
Iowa will host Northwestern on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.