Sept. 2, 2005
The Hawkeyes’ offensive woes were nowhere to be found in today’s game against the Stanford Cardinal. Led by upperclassmen on offense and a solid team defensive effort, Iowa broke into the win column with a 3-1 victory against Stanford.
Under sunny skies, the Hawkeye offense came alive scoring two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game. Junior Kara Zappone scored Iowa’s first goal on a corner shot and sophomore Kadi Sickel found the net just seconds later.
A defensive battled ensued with both teams scrambling to keep the ball out of the scoring zone, which resulted in each team taking seven shots in the first half. Just under a minute away from half-time Stanford’s Jess Zutz scored an unassisted goal from the top of the zone to make the score 2-1.
In the second half, the Hawkeyes continued to dominate the offensive statistics by taking nine shots. Senior Debbie Birrell scored her eighth career goal and the Hawkeyes went on to win 3-1.
Iowa dominated the statistics today including eight shots on goal and 16 shots total; Stanford had just four shots on goal and ten shots total, respectively. The Hawkeyes earned 11 corner shots in the game versus just four by the Cardinal.
Junior Heather Schnepf led the Hawkeyes with six shots today, followed by Birrrell with five. Schnepf also took four shots on goal while Birrell had two. Zutz, a sophomore for Stanford, led her squad with two shots on goal and four shots total.
Freshman Lissa Munley was in the net for Iowa, and garnered three saves total, one in the first half and two in the second. Munley has 14 saves so far this season, with a 1.71 goals against average.
Iowa heads north up the coast to face the Golden Bears of California tomorrow night. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Maxwell Family Field.