Sept. 15, 2006
St. Paul, MN – The University of Iowa women’s soccer team recorded its second consecutive shutout Friday night with a 3-0 win over Northern Colorado at the Gopher Invitational. This is the first back-to-back shutouts for the Hawkeyes since the 2002 season.
Northern Colorado put the Hawkeyes under some early pressure, recording three shots on goal in the first 23 minutes of the contest. Iowa goalkeeper Lindsey Boldt recorded all four of her saves in the first half to keep the Hawkeyes alive.
Iowa struck with its first goal just one and half minutes before halftime when junior Ashley Schlueter caught Northern Colorado goalkeeper Chrissy Marvin off her line. Schlueter chipped a shot from 25 yards out that sailed over Marvin’s head and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Hawkeyes wasted no time in netting a second goal when sophomore Kelly Warner scored her first goal of the season in the 52nd minute. Sophomore Stephanie Hyink played a ball to freshman Kathleen Smokowski, who found Warner on the right side of the 18-yard box. Warner then found the back netting for a 2-0 Hawkeye lead.
Sophomore Manon Engelhardt put the game away for Iowa in the 88th minute off a loose ball in front of the net. Freshman Kelsey McCarron gained the loose ball and found Engelhardt, who gave Iowa the final 3-0 advantage.
The Hawkeyes outshot Northern Colorado 14-7 and earned six corners in the match.
“We played well tonight, but there are still some things we can work on,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “We need to be able to put more offensive pressure at the beginning of matches. With that being said, we are really happy with the win tonight.”
Iowa returns to action at the Gopher Invitational Sunday against Dartmouth. Match time is set for 11 a.m. Fans can follow the match with live stats at www.gophersports.com.
Iowa 3, Northern Colorado 0
1-0 IA Ashley Schlueter (chip over the goalkeeper’s head from 25 yards)
2-0 IA Kelly Warner (shot from right side off box, assist by Smokowski and Hyink)
3-0 IA Manon Engelhardt (off a pass from Kelsey McCarron, loose ball in front of goal)