Sept. 17, 2006
Providence, RI –
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The University of Iowa field hockey team defeated No. 16 Providence 1-0 today. The loss is Providence’s first of the season. The Hawkeyes improved their record to 5-4 while dropping Providence to 7-1. The lone goal for the Hawkeyes was scored by senior Kara Zappone, her second of the season. Hawkeye goalkeeper Lissa Munley recorded her first shutout of the year while saving four shots.
Only two minutes into the game, the Hawkeyes were awarded a penalty corner. Jess Werley was able to get a shot off but it was saved by Rachel Chamberlain, the Providence goalkeeper. Heather Schnepf was able to take control of the rebound and blast the ball again, but was denied by Chamberlain.
During the fifth minute the Hawkeyes were awarded their second penalty corner. Lauren Pfeiffer took a shot but was blocked by the Providence defense. Zappone was able to control the ball and get off a great shot that squeaked past Chamberlain. Iowa was awarded four more penalty corners during the first half but were unable to put anymore shots past Chamberlain. She had only allowed seven goals on the season, before Zappone put the ball past her.
The second half was very similar to the first. The Hawkeyes were able to get four shots to the goal, but Chamberlain was able to deflect all of the shots away. The Hawkeye defense responded by continuing a stellar defensive performance and completing their shutout.
The shutout gives Munley two shutouts for her career. Her first came last season when Iowa defeated Providence 5-0.
Iowa returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. (CDT) against Michigan at Grant Field. This will be Iowa’s first Big Ten Conference game of the season. Michigan is the defending Big Ten champion.