Oct. 14, 2006
East Lansing, MI –
The University of Iowa field hockey team earned their second conference win of the season in double overtime today. The win improves the Hawkeyes’ record to 7-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Sophomore Caitlin McCurdy led the Hawkeyes by scoring both goals, while senior Heather Schnepf continued her dominance on defense. Schnepf made several crucial defensive stops throughout the game.
During the first period, the Hawkeyes were able to take five shots but were unable to convert. Iowa’s defense accepted the challenge and did not allow Michigan State to connect on either of their two shot attempts during the period. Lissa Munley, Iowa goalkeeper, saved both of the shots the Spartans attempted.
The second period was much like the first, a defensive battle. During the 40th minute, McCurdy took the ball at the top of the circle and was able to blast the ball past the Michigan State goalkeeper making the score 1-0 in favor of Iowa. With only 13 minutes to play in regulation Michigan State was awarded a penalty corner in which they converted, tying the score 1-1. The two teams continued their stellar defense ending regulation with a tie game.
During the first overtime the Hawkeyes out-shot the Spartans 5 to 1 but neither team allowed any of the shots into the goal. The score remained tied at the end of the first overtime.
The second overtime was time for McCurdy to step up again and put an end to the game. During the 85th minute of play she took a pass from sophomore Lauren Pfeiffer and slammed the ball past the Michigan State defense scoring the game winning goal.
Iowa out-shot Michigan State 18 to 7 but were out-cornered 9-4. Six of the Spartans’ penalty corners came during the second period. McCurdy led the Hawkeyes in shots taken with six, while Pfeiffer followed closely behind with five.
Iowa returns to action Sunday October 22, when they match up against Northwestern in Evanston, IL at 1 pm (CT). Earlier this season Iowa defeated Northwestern 3-1.