Late Goal Gives Spartans Win Over Iowa

Oct. 15, 2006

Box Score

East Lansing, MI – The University of Iowa women’s soccer team was defeated by Michigan State, 1-0 Sunday. Iowa remained in the match until the end, but a late goal by Michigan State denied Iowa a chance for its first points in Big Ten play.

Michigan State netted the game-winning goal in the 87th minute when Maureen Pawlak launched a shot from 25 yards out that found the left upper-90 for the victory.

Michigan State outshot Iowa, 8-3 in the first half, but senior goalkeeper Ali Becker and the Hawkeye backline kept Iowa in the match. The Hawkeyes came out firing to start the second half when sophomore Kelsey Shaw and freshman Alexandria Seydel both recorded shots on goal, but Michigan goalkeeper Nicole Galas preserved the shutout.

Seydel along with fellow freshman Kathleen Smokowski finished with two shots to lead the Hawkeye attack. Becker ended the match with four saves.

“Give credit to Pawlak from Michigan State, she hit a great shot with three minutes left for the win,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “Once again, I’m really proud of our effort. We created some chances, especially in the second half. Michigan State did a good job of stretching us technically, which took away some of our scoring opportunities late in the match.”

Iowa concludes the 2006 regular season with three home matches, the first of which is Friday against Indiana. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

Michigan State 1, Iowa 0
MSU 0-1 Maureen Pawlak (shot from 25 yards out, assist by Sinacola) 87th minute