Sept. 23, 2007
BROOKINGS, SD – On a day where winds were gusting up to 35 miles-per-hour, the Hawkeyes defeated South Dakota State 3-2 by scoring three first period goals. With the win, the Hawkeyes’ have won four matches in a row and improves their record to 4-1-3.
“It’s nice to get two wins on the road,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said after concluding a weekend road trip which included Friday’s 1-0 victory over Creighton. “We’re excited for the start of Big Ten play.”
Senior defender Sarah Stephenson scored her first goal of the season in the ninth minute to start the Hawkeyes’ scoring. Almost two minutes later, while trying to corral the ball in their own territory, the Jacks fell victim to the strong winds as the ball got past keeper Brienna Rogers for the Hawkeyes’ second goal. Sophomore Alexandria Seydel capped off Iowa’s scoring by blasting a goal off a direct kick in the 43rd minute.
It was a tale of two-halves for the Hawkeyes. After not allowing the Jacks to get a shot off in the first period, the Hawkeyes were outshot 12-3 in the second period. South Dakota State made things interesting by scoring two goals in the second period, but the Hawkeyes hung on.
Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Boldt played strong against the tough conditions and made four saves. Senior defender Kim Lewis made her first start since the 2004 season, as she got the start for injured freshman Jenna Aleo.
The Hawkeyes return home to open conference play this Friday against Michigan State. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the UI Soccer Complex.
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