Iowa Knocks Off Creighton, 2-0

Sept. 14, 2008

Box Score

IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa soccer team improved its record to 4-3-0 Sunday, with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Creighton. Forwards Alyssa Cosnek and Keli McLaughlin continued to be catalysts for the Iowa offense, scoring one goal each in the victory.

“It was a very good, all-around effort from our team today,” said Head Coach Ron Rainey. “We were able to finish real well on the goals we scored and our defense played with tremendous purpose.”

Cosnek got Iowa on the board with her fourth goal on the season in the ninth minute of the match. Senior Stephanie Hyink moved the ball up the left side of the field to midfielder Morgan Showalter. The freshman from Cedar Rapids sent a cross to the middle of the field that hit Cosnek in stride, who then skipped the ball past Creighton goalkeeper Kristen Casey. It was Showalter’s sixth assist on the season.

Almost four minutes into the second half, McLaughlin scored her third goal of the season to give the Hawkeyes a 2-0 lead. The speedy sophomore from Alsip, Ill., gave the Creighton defense fits all afternoon, connecting on match-high six shots (four in the first half). On this play, though, McLaughlin broke away from two Creighton defenders and was on the receiving end of a 40-yard pass from Hyink before placing her shot in the back corner of the goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kali Feiereisel started the match for the Hawkeyes and made a diving, goal-saving stop to her right in the 22nd minute off a free kick from Creighton’s Marcy Gans. Overall, Feiereisel had four saves in the first half. Freshman Emily Moran entered for the second half and made three saves to lock down the win for Iowa.

Creighton turned up the heat offensively in the second half, testing Moran with seven shots. But the stern freshman from Kent, OH, and the rest of the Hawkeye defense did not break, and turned back any offensive chances Creighton put at them.

“We pride ourselves on our defense,” said Rainey. “Each of the 11 players we have out on the field have a defensively mentality. They did a great job for us today in that area.”

Hyink had a memorable weekend. After scoring both of Iowa’s goals in the 2-0 victory over Northern Iowa Friday, Hyink added two assists Sunday against Creighton. The senior from Temecula, Calif., now has six total points on the season.

“We knew we needed to play well this weekend after the performance we had last weekend out in California,” said Hyink. “Hopefully our play can continue into the Big Ten schedule.”

The Hawkeyes play their next four matches on the road, starting next weekend with a pair of Big 12 opponents. Iowa travels to Missouri this Friday for a 6:30 match with the Tigers. Then an in-state matchup with rival Iowa State in Ames looms next Sunday with points in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series on the line. Match-time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Iowa 2, Creighton 0

Scoring SummaryNo. Team Time Goal Scorer (Season Goals) Assist(s)1. IOWA 9:10 Alyssa Cosnek (4) Stephanie Hyink, Morgan Showalter2. IOWA 48:52 Keli McLaughlin (3) Stephanie Hyink=""http:>

Shots: Creighton 11, Iowa 10

Corner Kicks: Creighton 6, Iowa 5

Fouls: Iowa 14, Creighton 9

Saves: Iowa 7 (Kali Feiereisel 4, Emily Moran 3), Creighton 2 (Kristen Casey)