Aug. 28, 2009
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The University of Iowa women’s soccer team notched its first win of the season Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex against Montana, 2-0. The Hawkeyes controlled the tempo of the game, which helped them to dominate on offense.
“I thought we did a nice job tonight holding possession,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “We created good scoring chances, but need to do a better job of finishing. With that said, we still played a solid match against a quality opponent. Our players need to do a good job of recovering over the weekend to get ready for a solid opponent Sunday.”
Iowa kept its starting lineup young Friday, with the majority of the players in the starting 11 being freshmen or sophomores. Age is no factor for the young Hawkeyes, however, as sophomores Alyssa Cosnek and Sarah Langlas both recorded shots in the first nine minutes.
Langlas was on the left side of the goal and received a pass from Alyscha Mottershead at midfield. The shot was just wide of the goal.
The offensive attack for the Hawkeyes continued with shots coming from Morgan Showalter and Keli McLaughlin in the 19th, 21st and 22nd minutes. McLaughlin had a run from midfield in the 21st minute that led to a shot inside the box, but was sailed inches wide.
Showalter found the net in the 23rd minute for her second goal this season after an impressive display of ability. The Cedar Rapids native made it look easy taking on four different Montana defenders in a series of one-on-ones from midfield. She then proceeded to maneuver around the goalkeeper for the score from the right side of the six-yard box.
Montana had a tough time with Iowa’s constant offensive attack and only managed to make it around Iowa’s defense once in the first half for a header in the 40th minute. The shot was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Emily Moran.
Iowa outshot Montana, 10-1, in the first half.
As the second half kicked off, Rainey’s squad wasted no time taking control again. The Hawkeyes kept the ball in their attacking third for the first nine minutes of the second half. Shots from McLaughlin and Langlas were just over the crossbar in the 50th and 51st minutes.
Montana took its second shot of the game in the 59th minute when a header by Kaitlyn Heinsohn soared wide. The Grizzlies took three more shots in the final 17 minutes of play, but were stopped each time. Two saves by Moran and a blocked shot kept Montana off the scoreboard.
Cosnek capitalized on an opportunity in the 81st minute to score on a pass from senior Jackie Kaeding. Cosnek followed lead from Showalter’s previous goal and dribbled around Montana goalkeeper, Grace Harris, for a netted shot inside the six-yard box.
Freshman Dana Dalrymple was unlucky in front of goal tonight, but made several nice runs to create scoring chances for the Hawkeyes.
Cosnek led the Hawkeyes tonight with five shots, two on target, and one goal. McLaughlin and Dalrymple added three shots each for Iowa.
Emily Moran played all 90 minutes in goal for the second consecutive game. Moran recorded three saves in the win, recorded her third career shutout. Iowa hosts South Dakota State Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.