Aug. 30, 2009
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The University of Iowa women’s soccer team got revenge on Sunday with a win over South Dakota State in a 2-0 decision. The Hawkeyes fell to the Jackrabbits last season, 1-0, but fought for 90 minutes at the Iowa Soccer Complex for the win.
“I’m happy about this win. We finished the weekend with a couple of 2-0 wins against good opponents,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “Even though the game was equal for a long time, I thought we did a great job of not giving up attacking opportunities. We started to create good chances in the second half, and they led to a couple of goals. This weekend was good for us to get two wins and give us a lot of positives for the rest of the season.”
Iowa had opportunities in the first half for shots, but had difficulty finding the net. Alyssa Cosnek started the Hawkeyes’ attack off in the 11th minute with a long shot that was stopped by South Dakota State’s goalkeeper. The ball didn’t make it far before Keli McLaughlin made another attempt at the net during the 12th minute that was blocked by a defender.
Alex Seydel placed a corner kick just within range for an Alyscha Mottershead header that was just high of the crossbar in the 22nd minute.
The score remained tied at half time, 0-0, as a result of the physical play of both teams. Scoring opportunities were limited before the half, but Iowa managed six shots, two on goal. South Dakota State made attempts at the net twice.
The Jackrabbits struck first in the second half with a shot in the 58th minute by Cori Bonte that was wide of the goal.
Keli McLaughlin had a pinpoint cross to Mottershead, who headed the ball towards the net. The shot was blocked, but sophomore Morgan Showalter took control and buried the ball in the net in the 71st minute. The goal is Showalter’s third this season.
Iowa narrowly missed a second goal in the 81st minute. Showalter and McLaughlin were on the attack within the 18-yard box, and a shot that found the net by Showalter was ruled no good due to an offsides violation.
South Dakota State mimicked the Iowa mistake in the 86th minute when an opportunity from the 18-yard box was revoked with a foul on the Jackrabbits.
The Hawkeyes were awarded an indirect free kick in the 86th minute, but a tapped ball by Seydel to Jenna Aleo missed the goal in a scuffle, but led to another South Dakota State foul and an Iowa penalty kick. The penalty kick by Seydel found the net for the score, making it her second PK score of the season.
In a final attempt to score, freshman Emily Jaffe had a long shot that barely missed the goal and hit the crossbar.
Alex Seydel led the Hawkeyes with three shots, all on goal and a score. Morgan Showalter had three shots, two on goal and netted her third goal of the season. Showalter has scored in all the games Iowa has played this year. Dana Dalrymple also played a key role for Iowa in the win. The freshman opened up opportunities for Iowa all over the field with strong defense and quickness on offense.
Emily Moran had a second straight shutout in goal for Iowa. The sophomore played all 90 minutes.
The soccer team will travel to Flagstaff, AZ next weekend to play in the Mountain Classic. The Hawkeyes will face New Mexico on Sept. 4 and Northern Arizona on Sept. 6.