Iowa's Strong Offense Pushes Hawkeyes To Victory

Sept. 11, 2009

The University of Iowa women’s soccer team rallied in the second half for a win Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The team’s attack was in full force, winning a final decision of 4-1 against Loyola University Chicago.

“It is kind of cliché, but it was two different halves. I thought Loyola played very well in the first half, and put us under pressure,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “In the second half, I thought we did a better job of keeping possession and then we were able to finish. It was nice to see how we came out in the last 45 minutes.”

Freshman Jade Grimm made Iowa’s first attempt at the net in the fourth minute, but LUC goalkeeper Katie Groesch made the save. Alex Seydel also took a shot that was blocked before it found the goal.

Iowa goalkeeper Emily Moran made a save of her own in the 14th minute to maintain the 0-0 score. Two minutes later however, Alyscha Mottershead found the net from just inside of the six-yard box following a pass from Mandy Heimann. The goal was Mottershead’s first career goal at Iowa.

Loyola challenged Moran twice more in the 18th and 32nd minutes, but a shot by Courtney Hurley in the 35th minute slipped by for the Rambler score. The score tied the game up for the half time break.

Dana Dalrymple was a force on the field tonight. The freshman made a long pass from the right side to Alyssa Cosnek for a shot from the left that was just wide of the post. Dalrymple also took a shot in the 58th minute that was saved.

Morgan Showalter tied Stephanie Hyink for a fifth place spot in career assists leaders after a pass from midfield found its way to Mottershead. The Brampton, Ontario native took aim, and found the net from the left side of the six-yard box in the 69th minute.

At the 75 minute mark, Jenna Aleo fired one into the goal, but it was saved by Groesch. The Rambler goalkeeper couldn’t keep her hands on it however, and Keli McLaughlin took advantage of the opportunity. McLaughlin buried the ball in the net for her third goal of the season.

One goal wasn’t enough for McLaughlin tonight. Katherine Lewis had possession of the ball around the midfield mark and played it ahead to McLaughlin. The junior forward met the goalkeeper at the 18-yard box, but maneuvered around her for the chip in and score.

McLaughlin and Mottershead recorded two goals each in Iowa’s win. The duo took two shots and four shots respectively. Moran is still the go-to for Iowa in goal, making four saves in the win.