Sept. 13, 2009
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The University of Iowa women’s soccer team started off slow on Sunday, but a powerful second half pushed the Hawkeyes past Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 4-0. The shutout is Iowa’s third of the season. The Hawkeyes also held Montana and South Dakota State scoreless.
Emily Moran, in goal for the Hawkeyes, earned her third shutout of the season, fifth of her career. Moran had eight saves to preserve the Panthers’ scoreless final and put her in Iowa’s record books. Despite only being a sophomore, Moran is fifth on Iowa’s career saves list with 103.
“This is a great result for us because UWM is a program that is very rich in history. They have been to the NCAA tournament five of the past eight years, so a win against them makes me very proud,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “Kat Lewis threw her body in there where some people wouldn’t have and that got the goal. Alyssa and Alyscha’s goals aren’t the type of goals you see every day. If they are going to become a regular sight on the soccer field, we have a fun year ahead of us.”
The first 45 minutes of the game were rather uneventful, with Iowa only taking two shots and UWM taking six. The second half, however, was far from uneventful. Iowa picked up its attack and found the net four times in only 14 minutes.
Alyssa Cosnek started the scoring rally with a juke move to get the Panthers’ goalkeeper off balance and got around her for the score in the 65th minute. Alex Seydel was credited with the assist. Seydel had control on the right side just over the midfield line and found Cosnek on the left side of the six-yard box.
Freshman Katherine Lewis made a great effort around the left side of the six-yard box for Iowa’s second goal. Lewis outworked two UWM defenders and the goalkeeper for a header goal in the 74th minute. The play was set up by fellow Hawkeye newcomer, Alyscha Mottershead, who was in front of the goal just to the right side and headed the ball in Lewis’ direction.
Continuing the slew of goals was Mandy Heimann with a free kick that found Mottershead on the left side of the goal. Mottershead crossed the goalkeeper and found the right corner of the net. The freshman from Brampton, Ontario had a breakout weekend, scoring three times and earning an assist.
Iowa’s final goal was in the 79th minute. Dana Dalrymple placed the ball high just outside of the goal and Cosnek capitalized with a header that found the target. Dalrymple and Cosnek have both been playmakers for the Hawkeyes this season, but today was the day their efforts showed on the scoreboard.
Cosnek led Iowa’s offense with four shots, three on goal, and two scores. Lewis and Mottershead each attempted the net once, but once was enough for Lewis’ first career goal and a Mottershead score.
Iowa’s win on Sunday marked the first time since 2000 that the Hawkeyes scored eight or more goals in two games. Under former Head Coach Wendy Logan, the team posted wins of 7-1 over Purdue and 5-1 over Illinois.
Rainey and the Hawkeyes welcome Iowa State Friday Sept. 18 for the third event in the Cy-Hawk Series. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Following the rivalry game, Iowa hosts Northern Iowa Sept. 20 for an afternoon game set to start at 1 pm.