Sept. 18, 2009
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The University of Iowa soccer team defeated Iowa State, 2-0, Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes earned two points for Iowa in the competition between the in-state rivals for the annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series. Iowa currently leads the series 5-2 with Iowa receiving three points for the football win Sept. 12 and Iowa State gaining two points for the volleyball victory.
The Iowa win marks the best start Iowa has had since the 2000 season. There to capture the excitement was the Big Ten Network. The conference’s television network was broadcasting live from the Iowa Soccer Complex for the weekly Friday Night Tailgate program.
“It’s a great win. The Cy-Hawk series is a great competition between Iowa and Iowa State, and it’s always better when we get a couple points for the Hawkeyes in the series,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “Our team came out and played very well in the first half and scored a deserved goal. Iowa State did some good things in the game, but our girls played hard and earned the win.”
The Hawkeyes took aim at the net multiple times in the first 20 minutes of the game, recording shots in the seventh, ninth and 12th minutes. In the 18th minute, freshman Alyscha Mottershead advanced the ball from the midfield line to Keli McLaughlin who found her way around Iowa State’s goalkeeper just outside of the six-yard box. McLaughlin found the net from the right side of the box for the Iowa goal.
Both teams had opportunities that nearly missed the goal or were shut down by a team foul. Play was physical throughout the first half, and neither team was able to score again before halftime.
Iowa came out firing in the second half. At the 61:40 mark, a hand ball violation was called on Iowa State inside of the box, resulting in an Iowa penalty kick. Senior Alex Seydel took advantage of the opportunity and buried the ball into the net for her third goal of the season. Seydel has recorded all of her goals this season off penalty kicks.
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday when Rainey and his squad welcome the Northern Iowa Panthers to the Iowa Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.