Sept. 24, 2009
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The University of Iowa soccer team opened Big Ten play Thursday night against Minnesota. The Hawkeyes fell to the Gophers, 1-0. The match up was against just one of the teams Iowa faces this season that are or were previously ranked.
“We did a lot of o.k. things on the field tonight for our first Big Ten game,” said Head Coach Ron Rainey. “There were a lot of positives tonight especially being on the road, but we need to get better in situations in which we are under a lot of pressure, both on defense and offense. We need to get back to training so we can compete at a higher level and be successful in the Big Ten.”
Play was even until the 84th minute when Minnesota’s Molly Rouse slipped one by Iowa goalkeeper Emily Moran from the right corner of the 18-yard box across the goal to the opposite post.
The Hawkeyes made good attempts at the net, but fell short in the number of attempts. Alex Seydel, Keli McLaughlin and Morgan Showalter each took aim at the target twice, while Amanda Martin and Alyscha Mottershead took a shot a piece.
Moran made eight saves in the contest, bringing her season total to 42.
Iowa held previously No. 17 Minnesota scoreless for 83 minutes, the second longest the Gophers have gone without a score this season in their seven wins.
Rainey and the Iowa squad make the short trek to Des Moines Wednesday to face Drake, the final in-state opponent on Iowa’s schedule. Game time is set for 7 p.m.