Iowa Women's Soccer Takes Down Iowa State


Sept. 17, 2010

Box Score

AMES, IOWA — The University of Iowa women’s soccer team faced Iowa State Friday night at the Iowa State University Soccer Complex in the first match played on the field this season. The field was damaged earlier in the fall by severe flooding. The Hawkeyes dominated the Cyclones in the third event of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series, taking the 4-0 victory. With the win, the women’s soccer team earns two points for the University of Iowa in the overall series. Iowa currently leads the 2010-11 series 5-2 with wins in football and soccer and a loss in volleyball.

Iowa’s offensive attack was quick to challenge the net; just over three minutes into the game, sophomore Jade Grimm fired at Iowa State goalkeeper, Maddie Jobe, only to have her shot sail high of the goal. Iowa’s offense was eager in the meeting between in-state rivals, pushing ahead again just minutes later, only to be halted by an offensive sides call.

Junior leader, Morgan Showalter, did not allow the Cyclone defense a rest, however, taking aim in the 14th minute and sending the ball past the opponent keeper for Iowa’s first score. Senior captain, Jenna Aleo, is credited with the assist after she sent the ball to Showalter from the mid-field.

Iowa State’s offense retaliated, pushing the ball towards Iowa’s goalkeeper, Emily Moran, and firing three shots in just over a minute. Moran made a key save on the first attempt to prevent the score for the home team, while the following shots shanked wide of the goal.

Both attacks were forceful in the fist half, but after Hawkeye newcomer Ashley Catrell capitalized on a pass from fellow newcomer Alex Melin to put Iowa ahead two goals to none at the 41:02 mark going into the half time break.

Freshman standout, Leah DeMoss, improved Iowa’s lead in the 69th minute. The St. Charles, Ill, native scored her fourth goal in as many games following a pinpoint pass from Showalter.

Junior keeper, Moran, made crucial saves throughout the game, including one at the 75:10 mark to preserve the Hawkeyes’ untouchable defense.

DeMoss, never content on the soccer field, pushed the team to a 4-0 lead with a target-hitting shot in the 76th minute. Just seven minutes after her first goal of the game, DeMoss received a pass from senior Keli McLaughlin to send it flying past Cyclone goalkeeper, Jobe, for the team’s fourth goal of the game.

“It is always exciting to get a good result in the Cy-Hawk series,” fifth year Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “The game was fast and physical, and I really thing it is the best our team has done this year in winning 50-50 balls. We did a great job of isolating their backs and scoring great goals. It is very exciting for us to get points in the Cy-Hawk series.”

Moran led the Hawkeyes defensively with three saves, recording her fifth outright win of the season. The win marks Iowa’s seventh straight win and fifth consecutive road win this season, both records in the programs history. Rainey remains undefeated when facing intra-state rivals (7-0) and earns two points for Iowa in the Cy-Hawk series for the third consecutive season.

The Hawkeyes look to improve their record Sunday in Lincoln, NE. Iowa faces the Cornhuskers, future Big Ten opponents, at 1 p.m.