Oct. 3, 2010
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MADISON, WI–The University of Iowa women’s soccer team traveled to Madison to face Wisconsin in a Sunday afternoon Big Ten match. The Hawkeyes found ways to challenge the Badgers goal, but were unable to convert against the uncompromising Wisconsin defense, falling 2-0.
The game opened with shots being fired early from both sides of the ball. Iowa freshman Alex Melin sent one towards the net in the ninth minute, but Wisconsin goalkeeper, Michele Dalton, made the save. Morgan Showalter took aim in the 11th minute, but her ball sailed wide of the post. Wisconsin was able to take an early lead after a free kick led to a header goal at 13:30.
Aggressive attacks by both teams were unsuccessful for the remainder of the first half, but the home team carried the tempo into the second half. Wisconsin’s Alev Kelter converted a header off a cross shot in the 53rd minute.
“While we did some nice things in possession today, we were not able to generate enough pressure on them in the 18,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “They scored two very nice goals with their heads. They’re a very organized team and tough to breakdown, but I think if we figure out a way to score the first goal, it maybe could have been a different game. “Wisconsin is a very good team that will win a lot of games this year, but now our focus is on getting ready for Ohio State and Penn State this weekend.”
The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City for an action-packed weekend of soccer. Ohio State visits the Iowa Soccer Complex Friday night (Oct. 8) and Penn State arrives on Sunday (Oct. 10). The games are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.