Oct. 24, 2010
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IOWA CITY, IA–The University of Iowa women’s soccer team welcomed the Indiana Hoosiers to the Iowa Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon for a conference showdown. The annual Pink game, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, was a heart breaker for the Hawkeyes, as they fell, 3-2, in extra time.
The Iowa offense was aggressive from the get-go Sunday afternoon. Junior Alyssa Coznek fired a shot at Indiana goalkeeper, Shannon Flower, just 52 seconds into the game. The ball sailed high, but Flower wasn’t so lucky when a header by Morgan Showalter put Iowa on top, 1-0, at the 3:55 mark. Senior co-captain Mandy Heimann sent a free kick up field to find Showalter in the box and earn the assist.
Senior Jenna Aleo was also able to convert a through pass from Heiman. Aleo received the ball from mid field around the center of the 18-yard box. A gamble by Indiana’s goalkeeper proved to be the lucky chance for Iowa, as Aleo maneuvered around the keeper in the box and buried the ball in the right corner of the net. The goal was the first of the senior co-captain’s career.
The Hoosiers refused to lie down, scoring late in the first half to make the game 2-1 going into half time.
Sophomore Orianica Velasquez converted a pass from Devon Beach in the 57th minute for the equalizer.
Both teams had opportunities in the second half, but neither was able to finish the game before the scoreboard ticked down to zero.
Freshman Alex Melin nearly ended the game just 56 seconds into overtime with a header shot inside the box. The ball was just inches high but got rejected by the crossbar. Showalter was in perfect position to possess the rebound, but her aim was just high of the bar.
Indiana ended the game with a final goal at the 93:27 minute mark.
“For all of the positives in this game, the result still hurts because of the early lead,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “Another positive that we can take from today is that we have the opportunity to come out and get better in practice on Tuesday.”
Emily Moran was in goal for Iowa for the entirety of the game, recording two saves.
The Hawkeyes travel to Michigan next weekend. Iowa will face University of Michigan October 29th at 6 p.m. then head to East Lansing for a showdown with Michigan State October 31st (11 a.m.).