Oct. 29, 2010
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IOWA CITY, IA– The University of Iowa women’s soccer team traveled Ann Arbor to take on No. 11 Michigan at the University of Michigan Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes challenged the Wolverines’ second half lead, but were unable to upset the home team, falling 2-1.
The second half proved to be an action packed 45 minutes with three goals scored between the two offenses. Michigan’s attack was the first to strike just two minutes into the half with a one touch that found the back of the net. The Wolverines found the net again in the 66th minute with a converted rebound to take a 2-0 lead.
Junior Morgan Showalter sparked Iowa’s offense late in the half with a long shot from 25 yards out. The ball sailed towards the net and slipped under Michigan goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer’s hands for the score. The goal ignited the Hawkeye attack as the team put together opportunities around the net, but Michigan’s defense help off the attack for the final 15 minutes of the game.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Moran recorded five saves for the Hawkeyes in the Friday night conference showdown.
“Morgan’s goal was a great one,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “It really energized the team, and it helped to give us a couple more chances. I really like how we battled tonight. Michigan is a good team. In the first half both teams played and just felt each other out, but in the second half, there was a lot of end to end attacking soccer, which was great to see. We look forward to taking that energized play into Sunday’s game against Michigan State.”
The women’s soccer team finalizes its road schedule Sunday afternoon with a game in East Lansing. The Hawkeyes (7-9-2) will take on the Michigan State Spartans at 11 a.m.