Hawkeyes, Spartans Battle To A Draw In Sunday Showdown

Oct. 31, 2010

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EAST LANSING, MI–The University of Iowa women’s soccer team forced overtime in Sunday’s match against Michigan State. The Halloween treat snapped Iowa’s conference play slump. The teams finished the 110 minutes of play in a 1-1 deadlock.

Michigan State was the first to get a trick in the game with a redirected shot that found the right corner of the net in the 59th minute of play.

Iowa’s attack was aggressive late in the game sending three consecutive shots at Michigan State goalkeeper, Elizabeth Watza in just 60 seconds. Watza made a save on senior Keli McLaughlin’s attempt and sophomore Jade Grimm’s initial fire, but Grimm was able to control the mishandled save and sent it deep into the back left corner for the equalizer. Grimm’s fourth goal of the season came in the 79th minute of play.

The Iowa goal forced overtime in East Lansing, but both defenses tightened up in the extra periods.

“We battled today,” Head Coach Ron Rainey said. “To come back on the road and in a Sunday game, it shows a lot of character in our team. This was a hard fought Big Ten game. I am really excited about how hard we worked. We will take the positives from this game into next weeks practice and when we take on Purdue.”

The women’s soccer team returns to Iowa City for its final regular season game Saturday Nov. 6. The Hawkeyes will honor the senior members of the team prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff. The final home game of the season will show case the Hawkeyes and the Boilermakers at the Iowa Soccer Complex.