Aug. 19, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa field hockey team opened its 2011 campaign with a 2-1 exhibition victory Friday against Louisville. The match was held at Grant Field.
“I was really pleased with a number of individuals and the lines,” said 12th-year head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “With what we were able to accomplish and cover in the preseason, I thought we did a really good job today.”
The Hawkeyes struck first, scoring in the 11th minute to take an early 1-0 lead. Junior Jessica Barnett, a 2010 Regional All-American and second team All-Big Ten honoree, scored off a nice assist from sophomore Kelsey Mitchell to give Iowa the early advantage.
Iowa extended its lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute. Junior Sarah Drake, also a 2010 second team All-Big Ten selection, crossed a pass to freshman Corinne Allen, who chipped in the second Hawkeye goal of the afternoon.
The Cardinals added a goal late in regulation, scoring in the 68th minute to make the final score 2-1. The Hawkeyes kept the pressure on throughout, tallying 17 shots and eight penalty corners. Louisville recorded five shots and one corner.
Iowa opens the regular season with the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Hawkeyes will face Wake Forest on Aug. 27, at 1:30 p.m. and will then battle North Carolina on Aug. 28, at 1:30 p.m. Both times are central.
GAME SUMMARYLOU 0 1 - - 1IOWA 1 1 - - 2
IOWA Jessica Barnett (Kelsey Mitchell) 10:43/1stIOWA Corinne Allen (Sarah Drake) 59:14/2ndLOU Katlyn Soucy (unassisted) 67:02/2nd
Shots - Iowa 17, Louisville 5Penalty Corners - Iowa 8, Louisville 1Saves - Kathleen McGraw (Iowa) 3; Erin Conrad (Louisville) 9