Oct. 7, 2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 11th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team fell to Louisville, 2-1, at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday. The Hawkeyes (9-3, 3-0 Big Ten) entered the game riding a seven-game win streak.
Iowa has now played seven games, including its last three, that have been decided by a one goal margin, posting a 5-2 record.
“We’re not scoring soon enough and often enough, and it’s putting an increased amount of pressure on our defense,” said head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “We have to be able to execute better in our offensive third and find a way to score.”
Senior goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw made six saves against the Cardinals, giving her 295 for her career. McGraw passed Lissa Munley (292 career saves) for fifth all-time in career saves. Barb Weinberg is fourth all-time with 371 stops, while associate head coach Lisa Cellucci holds the Iowa saves record with 592 saves.
Junior Aubrey Coleman gave the Hawkeyes a 1-0 advantage at the 28:38 mark, scoring after the ball after it rebounded off a Louisville defender. Coleman has accounted for a team-high 13 points this season and is tied with teammate Jessica Barnett for the team lead in goals (6).
Louisville (8-6) answered four minutes later, as Elisa Garcia found the back of the goal off a penalty corner. Paige Monsen and Mallory Maosn were credited with assists on the play.
The contest remained knotted, 1-1, until Louisville scored its second goal at the 56:36 mark. The Cardinals scored directly off a penalty corner once again, as Victoria Stratton scored via another Monsen assist.
The Cardinals stopped multiple Hawkeye attacks over the final 13 minutes to preserve a 2-1 victory.
Iowa travels to University Park, Pa., for its final road trip of the regular season next weekend. The Hawkeyes will face No. 18 Drexel on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m., before squaring off against seventh-ranked Penn State on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. Both games will be played at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. Both times are Central.
|IOWA (9-3, 3-0)||1||0||1|
|IOWA||Aubrey Coleman (unassisted) 28:38/1st|
|LOU||Elisa Garcia (Paige Monsen, Mallory Mason) 32:16/1st|
|LOU||Victoria Stratton (Paige Monsen) 56:36/2nd|
|Shots||Iowa 15, Louisville 11|
|Penalty Corners||Iowa 9, Louisville 9|
|Saves||Erin Conrad (Louisville), 8|