Oct. 12, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s soccer team was defeated at the Iowa Soccer Complex for the first time this season, falling to Ohio State on Friday night. The Buckeyes (9-4-1, 4-2-1) defeated Iowa (11-2-3, 2-2-3), 4-1, and halted Iowa’s unbeaten streak at five matches.
Senior Dana Dalrymple scored a spectacular goal for Iowa in the 59th minute, but it wasn’t enough as the Buckeyes opened a 3-0 lead in the second period and finished with a 4-1 advantage. Entering the contest, Iowa was riding a three-match shutout streak and hadn’t allowed an opponent to score more than two goals all season.
“Ohio State punished our mistakes, and we weren’t able to finish some of the chances we had on offense,” said Iowa head coach Ron Rainey. “I’m proud of the way our team battled throughout the game, but at this point in the season, bad mistakes are going to get punished and Ohio State did that tonight.”
Dalrymple tallied her sixth goal of the season after putting on a great display of dribbling from within the 18-yard box. Dalrymple was defended closely by the Buckeyes before dribbling to the end line on the right side of the box. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native jostled for position and took a shot from a tough angle that floated above Ohio State’s goalkeeper and hit the top-left corner of the net.
Ohio State had already jumped out to a big lead before Dalrymple’s goal as Aly Walker scored in the 27th and 31st minute, and Kristen Niederhaus scored in the 57th minute. The Hawkeyes created a few quality chances to trim the deficit to one goal, but with many players joining the attack, Ohio State was able to counter. Tiffany Cameron scored her 11th goal of the season in the 87th minute and put the match out of reach.
“Dana scored a great goal to get us within two, and we had some looks to cut the deficit to one,” said Rainey. “When you give up a couple goals early on and have to get them back, you force yourself to be perfect on offense, and we couldn’t quite do that tonight.”
The Hawkeyes finished with 15 total shots, eight of which went on goal. Junior Ashley Catrell led Iowa with four shots and a shot on target, while Dalrymple, junior Alex Melin and sophomore Melanie Pickert each had two shots.
Freshman Meg Goodson started at goalkeeper for the Hawkeyes, while freshman Hannah Clark played in the second half and had four saves. Iowa’s shutout streak ended at 357 minutes as the Hawkeyes entered the contest with the sixth best goals against average in the nation.
Iowa will have a quick turnaround, hosting Penn State on Sunday. First touch is set at for 1 p.m. between Iowa and the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions (12-2-0, 6-0-0).
“We’re going to work on the things we didn’t do well in this match, but we’re also going to need a short memory,” said Rainey. “Penn State is a great opponent coming in, and we’re going to need a great effort to compete against them.”