Iowa Notches 7th Victory

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Sept. 13, 2013

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s soccer team notched its seventh victory of the season with a 3-2 victory over Saint Louis on Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The win is the Hawkeyes’ 24th-straight nonconference victory.

Junior Melanie Pickert got Iowa on the board in the 16th minute with a goal off of a free kick from 40 yards out, putting the ball in the top right corner of the net. It was Pickert’s third goal this season.

“We noticed that (SLU goalkeeper Hanna Benben) was way off of her line on free kicks,” Pickert said. “Emily Scott told me to take the shot, and it went in.”

Iowa’s pushed the score to 2-0 at the 28:45 mark on a strike from senior Ashley Catrell — her second goal of the season. Junior Cloe Lacasse set up the goal by sending a cross and finding Catrell.

“It was a good pass from Cloe,” Catrell said. “One of our midfielder played it through to her, and she got the ball in line and crossed it, and we were able to finish.”

Saint Louis battled its way back in the game with a goal in the 56th minute by leading-scorer Jenny Hummert, who capitalized off of an Iowa turnover around midfield.

Ten minutes later, the Hawkeyes scored an insurance goal when Lacasse fed senior Alex Melin in the box, and the midfielder knocked the ball into the far corner for her third goal of the season. Lacasse’s two assists moved her season total to a team-high three this season.

The Billikens narrowed the margin, netting their second goal in the closing seconds. Tori Marshall sent the ball into the box on a corner kick and Maddy Bush beat Iowa goalkeeper Hannah Clark, making the score 3-2.

Iowa out shot Saint Louis, 16-6, in the contest. The Hawkeyes have held the shot advantage in all seven contests in 2013. Lacasse paced Iowa with five shots.

UI head coach Ron Rainey was pleased with the way his team bounced back from a narrow 1-0 win over Wright State on Sept. 8.

“This was a much better game than Sunday,” he said. “We played well and were able to rotate players in and see some different combinations. Our energy level was good, and we expect the same when we get back on the field on Tuesday.”

The Hawkeyes take the field again on Tuesday against Northern Iowa with the match beginning at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Iowa is going for the in-state sweep, having already downed Drake and Iowa State this season.