Oct. 12, 2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Iowa soccer team downed Indiana, 2-1, Saturday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The victory is the team’s second-straight in Big Ten play and evens the Hawkeyes’ conference record to 3-3 this season.
The Hawkeyes struck early 10 minutes into the opening half, when junior Cloe Lacasse found the back of the net after collecting a cross from freshman Bri Toelle. Lacasse beat Indiana goalkeeper Shannon Flower just inside the left post for her third strike of the season.
Iowa pushed its lead to 2-0 just after halftime in the 50th minute, via a penalty kick from junior Melanie Pickert. Senior Ashley Catrell drove to the interior of the box, and was brought down by a defender, drawing the penalty. Pickert capitalized on the opportunity, picking up her fourth goal of the season.
“We’ve talked about getting a lead and playing with it,” said head coach Ron Rainey. “It allowed us to defend a little bit and not worry about pushing it forward.”
The Hawkeyes held a 2-0 lead until the 75th minute, when Indiana’s leading scoring Lisa Nouanesengsy netted her eighth goal when she bested UI goalkeeper Hannah Clark.
Clark picked up her 11th win for the Hawkeyes in the match, making five saves on 14 Indiana shots. Iowa finished with 11 shots in the game.
“We hope this win gives us some more confidence playing in one goal games,” Rainey said. “It was a nice result from an incredible game.”
The win moves Iowa to 11-3-0 with a 3-3-0 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes’ next match takes place Friday at Minnesota beginning at 7 p.m. (CT).