Hawkeyes Hold Off Butler for 3-2 Victory


Sept. 1, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Cloe Lacasse scored her fifth goal of the season to help send the University of Iowa soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Butler on Monday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex.


Lacasse’s goal in the 15th minute moved her into a tie with Kate Walse for second place on Iowa’s all-time career goals list with 36. She scored on a give-and-go from sophomore Bri Toelle.

“Cloe played well today,” said UI head coach Dave DiIanni. “Unfortunately we don’t do a good enough job of following her lead in terms of energy, effort, and work rate. We need to get better.”

After taking a 1-0 lead into the half, freshman Aubree Larson extended the Hawkeyes’ lead after firing home a cross from Lacasse into the bottom left corner of the goal. The goal was Larson’s second of the season.

Iowa led 2-0 and controlled the game, limiting the Bulldogs to six shots up to the 67th minute, but Butler didn’t quit.

The Bulldogs got on the board when Stephanie Kaylor’s corner kick deflected off teammate Kelly Mahone and Elise Kotsakis snuck a shot past Hannah Clark via a header.

Senior Melanie Pickert wasted no time giving Iowa back its two-goal cushion. Pickert headed in a corner kick from sophomore Corey Burns at the 68:57 mark, just 53 seconds following Butler’s first goal, giving the Hawkeyes a 3-1 advantage.

With a little more than three minutes remaining, McKenzie Muchow cut the gap to 3-2, scoring off a second corner kick.

The Bulldogs had one more chance in the 89th minute, but Clark and the Hawkeye defense prevailed to hold off Butler and secure the 3-2 victory.

Senior Kiley Beck and Clark each played a half in goal. Beck totaled two saves, while Clark notched three in her first appearance of the 2014 season.

“Being 4-0 and not 3-1 is a good thing, but you can always learn, even when you don’t lose,” said DiIanni. “Butler is a good team and today was a good win, but we need to get better and be more consistent.”

The Hawkeyes (4-0) return to action Sept. 5, facing Iowa State (2-2) in Ames, Iowa, in the opening game of the 2014-15 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.?