Iowa Defeats Purdue in Final Home Game, 3-1

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Oct. 19, 2014

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three first half goals, including two off the foot of senior Cloe Lacasse, lifted the University of Iowa soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Purdue on Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

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“For our seniors, it’s invaluable for them to be able to win their final two games on their home field,” said UI head coach Dave DiIanni. “I’m happy for them, and I’m proud of their effort. It was a team effort, but our seniors led us in both games this weekend.”

Purdue struck first with a goal from Erika Arkans in the 11th-minute when Maddy Williams sent a cross in front of the Iowa goal where Arkans was able to squeak it by UI junior goalkeeper Hannah Clark. The goal was the first allowed by Clark since Oct. 5 when the Hawkeyes fell to Michigan, 4-2.

After Purdue took the early 1-0 lead, Iowa fired right back, scoring a goal of their own to tie things up just a minute-and-a-half later. From 35-yards out, Lacasse fired a bullet over the defense and into the upper right corner of the net past an outstretched Purdue goalkeeper, Jordan Ginther.

It was all Iowa from thereon out.

In the 21st-minute, Lacasse was driving down the field before dumping the ball off to a wide open Emily Scott. The senior dribbled forward and pushed the ball past an oncoming Ginther to give the Hawkeyes a 2-1 advantage. The goal was the first of Scott’s Iowa career and marks the fifth time this season a Hawkeye has accomplished the feat. It was also Scott’s first career game-winner.

Lacasse was able to find the net once more in the 40th-minute. Sophomore Corey Burns found Lacasse in stride who then sprinted her way past two Purdue defenders on the way to netting her second goal of the game and ninth of the season. The Ontario, Canada, native has now scored two goals in four different contests this season.

Clark picked up her seventh win of the season while anchoring a Hawkeye defense that allowed Purdue only seven shots on the day. Iowa’s defense has allowed four or fewer shots on goal in nine games this season, and the Hawkeyes have allowed fewer than 10 shots in eight contests.

With an 11-4-1 overall record and a 6-3-1 record in conference play, the Hawkeyes return to action Oct. 24, playing the first of three-straight road games at Ohio State beginning at 6 p.m. (CT).

“The six points we earned this weekend was invaluable,” said DiIanni. “It keeps us ahead of Minnesota and gives us a little more momentum going onto the road these final three games.”

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