Oct. 3, 2015
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Iowa soccer team battled through two overtime periods to a scoreless draw at Indiana on Saturday night at Yeagley Field. The win gives the Hawkeyes their first Big Ten point of the season.
“Both teams played hard tonight and I think we would both say that we are a bit disappointed to not get a crucial three points towards the Big Ten standings,” said head coach Dave DiIanni. “We played very well defensively and Hannah Clark came up with a big save late in the game to push it to overtime.”
It was nearly even in the first half with the Hoosiers having a one-shot advantage in the first 45 minutes of play. Indiana had an opportunity to go up 1-0 at the 39-minute mark when Caroline Dreher fired a shot toward Iowa goalkeeper Hannah Clark, but the UI senior was able to make the save to keep the game scoreless.
The second half was a different story as Iowa only managed five shots opposed to Indiana’s 12. The Hawkeyes had three solid chances to take the lead in the second half. Karly Stuenkel fired a quick shot on the goal at the 50-minute mark, but Indiana’s Sarah Stone made the save. Junior Bri Toelle’s shot sailed high at the 68:57 mark, before freshman Alina Magruder’s shot at the 72-minute mark was blocked by the Indiana defense.
Indiana managed only one shot on goal in the first overtime period, while holding Iowa to zero. Both goalies made big saves in the second overtime period. Stone made a stop on Toelle’s shot at the 104-minute mark.
With just over a minute left in the game, Clark came up big for Iowa, making a save on Dreher, preserving the double overtime draw. Clark tallied a season high nine saves on the night on her way to her fifth shutout of the year and 25th of her career.
“We don’t sustain enough possession currently to help alleviate the pressure our defenders take on,” said DiIanni. “We will get back to work on Monday trying to get better.”
The Hawkeyes return home to host a pair of conference match-ups next week, beginning with an Oct. 8 game against Wisconsin.