Iowa Splits Weekend In Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. — The University of Iowa women’s soccer team split a pair of 1-0 results Saturday in Omaha. The Hawkeyes fell to South Dakota State, 1-0, in the first game before defeating Nebraska-Omaha, 1-0, in the night cap.

“This team continues to show improvement from the day-to-day training and games we play on the weekend, said UI head coach Dave DiIanni. “Today is no exception. It’s unfortunate in the South Dakota State game we didn’t get a better result. A lot of the aspects needed to get a win were there, but we didn’t capitalize on our chances created and perhaps a lack of concentration in the last minute of the game cost us at least a tie.

“It was good for our team to understand they have what it takes to bounce back a few hours later and get a much deserved win against Nebraska Omaha. With low numbers we are playing with this spring, the individual players are getting great development opportunities that will serve them well next fall.

“As a team we are playing some good soccer, but are still lacking enough creativity and flair in the final 1/3. We have one more week of spring to continue our climb to improve, culminating with a game against a very good Kansas team next Saturday.”

Iowa held the Jackrabbits scoreless at the half. South Dakota State scored the game-winning goal in the final minute, robbing Emma Rigby of a shutout and sending the Jackrabbits to a 1-0 victory.

The Hawkeyes ended their day on a high note, topping the Mavericks, 1-0. Rose Ripslinger scored the game-winner early in the first half on a Bri Toelle assist. Tina Cardamone was credited with the shutout in goal.

The Hawkeyes round out their spring slate April 16, traveling to Lawrence, Kansas, to take on the Jayhawks. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m. (CT).