LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s early second-half goal handed the University of Iowa a 1-0 defeat in its season finale at Barbara Hibner Stadium on Wednesday night.
“I am pleased that we were able to continue the upward trend of growth within this program tonight against a very good Nebraska team,” said UI head coach Dave DiIanni. “The commitment they made to each other and the game plan was exciting to see.”
After a scoreless first half, Nebraska’s Jaycie Johnson opened up the second half with a header finding the back of the net in the 49th minute. It was set up off a cross from the right side of the box from Haley Hanson.
Iowa had the opportunity to score the equalizer in the final minutes with a shot by Jenna Kentgen off a corner kick by Natalie Winters in the 88th minute.
“That was a highly-ranked Nebraska team that we created good chances on and played a composed style of soccer,” said DiIanni. “Nebraska can have a tendency to speed you up and put you under a lot of pressure and our team handled that well.”
The Huskers outshot the Hawkeyes by a margin of 11-10, also leading in corner kicks, 3-2. Goalkeeper Claire Graves played all 90 minutes between the posts for Iowa making four saves on the night.
“We will work hard throughout the offseason to use these positive strides to build momentum toward where our program is headed,” added DiIanni.
Iowa finishes the 2016 season with an 8-11-0 overall record.