EAST LANSING, Mich. — The 25th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team defeated Michigan State, 7-1, Friday afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawkeyes tallied three unanswered goals in the first half before Michigan State was able to get on the board. Sophomore Sophie Sunderland got the Hawkeyes going in the 8th minute, and senior Taylor Omweg scored a minute later off a cross from Melissa Progar giving the Hawkeyes an early, 2-1 lead. Freshman Mya Christopher gave the Hawkeyes a three-goal in the 16th minute off a pass from Nikki Freeman. Michigan State’s only goal came in the 32nd minute making the score, 3-1, at halftime.
Iowa continued its offensive attack in the 38th minute. Freshman Maddy Murphy found the back of the cage off of a penalty corner giving Iowa a 4-1 lead. Mallory Lefkowitz tallied the Hawkeyes fifth goal in the 50th minute from the top of the circle. Christopher got her second goal of the game in the 55th minute, expanding Iowa’s lead to, 6-1. Progar added the Hawkeyes seventh goal in the 62nd minute off of a pass from Lefkowitz to secure the, 7-1 victory.
QUOTING HEAD COACH LISA CELLUCCI
“An excellent week of practice resulted in us finally putting a complete 70 minute game together. Our team defense was outstanding and we had very balanced scoring.”
- Senior goalkeeper Katie Jones made seven saves in the victory.
- Mya Christopher recorded two goals for the first multi-goal game of her career.
- The Hawkeyes have now scored seven goals twice this season.
- Ten Hawkeyes got on the score sheet in the match, the most in a single game this season.
- Iowa’s 17 shots were the most in a match this season.
UP NEXT FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes conclude their regular season on Sunday against No. 24 Ohio State at 1 p.m. (CT) at Grant Field. Iowa will be honoring its seniors before the match.