Hawk Talk Monthly — October | Fight For Iowa | Box Score (PDF) | Boxscore
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The eighth-seeded University of Iowa soccer team saw its season come to an end Sunday, falling 2-1 to top-seeded Ohio State in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Hawkeyes end the 2017 season with a record of 9-8-2.
Both defenses came out strong in the first half, with neither team allowing a shot until the 13th minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Claire Graves knocked down three Ohio State shots in the span of six minutes.
Ohio State struck first, scoring on a header from Eleanor Gabriel from 8-yards out, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead at the 59:35 mark.
Thirteen minutes later, Iowa netted the equalizer. Junior Morgan Kemerling scored her first goal of the season off an assist from freshman Diane Senkowski. It was Senkowski’s first point as a Hawkeye.
In the final minutes of action, the teams took three shots a piece but were unable to score before the end of regulation.
Iowa held off the Buckeyes in the first overtime, but junior Sarah Roberts rocketed the ball past Graves from 30-yards out to finish the match.
KEY HAWKEYE PERFORMER
Kemerling scored her first goal of the season in Sunday afternoon’s action. The Illinois native now has two goals and three points as a Hawkeye
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“Even though today’s game didn’t go our way, I couldn’t be more proud of this team and the growth it made this season. Today’s game was a great example of how competitive the Big Ten Conference can be each game and the parity that exists amongst the schools. Ohio State is a good team that is having a great season, and we played even with them for 102 minutes tonight.
“The result could have gone either way and it took an unbelievable goal to end it. I can’t say thank-you enough to these seniors, who helped grow the culture of this program the last four years. They are great examples of what Hawkeye leaders are supposed to be.”