IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Rose Ripslinger’s goal in the 64th minute sent the University of Iowa soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory over Indiana State on Sunday at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
The victory moves the Hawkeyes to 2-0-1 this season and Iowa has yet to allow a goal.
Ripslinger found the back of the net in the 64th minute, scoring on a header following an assist from freshman Sara Wheaton. The goal came on Iowa’s 11th shot of the game. It was Ripslinger’s third career goal and first since the 2016 season.
After holding the Sycamores without a shot in the first half, Indiana State put its first shot on goal in the 59th minute, but Iowa goalkeeper Claire Graves made the save to keep the game scoreless.
Iowa controlled the game throughout, getting four of their nine shots on goal in the first half. The Hawkeyes out-shot Indiana State, 13-3, in the game.
SHUTTING DOWN OPPONENTS
Graves posted her third shutout of this season and 14th of her career. The junior goalkeeper went untested in the first half and she saved two shots in the second half to earn her 19th career victory.
This is the first time Iowa has had three straight shutouts since the 2014 season. Former Hawkeye Hannah Clark posted four straight shutouts in victories over Colorado State, Illinois, Northwestern, and Minnesota.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“Rose is unbelievable. Rose is giving everything she has right now. That was a senior moment right there. She is determined to not let the team lose or tie. She was committed to pressing it defensively and in the attack and hunting the ball in the box, that’s how she got the goal. That is senior leadership we need on this team. That’s the urgency we need to score goals. I’m proud of Rose.”
Iowa will host the four-team Hawkeye Invitational next weekend at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes will face Central Michigan at 7 p.m. (CT) Friday and VCU at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
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