PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The University of Iowa soccer team battled hard for 120 minutes, but ultimately fell to Rutgers, 2-1, in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at Yurcak Field.
Redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus gave Iowa the early lead in the 14th minute with a breakaway goal off of a 50-50 ball, her second of the season. Three minutes later, freshman Riley Whitaker had a chance to extend the lead for Iowa, but goalkeeper Meagan McClelland made the save.
The Hawkeyes took the 1-0 lead to halftime.
Iowa saw limited chances in the second half. McClelland made a save on a shot from junior Sydney Blitchok three minutes in to the half to keep Rutgers within striking distance. Nneka Moneme netted the equalizer in the 73rd minute, sending the game to overtime.
Amirah Ali scored the game-winning goal for Rutgers with 12 seconds left in the second overtime.
- Junior Devin Burns made her first start of the 2018 season.
- Haus’ goal is the eighth of her career.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“I’m very proud of our team’s commitment to face Friday’s tough loss with character, hard work, and resiliency. Today’s result is gut wrenching as a whole, to lose with 12 seconds left in double overtime; however, we also know that building this program right, is a process driven by commitment to a higher level of expectation and play and sometimes there are bumps along the way.”
“We grew today in the knowledge that hard work and quality isn’t the recipe for success. We have to control more of the outcome. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that at the end. We will continue to get better.”
The Hawkeyes will be home to face Purdue at 7 p.m. (CT) on Sept. 20 and Indiana on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at the Iowa Soccer Complex and admission is free.
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