No. 13 Iowa Falls to No. 14 Northwestern

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Evanston, Ill. — The 13th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team fell for the first time in the last seven games in a 2-0 defeat to No. 14 Northwestern on Friday. The Hawkeyes move to 7-2 on the season.
Northwestern’s first shot found the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed in the fourth minute. Mostly a stalemate in the first half, Iowa closed the half strong with shots by freshman Leah Zellner and senior Makenna Grewe in the final two minutes of the first half. However, Northwestern goalkeeper Annie Kalfas saved both of them, and the game remained scoreless at halftime. 
Northwestern again started the half strong with a shot two minutes in, but Hawkeye goalkeeper Leslie Speight made her third save of the game. In the 57th minute, Northwestern scored on a redirect goal off a penalty corner to lead 1-0. In the 63rd minute, Iowa midfielder Katie Birch took a shot, but missed high. Thirty seconds later, Northwestern took advantage of an Iowa green card and netted their second goal of the game to lead 2-0.

  • The loss snaps Iowa’s six-game winning streak.
  • Junior goalkeeper registered three saves and holds a 7-2 record this season.
  • Iowa faced eight penalty corners and only allowed a goal on one of them.

Iowa returns to the field tomorrow at noon (CT) in Evanston, Illinois, against No. 25 California, who is 3-3 this season.

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