IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa soccer team earned its first Big Ten point after drawing Purdue, 1-1, on Thursday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
The draw moves the Hawkeyes to 4-4-2 overall and 0-1-1 in Big Ten Play.
Iowa came out strong off the first whistle, with shots from junior Natalie Winters and redshirt senior Rose Ripslinger in the first five minutes of action, but Winters’ shot was saved by goalkeeper Katie Luce and Ripslinger’s went wide to keep the game scoreless. Purdue took the lead in the 18th minute with a goal from Aly Mielke after playing a ball that rebounded off a block from Iowa.
The Hawkeyes controlled the early going of the second half. Winters netted the equalizer — her fourth goal of the season — for the Hawkeyes in the 61st minute off a pass from freshman Skylar Alward. Ripslinger ripped a shot on goal in the 80th minute, but the shot hit off the crossbar to keep the game knotted at one.
Alward had a chance at the game-winning goal just a minute in to overtime, Purdue mad a team save to hold the tie. Luce made a save in the 106th minute off a shot from redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Cora Meyers preserved the tie after saving a shot from Hannah Melchiorre in the 108th minute.
- Iowa out-shot Purdue, 14-11.
- Five Hawkeyes — Cora Meyers, Morgan Kemerling, Isabella Blackman, Hannah Drkulec, and Sara Wheaton — played the full 110 minutes.
- Winters’ goal is the eighth of her career.
- Alward earned her first career assist.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“We are big about progress and we felt like we turned a little bit of a corner against Rutgers. I said all week, unfortunately we did not get a point and we should have got one there. I’m really proud of our girls. We gave up another bad goal on a set piece and we don’t make a clearance, but we battled and created quite a few chances.”
“I thought we were the better team overall with chances inside the box. Purdue is a very good team. They exposed us in some spaces that we didn’t think we would get exposed. They are incredibly athletic and well coached. I am very proud of the girls and this is progress moving forward. We have a chance to get four points for the weekend.”
The Hawkeyes host Indiana at 2 p.m. (CT) on Sunday at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The game will be televised on BTN. Admission is free.
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