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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two first-half goals from No. 6 Michigan were too much to overcome for the 10th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team, who lost, 2-1, Friday afternoon at Grant Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Michigan wasted no time scoring when midfielder Kathryn Peterson scored an unassisted goal five minutes into the game to put the Wolverines up 1-0. Iowa bounced back in the 16th minute when Mya Christopher scored to tie the game at one. Junior midfielder Isabella Solaroli, who came in as a sub, dribbled on the left side of the field getting inside the circle, and was credited with the assist. However, Michigan kept the pressure on scoring in the 22nd minute to head into halftime with a 2-1 lead.
Iowa registered three shots in the first four minutes of the second half with Michigan goalkeeper Anna Spieker making two saves on the shots on goal. The Hawkeyes stayed on the offensive the whole second half, recording 10 shots, but could never break through. With seven shots on goal in the second half, Michigan saved all of them. Iowa’s last best opportunity came in the 61st minute when sophomore Ellie Holley intercepted an aerial pass and registered a back-handed shot on the left side, but Spieker made another save.
Iowa falls to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.
QUOTING COACH CELLUCCI
“We couldn’t be prouder of the effort. (The team) did everything we asked them to do today. We unfortunately didn’t finish. We outshot Michigan and played a great defensive game. We have to find a way to put the ball in the goal. That’s what it came down to today, but we were proud of the grit and how we stuck to the game plan.”
“We can’t dwell on this. We can’t sulk. We have to get ready and prepare for Stanford, who is going to be just as good as Michigan. We told the team we have to have a short memory and we have to get back to work tomorrow.”
- The Hawkeyes outshot the Wolverine 10-5 in the second half and 13-7 for the game.
- Each team registered one penalty corner.
- Mya Christopher led the Hawkeye attack today, recording four shots on goal, while netting her second goal of the season.
- Ellie Holley, who came off the bench today, registered 2-of-3 shots on goal.
- Isabella Solaroli recorded her first assist and third point of the season.
The Hawkeyes return to Grant Field on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT) to face No. 21 Stanford. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live on BTN Plus.