IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa soccer team earned its third straight victory and second straight shutout after topping Michigan, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
The win moves the Hawkeyes to 8-6-2 overall and 4-4-1 in Big Ten Play. Iowa remains unbeaten at home in 2018 with a record of 7-0-2.
Michigan came out quick off the first whistle with a shot from Reilly Martin in the sixth minute that was blocked by the Iowa defense. Freshman Skylar Alward countered for the Hawkeyes with a shot that sailed high in the seventh minute.
Freshman Hailey Rydberg was able to challenge Michigan goalkeeper Hillary Beall with a shot on goal that was saved in the 17th minute, keeping the game scoreless. With four minutes left in the first half, Beall made a stop on a shot from redshirt freshman Josie Durr, sending the game to halftime tied.
Iowa came out of halftime ready to attack. They challenged the Michigan defense early with a shot from Durr that was saved in the 49th minute and a shot from junior Natalie Winters that went high in the 50th minute.
In the 51st minute, junior Devin Burns scored her second goal of the season and second game-winning goal off an assist from Winters to give the Hawkeyes the 1-0 lead.
Junior goalkeeper Claire Graves went untested as the Hawkeye defense kept Michigan from putting a shot on goal.
- Iowa outshot Michigan, 9-7.
- Winters’ assist is her third of the season.
- Graves’ victory is her seventh this season and the 24th of her career, moving her into sole position of third all-time in program history for career victories.
- Five Hawkeyes — Claire Graves, Morgan Kemerling, Riley Whitaker, Hannah Drkulec, and Sara Wheaton — played the full 90 minutes.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“First off, there is something to it that we have been sound defensively and that has been equal to our success as a team with winning some games. I’m a big defense wins championships. We were letting some set piece goals in early, some preventable goals. It says a lot about Morgan Kemerling, Hannah Drkulec, Sara Wheaton, and Riley Whitaker who played 90 minutes in the second straight game. We are proud of that. We thought we could catch them on the counter, ironically that’s how the goal happened. We were able to catch them flat and Devin (Burns) got in behind and was composed enough to finish.”
“This is a big time win and a big-time weekend. Michigan is a good team. This isn’t a three-point win, it’s a six-point win because we take three points from Michigan as well. This gives us confidence, but we know that we have a good Minnesota game on Thursday and Northwestern at the end. I am proud of our team. We are coming around, getting stronger mentally and physically.”
The Hawkeyes travel to Minneapolis to face Minnesota on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. (CT) before returning home to host Northwestern at 1 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the regular season finale.
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