PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The seventh-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team fell to No. 13 Rutgers, 1-0, on Friday afternoon. Iowa’s six second-half shots weren’t enough to climb back from a 1-0 halftime deficit.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Rutgers fired the first shot of the game, but Iowa found its groove early in the first half. Starting with Iowa’s first penalty corner at 13:43, a shot by sophomore Ellie Holley hit the post, and then the Hawkeyes registered another penalty corner minutes later. The Hawkeyes rattled off a flurry of three shots but could not covert. A Rutgers save and a defensive save stifled the Hawkeye attack with 14 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Scarlet Knights broke the scoreless tie in the 21st minute on their first penalty corner of the game on a redirect goal. Iowa headed to the second half down 1-0.
Freshman Meghan Conroy registered Iowa’s first shot in the second half in the 47th minute but it sailed wide. Conroy’s shot was the only attempt from either team with roughly 10 minutes left to play when Iowa called a timeout. The Hawkeyes came out on the offensive after the timeout.
Junior midfielder Katie Birch drew a penalty stroke but Rutgers goalkeeper Gianna Glatz made the save in the 61st minute. In the next three minutes (62:04-64:59), Iowa registered six straight penalty corners with four shot attempts. Holley’s shot was saved by Rutgers on the first penalty corner attempt, Anthe Nijziel had two shots blocked, and Birch had one blocked. The Hawkeyes had multiple chances in the final minutes, but could never push across an equalizing goal.
- All five of Iowa’s losses have come against top-25 opponents.
- Iowa’s defense held Rutgers to no shots or penalty corners in the second half. For the game, the Hawkeyes outshot the Scarlet Knights 10-3 with six shots coming in the second half.
- Iowa registered eight penalty corners for the second straight game.
- It’s only the second time in 17 games Iowa’s offense has been shutout.
- Four Hawkeyes recorded at least two shots.
Iowa begins postseason play with the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 28. Iowa’s opponent and location will be announced on Sunday after all conference games have been completed.