MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Iowa soccer team fell, 3-1, to Minnesota on Thursday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
The lose moves the Hawkeyes to 8-7-2 overall and 4-5-1 in Big Ten Play.
The Hawkeyes challenged Gopher goalkeeper Maddie Nielsen in the third minute with a shot off a free kick from freshman Riley Whitaker, Nielsen made the save to keep Iowa off the scoreboard.
Minnesota took the lead with a goal from Molly Fiedler in the 13th minute and April Bockin extended the lead just nine minutes later.
Redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus cut the deficit to 2-1 after hitting the upper right 90 from just outside the box in the 32nd minute. Redshirt freshman Josie Durr had a chance at the equalizer with five minutes left in the first half, but the Minnesota defense blocked the shot.
In the 62nd minute, Minnesota extended its lead to 3-1 with Bockin’s second goal of the contest.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“We need to get off to a better start in all areas of the game. Our mentality wasn’t good enough and we lost to a team that executed their game plan better. We’re a much better team than we showed tonight, and these ladies will be ready to play on Sunday.”
The Hawkeyes host Northwestern in their regular season finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Iowa Soccer Complex for Senior Day.
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