Iowa Draws Northwestern, 1-1, in Season Finale

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa soccer team closed their season with a 1-1 draw against Northwestern at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The draw moves the Hawkeyes to 8-7-3 overall and 4-5-2 in Big Ten Play. Iowa finished the 2018 season unbeaten at home with a record of 7-0-3.
In a battle for a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, Iowa and Northwestern came out with energy and intensity, with five shots between the two teams in the first eight minutes of action. In the ninth minute, junior Devin Burns crossed the ball into the box to redshirt senior Rose Ripslinger who found the back of the net for her third goal of the season, putting the Hawkeyes 1-0.
Junior goalkeeper Claire Graves made a save on a shot from Northwestern’s Marisa Viggiano in the 11th minute to keep Iowa ahead.
Wildcat goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood made save off a shot from junior Natalie Winters in the 62nd minute to keep Northwestern in striking distance before Viggiano scored the equalizer in the 72nd minute, sending the game to overtime.
Redshirt freshman Josie Durr’s shot in the 95th minute was saved by Wood to keep the game tied. In the 102nd minute, redshirt junior Kaleigh Haus had a chance at the game-winner for Iowa, but Wood made the stop.
Graves made a save in the 103rd minute off a header from Kayla Sharples to hold the game at a 1-1 draw.
“I thought we played really well. These were two teams fighting for a lot at stake, each team needed a win, it became a physical game. We got a special goal from Rose Ripslinger in the first half. The second half we did not play as well as we should have. We missed opportunities technically and tactically to open up the game and take pressure off our back line. Give them credit, they are a good team and pinned us in for moments that were difficult to deal with. I’m not disappointed in the girls at all. They have been committed to the journey all year.”
“This senior class has been fantastic. They stayed committed to the coaching change which will always be special to me. They left the program better than they found it. Each one of them are fantastic individuals and have played their own certain role.”

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