ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A golden goal from freshman Melina Hegelheimer sent the University of Iowa soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory over Michigan in a Friday night exhibition at U-M Soccer Stadium.
After battling to a draw through nearly 100 minutes, Hegelheimer fired a shot into the upper half of the net from 24 yards out to give the Hawkeyes the win.
“This game against this opponent is exactly what we were hoping to get when we scheduled this exhibition with Michigan. They are such a strong, well-coached program that put our team in situations we don’t often get to replicate in training.
“This was a good up-and-down game with a high tempo with both teams creating good chances to take the lead. I was happy with the chances we created during the game and our defensive shaped dictated how we played.
“It was a good way to start the season and we will enjoy the result, but know there is a lot of work to be had to build this season the way we want it.”
- Iowa out-shot Michigan, 14-9, with seven attempts coming in overtime. Eleven different Hawkeyes contributed at least one shot.
- The Hawkeyes utilized three goalkeepers — senior Claire Graves, redshirt junior Cora Meyers, and redshirt freshman Monica Wilhelm. The trio combined to make four saves in the shutout.
- Seven seniors, two sophomores, and a freshman started for Iowa and 25 players saw action.
The Hawkeyes open the regular season Thursday, hosting Western Michigan at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Admission is free.