IOWA CITY, Iowa – A Natalie Winters’ goal in the 84th minute lifted the University of Iowa soccer team to a 2-1 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series victory over Iowa State on Thursday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes’ 3-0 start is the first for the program since 2015.
After a scoreless where Iowa dominated the stat sheet, out-shooting the Cyclones, 12-2, the Hawkeyes struck first in the 69th minute. Sophomore Jenny Cape put Iowa on the board with a back-heel goal after receiving the ball from sophomore Samantha Tawharu and freshman Gianna Gourley.
Iowa State scored the equalizer on a remarkable goal from Abbey Van Wyngarden in the 84th minute, as she fired a shot past the out-stretched arm of senior Claire Graves from 35-yards out to even the score at 1-1.
Only seven seconds later, Winters notched the game-winner, firing a shot into the upper 1/3 following an assist from senior Devin Burns to give Iowa a 2-1 lead. The goal was Winters’ team-leading third goal of the season.
“We had to bounce back,” said Winters. “I looked far post and it went in. That showed a lot about our character, how great our mentality is, and how much we want to win.”
“Both of our goals were special moments by special players. Samantha Tawharu and Gianna (Gourley) get a good ball in and we have been begging our forwards to get to the near post. Jenny Cape got to near post and had a nice goal. Then Natalie Winters comes back seven seconds (after Iowa State scored) and puts it away.
“I am proud of our kids, it shows a lot of character to come back and it shows what our upside is when we’re dialed in.”
“I tried to be tricky and get the ball around her, and luckily it went in. I have never scored a goal like that, it was an in the moment decision and I went for it. Having it be in this game against an in-state rival makes it that much better.”
- The Hawkeyes have now won 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Cyclones. This result moved the all-time series to 13-7-2 in favor of the Hawkeyes.
- Iowa takes a 2-0 lead in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series match-up.
- Cape’s goal was the first of her career. She is the fourth Hawkeye to score their first career goals this season.
- Iowa out-shot Iowa State, 18-10, while also winning the corner kick battle, 6-4.
- Defenders Samantha Cary, Hannah Drkulec, and Riley Whitaker each played all 90 minutes in the contest.
- Iowa moves to 3-0 at home this season and the team is unbeaten at home in its last 13 contests (10-0-3).
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday, hosting Illinois State at 3 p.m. (CT). Admission is free.