No. 8 Hawkeyes defeat Lions, 3-1

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­­­IOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 8 University of Iowa field hockey defeated Columbia in the program’s first ever meeting, 3-1, at Grant Field on Sunday. The Hawkeyes’ record improve to 3-1 on the season.
A closely contested first half led each team scoreless going into the third period. Iowa controlled possession consistently throughout the match, putting up 33 shots, 17 on goal, and 17 corners.
Iowa opened scoring in the third period with an unassisted goal off a penalty corner from sophomore Lokke Stribos. Columbia followed quickly behind with a rebound goal from senior Jennifer Trieschman after she created a fast break; The Lion’s only shot on goal during the match.
The Hawkeyes regained and held the lead in the fourth period, scoring on a tipped corner from senior Katie Birch with assists from junior Ellie Holley and senior Sophie Sunderland. Junior Maddy Murphy expanded the lead, 3-1, with an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute. Both goals occurred in the final ten minutes of play.
On the first half…
“We told them to breathe and stay composed because we were pressing a little too much, trying to finish. We just needed to have more poise with our attack and be smarter. We struggled today with our penalty corners, which is something we usually count on. We knew the goals would come if we just continued to follow the game plan, and that was to be connected and to create together. The goals finally came.”
On the teams’ shots on goal…
“It’s all about our ability to build the ball forward, starting from our midfield. We move the ball extremely well as a team. Now, we have to be able to finish in the final third. Today, we pressed a little and rushed. We need to allow the play to develop, and if we do that, we’ll be in a much better spot.”
Five Hawkeyes (Lokke Stribos, Katie Birch, Maddy Murphy, Sofie Stribos, Sophie Sunderland) now have multiple goals on the season. Sunderland leads the team with four.
Katie Birch leads the team in assists (5), followed by Maddy Murhpy and Meghan Conroy (2).
The Hawkeyes face California on Friday (Sept. 13) at 3 p.m. (CT) and No. 3 Duke on Sunday (Sept. 15) at 1 p.m. (CT).