Hawkeyes Shut Out UNCG; Remain Perfect

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The University of Iowa soccer team posted its second straight shutout, downing UNC Greensboro, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Hawkeyes move to 6-0 — the program’s best start since 2013.
 
Iowa jumped out to a hot start with a fourth-minute goal from senior Devin Burns. This goal was Burns’ third of the season and 17th of her career.
 
Moments before the half, senior Hannah Drkulec pushed the lead to 2-0, scoring a header off a corner kick from sophomore Riley Whitaker.
 
The Hawkeyes put the game away with a strike in the 75th minute when senior Olivia Fiegel capitalized off a loose ball in the middle of the box. It was Fiegel’s first goal of the season.
 
Senior Claire Graves made two saves en route to her second consecutive shutout and third shutout of the season.   Graves now has 20 career shutouts.
 
DIIANNI SAYS…
“It’s always a successful weekend when you go on the road and come back with two victories. I liked our approach to today’s game mentally. We were willing to do whatever it took to leave with three points. I am very happy we got two shutouts this weekend and our bench played a role in both games to help stretch the level of quality beyond the starters. Our team responded well to their first Friday-Sunday games, which can be difficult to adjust to physically and mentally.”
 
OF NOTE…
– Iowa’s 6-0 start is the best start since 2013 when the Hawkeyes won their first eight games.
– Two of Drkulec’s three career goals have come this season.
– Iowa dominated the action, out-shooting UNCG, 23-6, to go along with a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.
 
NEXT UP
The Hawkeyes return home to host Northern Colorado on Friday 7 p.m. (CT) at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

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