No. 19/21 Hawkeyes Suffer 1st Loss at Purdue

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The No. 19/21 University of Iowa soccer team suffered its first setback of the season, falling 1-0 at Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.  The loss snaps the Hawkeyes’ nine-game winning streak.
After a scoreless first half, the Boilermakers grabbed the lead early in the second half, scoring off a header from Sydney Sparks in the 47th minute.
The Hawkeyes had a number of scoring chances down the stretch, but they couldn’t capitalize.  Iowa out-shot Purdue, 10-4, in the game and had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.  
“Offensively, I like how we played from box-to-box compared to Friday’s game. The first 10 minutes of each half hurt us with physical and mental lapses. The lack of special moments in the final 1/3 was the greater issue today. We controlled a lot of possession, but that doesn’t win you games often enough in this tough conference. This team is resilient, and this game certainly won’t define our season. We will continue to grow next week.”
– Freshman Melina Hegelheimer made her first career start for the Hawkeyes.
– Sunday’s setback was Iowa’s first loss to Purdue this decade. The Hawkeyes are now 7-1-2 against Purdue since 2010.
The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City on Sept. 26, hosting Illinois at 8 p.m. (CT) at the Iowa Soccer Complex.  The game will be televised on BTN.

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