MADISON, Wis. – The University of Iowa soccer team earned a key point in the Big Ten Conference standings, battling No. 10/14 Wisconsin to a 2-2 draw on Thursday night at the McClimon Complex. The Hawkeyes’ two goals doubled the numbers of goals the Badgers had allowed in league play this season.
The Hawkeyes are 13-3-1 overall and 5-3-1 in Big Ten play this season. Iowa has 16 points in the league standings.
The Badgers jumped out to an early lead when Cameron Murtha scored in the eighth minute to take an early 1-0 lead, but the Hawkeyes responded with a first-half answer.
Senior Devin Burns played a ball in to freshman Gianna Gourlely in the 19th minute and Gourley put it away to tie the game at one. It was Gourley’s fourth goal of the season and Burns’ team-leading fourth assist.
The Hawkeyes grabbed the lead at the 53:42 mark when Wisconsin was whistled for a hand ball in the box. Senior Natalie Winters gave Iowa the 2-1 lead with her fourth PK goal of the season. She is 4-for-4 on the year and 8-for-8 on PKs in her career.
Wisconsin returned the favor, scoring the equalizer in the 73 minute off a penalty kick when Iowa was called for a hand ball. Dani Rhodes scored to tie the game at two.
HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI SAYS…
“The team is disappointed not to get a win in a difficult environment and against a great team but we’re so proud of the way we played and competed. It was a fun game to be involved in, filled with a lot of momentum swings for both teams. Every game in this league requires your best or you won’t be very successful, so we know the turnaround to prepare for a good Minnesota team will come fast.”
– Wisconsin entered the game with a perfect 6-0-0 record in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes are the first team to score on the Badgers in the month of October.
– The Hawkeyes’ 41 goals doubled last season’s goal total (20).
– Iowa’s last draw against Wisconsin was October 8, 2014, in Madison. Wisconsin was ranked 12th.
– Winters’ sixth goal ties Devin Burns for the team lead.
– Prior to tonight, Wisconsin had allowed only one goal in Big Ten play and six goals the entire season.
– Iowa out shot the Badgers, 6-0, in overtime and 15-11 throughout the entire game.
– The Hawkeye defense didn’t surrender a shot in either overtime period.
The Hawkeyes head east to take on Minnesota on Sunday at 1 P.M. (CT). The game will be streamed on BTN+.