LAWRENCE, Kan. — A 70th-minute goal lifted third-seeded Kansas to an NCAA Tournament victory over the University of Iowa soccer team Saturday night at Rock Chalk Park.
The Hawkeyes finish the 2019 season with a 15-5-1 record.
Midway through the second half, Kansas’ Ellie Prybylski played a ball to Katie McClure off a counter. McClure then sent a cross to Kailey Lane, who chipped in a shot from four yards out as the ball caromed off Claire Graves’ hand to give the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead.
The Hawkeyes kept fighting and unleashed four of their nine second-half shots in the final three minutes. Devin Burns fired a shot at the 87:02 mark, but KU’s Sarah Peters made the save and secured the ball before Natalie Winters could get her foot on the rebound.
With less than two minutes to play, Winters was fouled just outside the box, giving the Hawkeyes a free kick. Sophomore Riley Whitaker’s attempt was stopped by Peters and Wheaton’s shot off the rebound was again stopped by Peters — her fifth save of the game.
Iowa finished with a 14-7 advantage in shots for the game.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“That was the game we came here for. We were similar teams in about every category. It was two good teams that both won 15 games and both teams had chances throughout the course of the game.
“I am sad for our group of women; we played well and maybe deserved a different result. The nature of soccer isn’t fair sometimes. I am proud of how they competed; they played with such heart and competitiveness and created enough chances to be able to win the game.
“At the end of the day, Kansas scored the way they have scored many goals this year.”
- Iowa finishes the 2019 season with a 15-5-1 record. The 15 victories are tied for the most wins in a single season in program history.
- It was the final game for Iowa’s 13-player senior class. The group combined for 40 victories over the past four seasons.