IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa field hockey team (5-1, 4-1) defeated Michigan (2-1, 1-1), 2-1, in a shootout at Grant Field on Sunday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawkeyes came ready to battle in the first quarter with eight shots, holding the Wolverines shotless.
Iowa broke through in the second quarter with an unassisted goal by senior Ellie Holley to momentarily take the lead. A few minutes later, Michigan answered back with its own goal to even the score.
Both teams battled in the third and fourth quarters, but the score remained tied to take it into double overtime. Still scoreless after two overtime periods, the match went to a shootout.
On the fifth shot, sophomore Sophie Stribos notched the game winning goal to put the Hawkeyes on top.
HEARING FROM HEAD COACH LISA CELLUCI
“We’ve never been in a shootout (since Cellucci has been at Iowa), so it was awesome to get that win and just the resilience of the group from start to finish. We knew it was gonna be a battle based on Friday, and we were happy that we dominated statistically again. We’d love some more goals to fall but you can tell that we’re starting to get better.”
HEARING FROM SENIOR ELLIE HOLLEY:
“We just tried to make sure our priorities were getting shots straight in the circle as soon as we got there and being ready for any rebounds their goalkeeper was giving us. With the goal, it was a great run by (Esme Gibson), and I knew I was at the top of the circle and wanted to shoot on goal. It was a great pass and then I just knew I was in the top of the circle and I was like let’s just shoot on goal, and I’m glad it was on target.”
- First shootout since 1995, when the Hawkeyes fell to Maryland 2-3.
- Holley scored her second goal of the season. S. Stribos’ penalty stroke was credited for the second goal to tally her second goal of the season.
- Iowa leads the series with Michigan, 43-27.
The Hawkeyes will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State on Friday, March 19 at 3 p.m. (CT) and Sunday, March 21 at 11 a.m (CT).