No. 2 Iowa Silences No. 5 Louisville, 2-0

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The No. 2 Iowa field hockey team posted its second top-five win of the season, downing No. 5 Louisville, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium. The Hawkeyes move to an 8-0 start on the season – the best start since 1999 – with three wins against top-11 ranked foes.

“Our senior leadership shined through,” said head coach Lisa Cellucci. “This was a defensive battle and required great discipline to defend the lethal offense that Louisville possesses.”

The Hawkeyes got on the board in the 19th minute when senior Leah Zellner hit a laser from just inside the circle to give Iowa a 1-0 lead.  Just before half, the lead doubled when senior Ciara Smith found the back of the cage for her sixth strike.   Senior Ellie Holley was credited with the assist.

Up 2-0 at the break, there was a two hour and 27-minute weather delay before action resumed.  Out of delay, Iowa’s defense pressured Louisville the remainder of the match to seal the game and its sixth consecutive shutout.


“What a great day for the Hawks. This was a total team effort. I am so proud of the team and staff for staying present and focused through a lengthy weather delay.”


  • This is Iowa’s third victory over a nationally ranked team this season. The Hawkeyes have wins over No. 1 North Carolina, No. 5 Louisville and No. 11 Wake Forest.
  • This is Iowa’s first win over Louisville since 2008 in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Senior Grace McGuire recorded two saves on the day en route to her 13th career shutout.
  • Iowa has not allowed a goal in 395:20 minutes of game time since the second game of the season against North Carolina.
  • This was the first game this season Iowa didn’t score at least three goals.


The Hawkeyes return home to host No. 8 Penn State for two games beginning Friday at 6 p.m. (CT).