IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s soccer team dropped its home opener to Kansas, 1-0, on Thursday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
The Hawkeyes had opportunities, taking 13 shots, including nine in the second half. Senior Hailey Rydberg led the way, putting up five shots including three on goal. Still, it was Kansas’ Shira Elinav who struck first in the 52nd minute with what ultimately proved to be the game-winner.
Senior Josie Durr fired a valiant shot to the bottom right corner in the 66th minute, but a diving save by Jayhawk goalkeeper Melania Pasar maintained the Kansas lead.
Iowa goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm came up with five saves on 15 total shots by the Jayhawks.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“Tonight we weren’t good enough in the attention to details of the game, unfortunately, and Kansas was. I thought that we had some players put in a real good shift tonight, but unfortunately our lack of depth was evident as well. This team can play better quality soccer and we will more consistently in the games to come. “
- 90 TRACKER: Sara Wheaton (3), Brooklyn Woods (3), Josie Durr, and Rielee Fetty played the entirety of Thursday’s match. Rydberg is the only other Hawkeye to have registered 90 minutes in a match this season.
Iowa hosts DePaul on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT).