WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sophomore Annika Herbine’s golden goal in the 74th minute sent the fifth-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team to a 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 20 Wake Forest on Friday night in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup at Kentner Stadium.
The win was head coach Lisa Cellucci’s 100th career victory as she became the fourth Hawkeye head coach to reach the milestone.
Moments after returning to the field following a green card, Herbine fired the game-winning goal in the second overtime at the 73:44 mark. It was her first career game-winner.
The Hawkeyes scored the game’s first goal in the 24th minute when junior Alex Wesneski found the back of the cage. Leah Zellner was credited with the assist.
Iowa kept its lead until the 56th minute when the Demon Deacons capitalized off a penalty corner. Ashley Hart got a stick off a deflection to tie the game at one.
Senior Grace McGuire made three saves in goal as she faced 10 shots in the game. It was McGuire’s 31st career win.
"Tonight was an unbelievably gritty win by our team. We played down a player for 10 minutes in the fourth quarter. Wake Forest put us under a lot of pressure and they executed a great defensive game plan. In the end we found a way. Annika Herbine's goal in OT was fantastic. We will regroup tonight and learn a lot from this game."Coach Cellucci
– Wesneski’s goal was the fifth of her career, matching her 2021 total.
– Herbine’s strike was her third of her career.
– Graduate transfer Laura Drees and sophomore Jacey Wittel made their first career starts in the victory.
– Iowa has won its last eight road games — 7-0 in 2021, 1-0 this season.
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday, facing No. 2 North Carolina at 3 p.m. (CT) in Winston-Salem. The Tar Heels defeated No. 3 Michigan, 5-1, on Friday in their season opener.