IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s soccer team defeated DePaul, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Four different Hawkeyes scored en route to the victory.
Junior Kyndal Anderson broke things open in the eighth minute of action, blasting her second goal of the season off an assist from fellow newcomer Elle Otto.
Otto quickly went back to work, setting up senior Josie Durr for a goal in the 13th minute to put Iowa up, 2-0. Senior Samantha Cary was also credited with an assist on the play. Freshman Camille Welker launched her first career goal before the first half drew to a close, putting the Hawkeyes up three heading into the break.
Freshman Kellen Fife scored her first career goal off an assist from senior Hailey Rydberg at the 57:25 mark.
The Hawkeye defense allowed just four shots on the day, and goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm came up with saves on each attempt. Iowa outshot the Blue Demons 20-4 and took nine corner kicks to DePaul’s zero.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“We played everybody off the bench. That is always helpful, not just for experience for players that come off the bench, but to reduce the number of minutes on our starters is really important. It is going to be a long season. And then, when we did that, the level did not drop a ton. I think that is really exciting, because you are always concerned about the level dropping.
Getting a clean sheet is always important for us. In the first half we got a little bit shallow with our back line, the goalkeeper often playing along. They did everything we asked them to do in the second half. And then, I thought we scored four really nice goals. Unfortunately, we left three or four out there that we weren’t able to capitalize on.
- Iowa improves to 6-1-0 against DePaul, all-time.
- Newcomer Kyndal Anderson now leads Iowa in goals (2) and points (3) on the season.
- 90 TRACKER: Zero Hawkeyes played all 90 minutes of Sunday’s contest, as ten Iowa players subbed in off the bench. Senior Sara Wheaton (3) and Freshman Brokolyn Woods (3) lead Iowa in 90-minute games played this season, while Durr, Rydberg, and junior Rielee Fetty have each played the entirety of one game this season.
The Hawkeyes host Pacific at the Iowa Soccer Complex next Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT).