AMES, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s soccer team dropped Thursday night’s Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series opener, 2-1, against Iowa State at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
The Hawkeyes outshot the Cyclones, 25-13, in the action-packed contest. Iowa also secured an advantage in shots on goal (13-3) and corner kicks (8-5). Iowa senior Hailey Rydberg led the way with a game-high seven shots, including Iowa’s lone goal off a penalty kick in the 85th minute.
Still, Iowa State was able to stave off the late Iowa run and defend a pair of early goals by forward Jada Colbert to take the first contest in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“Today was once again a very slow start for us to begin the game. I believe we can play with a more consistent mentality and product through 90 minutes, but right now we’ve not done that enough and it’s costing us dearly. Unfortunately, by the time we got into the game around the 25th minute, we were down two goals and having to chase the game. I liked how we approached the second half on the front foot, and we had enough chances to pull even and go ahead, but unfortunately, our quality wasn’t there. It hurts that much more that we weren’t able to put Iowa ahead in the Cy-Hawk series.”
- Iowa’s 25 shots mark the second time this season that the team as produced over 20 shots in a single game (vs. DePaul, Aug. 28); Rydberg led the way with seven shots, followed by fellow seniors Josie Durr and Caroline Halonen who recorded four apiece.
The Hawkeyes travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Sept. 11 to take on the UNI Panthers.