COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Iowa women’s soccer team fell on the road to Ohio State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Buckeyes struck first out of the gate, as forward Kailyn Dudokovich notched a goal in the fifth minute of play off an assist from Sydney Jones. In the first half, both teams would see an apparent score, only to be called back by close offsides calls. Ohio State would carry the, 1-0, lead into halftime while maintaining a nine shots to four advantage over the Hawkeyes.
Iowa went on the attack in the second half, creating extended possessions and eventually claiming a 15-13 advantage in shots by the end of the contest. Leading the way was graduate student Caroline Halonen with nine shots, including seven in the second half. Halonen recorded two of three Hawkeye shots on goal for the day, all in the final 45 minutes of action.
Still, an Ohio State free kick opportunity just outside the box would prove costly as Buckeye Kine Flotre drilled a second goal in the 67th minute. The Buckeye defense would hold on to complete the shutout.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“I’m very proud of how this group of women played today. They did all that we asked tactically and created more than enough chances to control the outcome of the game. Unfortunately, the margin for error is small in this great conference and Ohio State punished us for the mistakes that were made in each half. This group will not stop working to improve. We will continue to push forward, and there are successful days ahead in the very near future because of that mentality they bring.”
- Iowa moves to 3-5-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in Big Ten Conference play.
- Hawkeye goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm grabbed two saves against Ohio State.
- 90 TRACKER: Sara Wheaton (8), Samantha Cary (5), and Cassidy Formanek (3) played all 90 minutes of Sunday’s game. Seven Hawkeyes have played the entirety of at least one contest this season, including Hailey Rydberg (4), Brooklyn Woods (3), Josie Durr (2), and Rielee Fetty.
Iowa travels to Champaign, Illinois, on Sept. 29 to take on the Fighting Illini at Demirjian Park. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT).