IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa women’s soccer tied Minnesota in a scoreless match on Sunday at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
Both teams had scoring opportunities; the Gophers finished with 12 shots and five shots on goal with Iowa close behind at 10 shots and three shots on goal for the contest.
Minnesota outshot Iowa, 6-2, in the first period before Iowa applied pressure in the second half, finishing with an 8-6 edge in shots taken during the final 45 minutes.
Hawkeye goalkeeper Macy Enneking matched a season-best five saves en route to the seventh clean sheet that the Iowa defense has posted this season. Enneking’s 16 career shutouts stand alone at third in the Iowa record book, following Sunday’s match.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“I think [the draw] is an indication of how much parity there is in college soccer, and that starts in the Big Ten. The margin for error is really small and everyone is coached really well. Everyone comes in really well-prepared tactically, and today was no different…
The parity of the game is so close right now that it comes down to a missed assignment or not winning a second ball. That is really what I thought we did a good job of in the second half. We lost a lot of second balls in the first half. I thought we did a much better job in the second half. Really, that game was probably an appropriate score. They had the first half, and we had a bit of an advantage in the second half.”
- Seven shutouts for the Hawkeye defense matches last season’s total; Iowa has allowed just three goals through 10 contests (0.30 GAA).
- Enneking’s 16 career shutouts move ahead of Emily Moran ’11 (15 shutouts) for third in program history. Enneking ranks fifth in the Hawkeye record book with 19 career victories (.686 win percentage).
- 90 Tracker: Senior Samantha Cary (8), freshman Millie Greer (7) and senior Rielee Fetty (4) each played the entirety of Sunday’s match. The following Iowa position players have recorded at least one 90-minute effort this season: senior Maggie Johnston (4), juinior Kenzie Roling, sophomore Kellen Fife and freshman Eva Pattison.
Iowa (6-1-3) faces Purdue (3-7-1, 0-2-1) at Folk Field next Thursday in West Lafayette, Indiana. The game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network starting at 5 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes return home on Oct. 1 to host Rutgers for the annual Pink Game for breast cancer awareness. Kickoff is set for Noon at the Iowa Soccer Complex.