EAST LANSING, Mich. — The University of Iowa women’s soccer team fell, 3-0, at No. 14 Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Soccer Complex. Iowa finishes the regular season 9-4-4 overall and 3-4-3 in Big Ten play.
The Hawkeyes are Big Ten Tournament qualifiers, closing out the year eighth in the conference standings with 12 points.
The Spartans drilled a goal in the fourth minute on a corner kick opportunity. The one-nil score held into halftime, but a pair of Spartan goals in the final period put the match out of reach. The final score came on a penalty kick in the 74th minute.
Iowa managed a 9-4 advantage in shots, finishing both halves with a two-shot edge over Michigan State. Iowa registered four shots on goal for the contest, while the Spartans finished with five shtos on goal.
Goalkeeper Macy Enneking finished the contest with two saves.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
“Today we didn’t have the right mentality off the start and Michigan State is good enough to punish those decisions. We believe in our group. They need to have the same belief in themselves at times, but I know that every time these women have been challenged with adversity they have responded in a great, positive way.
We are elated with getting into the Big Ten Tournament, extending the chance to grow and play for championships.”
- Iowa advances to the Big Ten Tournament for the 14th time in program history.
- The loss in East Lansing is the first for Iowa since the 2017 season. The Hawkeyes have been visitors in each of the last three meetings.
- 90 Tracker: No Iowa position players logged 90 minutes against the Spartans. Twenty-one Hawkeyes participated in the contest; freshmanMillie Greer (87) and Sofia Bush (85) led Iowa position players in minutes. Nine Hawkeyes have played the entirety of at least one game this season, including Greer (12), Bush, fifth-year Samantha Cary (12), seventh-year Josie Durr, senior Rielee Fetty (4), senior Maggie Johnston (4), freshman Eva Pattison (3), junior Kenzie Roling and sophomore Kellen Fife.
Eighth-seeded Iowa (9-4-4, 3-4-3) gets a rematch with top-seed Michigan State (12-3-3, 7-1-2) in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 29. The winner will advance to the semifinals on Nov. 2, with the championship match to be played on Nov. 5. The semifinals and championship match will be played at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio.