Iowa soccer takes two


Iowa midfielder Hannah Kousheh penetrates Cyclone’s defense during the game on Friday, September 11, 2015. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones, 1-0. (The Daily Iowan/Peter Kim)

Iowa soccer escapes the weekend unscathed with wins over Iowa State and Illinois-Chicago

By Courtney Baumann
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Two more matches turned into two more wins for the Iowa soccer team over the weekend.

The Hawkeyes finished up their nonconference season with a 1-0 win over Iowa State Sept. 11 and a 3-0 defeat of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday.

Soccer was the first of the three teams to defeat the Cyclones this past weekend, just two hours before the Hawkeye volleyball team earned a victory.

The lone goal of the game came on a corner kick in the first six minutes of play. Junior Tory Harman tallied the first goal of her career by heading the ball out of the hands of Iowa State goalkeeper Lindsey Henden.

Iowa controlled a good portion of the rest of the game, keeping the ball on Iowa State’s side and forcing the opposition to play defense for the first 70 minutes.

However, the Hawkeyes seemed to lose a bit of momentum toward the end of the game, and the Cyclones took advantage of that.

In the last 20 minutes, it seemed as though Iowa was playing not to lose rather than to win. Most of the time was spent in Iowa’s half, and the team struggled to keep the Cyclones from taking shots. Seven of Iowa State’s 15 shots came after the 71st minute.

“We were bending and not breaking in the last 15 minutes,” coach Dave DiIanni said. “When you control the tempo for 60 or 70 minutes and you don’t score, momentum swings. We ended up defending a lot in the last 15 or 20 minutes.”

Iowa’s defense did its job once again, recording its third shutout of the season. Senior goalkeeper Hannah Clark registered 6 saves.

“Playing Iowa State is always a big rivalry game,” she said. “Coming in and scoring one goal, no goals against — it’s really big for us.”

Win No. 6 came Sunday with Iowa’s victory over Illinois-Chicago.

Junior forward Bri Toelle notched her fourth goal of the season during the 14th minute, but it took more than 50 minutes for the Hawkeyes to score again, keeping Illinois-Chicago in the game.

The second goal came from freshman Hannah Brobst, who saw game minutes for the first time in her career as a Hawkeye. Fewer than four minutes after entering the game, she celebrated her score.

“I was so excited to be out there, and scoring made it 10 times better,” she said. “I knew I had to get up the field … When I got the ball, I just knew I had to hit it and hope for the best.”

Although the Hawkeyes came out victorious, DiIanni was looking for more out of his team. The Flames, which held an unexceptional record of 2-4-1 before making the trip to Iowa City, held on for longer than he would have liked to see.

The second-year head coach said his team seemed to have a “hangover emotionally” following the in-state rivalry game.

“Nonconference for us has been about learning experiences … I think today is another example of us not having our best energy,” DiIanni said. “Our kids need to learn from this. We’re not going to be able to survive the Big Ten schedule half-hearted or with the energy level we had [Sunday].”

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