Iowa soccer ends season in NCAA Tournament against Kansas

A second half goal from the Jayhawks ended the Hawkeyes season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


Wyatt Dlouhy

Ohio State players console defender Marine Mousset following the Iowa versus Ohio State game at the University of Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday, October 27, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Buckeyes 2-1 in double overtime.

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter

The Iowa soccer team’s season came to an end on Saturday as it lost at Kansas, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes finished their season with a 15-5-1 record.

In the 70th minute, sophomore forward Kailey Lane scored the game-winning goal. She received a cross pass from senior forward Katie McClure. The ball got to Lane’s feet in the goal box, and she shot it off senior goalkeeper Claire Graves’ hand into the net.

Though the score doesn’t suggest it, the Hawkeyes had plenty of opportunities to score during the game. They had 14 shots, including five that were on goal. The Jayhawks had seven shots and only one shot on goal. The Hawkeyes also continued their aggressive play that they had all season, with 19 fouls.

There was a chance for the Hawkeyes to tie the game up in the 88th minute when sophomore defender Riley Whitaker lined up for a free kick. Whitaker’s kick went off the Jayhawk goalkeeper and sophomore defender Sara Wheaton got a shot off, but the goalkeeper – sophomore Sarah Peters – blocked it to cap off her wonderful performance on the night.

“That was the game we came here for,” head coach Dave DiIanni said in a release.  “We were similar teams in about every category. It was two good teams that both won 15 games and both teams had chances throughout the course of the game.

“I am sad for our group of women; we played well and maybe deserved a different result.  The nature of soccer isn’t fair sometimes. I am proud of how they competed; they played with such heart and competitiveness and created enough chances to be able to win the game.”

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