Iowa wins first-round Big Ten Tournament matchup

The Hawkeyes downed No. 23 and fourth seeded Rutgers in Big Ten Tournament action this morning and will move on to face the winner of the Penn State/Northwestern game.

Iowa’s lone goal came at the 9:02 mark and was a cleanup by midfielder Natalie Krygier off a corner kick. It gave the Hawkeyes the ever critical first-goal and allowed the team a bit of breathing room.

Here’s the goal for your viewing pleasure:

It was to be the only goal of the game, though not for lack of trying. Iowa played ball control throughout much of the first half and looked relatively dominate throughout. This was especially true of junior goalkeeper Hannah Clark, who again had a spectacular game and made seven saves on the way to her eighth shutout of the season.

In fact, Rutgers out-shot Iowa 16-9 and while worrisome, 12 of those shots came in the second half, a half played without first-team All-Big Ten selection Melanie Pickert.

The defender crumpled to the turf late in the the 37th minute with what appeared to be a very painful leg injury. If she is not healthy for tomorrow’s semifinal game, it will prove very difficult for the Hawkeyes to advance to the finals.

Notes:

  • Iowa’s victory was only the third Big Ten Tournament win in program history.
  • Bri Toelle and Pickert both assisted on Krygiers goal.
  • Two yellow cards were given in the game – one to Toelle and one to Rutger’s Erin Smith
  • Iowa’s Cloe Lacasse was relatively quiet, only getting one shot in game.
  • With the victory, Iowa moves to 13-6-1 on the season
  • The Hawkeyes advance to their second semi-final in as many years
  • Tomorrows semifinal match will be played at 10 a.m. (Central time)
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