Iowa takes down Northwestern, advances to Big Ten Championship

For the second year in a row, the Iowa Hawkeyes find themselves in the Big Ten Championship.

They advanced on an incredible #SCTOP10 goal by senior Cloe Lacasse with 22 minutes left in the second half.

For Iowa, it was a bit of justice. The Hawkeyes were without star defender Melanie Pickert and have suffered numerous season-ending injuries this season that would have sunk most teams to the bottom of their conference.

In the game, Iowa and Northwestern were fairly equal. Northwestern had a slight edge in shots (19-14) but Iowa had the advantage in corner kicks (4-3).

Junior goalkeeper Hannah Clark had herself another nice game, racking up seven saves in her second consecutive shutout. She has been lights out in Iowa’s last two games and will have to keep playing at the high level she has been for Iowa to win its first Big Ten Championship.

Also, Iowa’s victory against Northwestern puts it in a much better place NCAA RPI-wise and there is now a fairly good chance that Iowa will make the field of 68. Of course if the Hawkeyes happen to win in Sunday’s championship, they would receive an auto-bid.

Here are more highlights:

Oh, and the full box score is from Purduesports.com

Notes:

  • Iowa is one of four consecutive women’s soccer Big Ten Tournament finalists in conference history.
  • The Hawkeyes won just their fourth game in Big Ten Tournament ever with the victory over Northwestern
  • Lacasses’ goal moved her into a tie with Sarah Lynch for the program’s all-time lead in points (112)
  • Iowa plays at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 for the title

 

If you’d like to explain to Jordan how Iowa scrapped its way into the Big Ten Tournament final, please email him at Jordan-Hansen@uiowa.edu because he cannot figure it out. 

 

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