The Hawkeyes haven't conceded a goal in their first three matches to start the 2018 season. Iowa opened the season on Aug. 17 with a scoreless draw against Missouri, then rattled off two straight wins -- 2-0 over Creighton on Aug. 19 and 1-0 over Indiana State on Sunday.
As expected in a double-overtime scoreless draw, Iowa and Mizzou played evenly for most of the match. Both teams had 11 shots, though Iowa had one more shot on goal, one more corner kick and two more fouls. Claire Graves made six saves to earn a clean sheet to start her season.
Natalie Winters scored Iowa's first goal of the season against Creighton on a penalty kick at the 46:04 mark. Less than 10 minutes later, Riley Whitaker, assisted by Kaleigh Haus, scored her first goal of the season to give Iowa a 2-0 lead. The lead held thanks to Graves, who was named the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week, making five saves.
Clair Graves of @HawkeyeSoccer is the #B1GWSOC Goalkeeper of the Week, earning two shutouts last weekend and making 11 saves in Iowas win over Creighton and draw with Missouri pic.twitter.com/zyubIbBmgH— Big Ten Soccer (@B1GSoccer) August 21, 2018
Iowa was in control the whole game against Indiana State as it outshot the Sycamores 13-3 (7-2 SOG) and had four more corner kicks. However, Iowa's only goal came at 64:53 when Rose Ripslinger netted her first of the season. Sara Wheaton recorded the assist. Graves made two saves, bringing her season total to 13.
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Iowa escaped the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with a win, despite playing two top-15 teams. It opened the challenge by beating No. 14 Wake Forest 2-1 on Saturday, but fell to No. 2 North Carolina 2-1 in overtime on Sunday.
The Hawkeyes were outshot 15-11, had one fewer shot on goal and corner shot, but a couple of early goals was enough to hold off the Demon Deacons. Katie Birch opened the scoring for the Hawkeyes at the 14:55 mark, followed Maddy Murphy extending the lead 10 minutes later. Wake Forest's Megan Anderson netted the Demon Deacons' only goal of the match at the 56:56 mark.
Leslie Speight did everything she could in goal for Iowa, making nine saves and holding North Carolina to one regulation goal, despite the Tar Heels outshooting Iowa 17-4 in the match. Despite Iowa not getting a lot of shots off, it struck first when Murphy netted her second goal of the weekend at the 30:27 mark. North Carolina scored in the 61st minute to force overtime, then won a penalty stroke.
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