Hawkeye soccer had another successful week, sweeping its pair of games in the Hawkeye Invitational. Iowa allowed its first goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Central Michigan on Friday, then had another clean-sheet effort in a 2-0 win over VCU on Sunday.
The Chippewas scored before the 10th minute to take an early lead over the Hawkeyes, and Iowa was unable to answer until the 32:24 mark when Natalie Winters scored her first goal of the match. Josie Durr added a goal at the 60:17 mark prior to Winters netting an insurance goal six minutes later off of a penalty kick. The Hawkeyes had five more shots than CMU, despite losing the corner kick battle 5-2.
Claire Graves earned her fourth clean sheet of the season on Sunday against VCU as she saved four shots. Iowa didn't give her any help on offense until the second half, however. Durr scored her second goal of the week right before the 50-minute mark, followed by Olivia Hellweg putting the game away 16 minutes later.
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Both the men and women's cross country teams were ranked in the top 15 of the Midwest Region. The men came in at No. 8, behind other Big Ten schools in Illinois (3) and Minnesota (4) but ahead of Nebraska (9). The women start the season as the 12th-ranked team in the region, only behind No. 3 Minnesota in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes opened its season by hosting the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday, the only meet in Iowa City this season. The men and women both finished behind only Iowa State to take second place.
Iowa State runners took the top-five spots on the men's side, though the Hawkeyes did have a pair of top-10 finishers. Daniel Soto (18:44.3) and Ian Eklin (18:44.3) were neck and neck, finishing ninth and 10th, respectively. Freshman Spencer Smith (18:49.3) took 12th in his Hawkeye debut, while Daniel Murphy (19:02.0) finished in 19th. Nathan Mylenek (19:05.7) earned the final points for the Hawkeyes with a 21st-place finish.
The women had better luck at the top of the individual standings, starting with Andrea Shine running past the competition. She won the event by 13.9 seconds with a time of 14:07.5. Megan Schott (14:23.7) also earned a top-five finish as she came in fourth. Anna Hostetler (14:51.5) took 14th and Grace McCabe (14:52.9) took 15th in their Hawkeye debuts.
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Field Hockey (3-1)
Iowa field hockey opened its home schedule with a pair of wins, taking down Dartmouth 6-0 on Friday and Ball State on Sunday, 7-1.
Katie Birch's hat trick against Dartmouth paved the way, though Maddy Murphy also added a pair of goals and three assists. Makenna Grewe scored the team's other goal at the 39:17 mark. Ellie Holley tied Murphy with a team-high three assists. Iowa's defense was also sharp on Friday as goalie Leslie Speight only needed to make one save on her way to a clean sheet.
The scoring didn't stop against Ball State, but this time it was Sophie Sunderland who recorded the hat trick for the Hawkeyes. She scored her first goal at the 2:34 mark and had two goals by the 11th minute. Grewe added her second goal of the week, while Ryley Miller, Leah Zellner and Isabella Solaroli all added a goal, too. The Hawkeyes outshot Ball State 25-6, including 20-6 shots on goal.
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Iowa volleyball is off to a rocky start this season, which includes dropping two games last week. It started the season by beating SMU 3-1, losing to Lipscomb 3-2 and sweeping a three-set match against Belmont. Last week, the Hawkeyes fell 3-1 to both Washington on Friday and Colorado on Saturday in Seattle.
Iowa took the first set 25-21 against Washington but proceeded to lose three consecutive, 25-22, 25-23, 25-16. Taylor Louis led the team with 18 kills, while Brie Orr chipped in with 11 digs and a team-high 31 assists. Cali Hoye added 16 kills and 10 digs, too. Meghan Buzzerio finished with the team's only ace.
Against Colorado, the Hawkeyes started slow with set losses of 25-19, 25-21 before taking the third set 25-23. It fell 25-13 to end the match. Iowa's serving was improved, though, as Reghan Coyle had two aces and Orr added one, along with 37 assists and 11 digs. Hoye stuffed the stat sheet again with 11 digs, seven kills and three blocks.
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- Iowa baseball announced its fall schedule. It hosts three games, has a scout day and will also play the Black and Gold World Series again. The fall season opens on Sept. 20 when Southeastern Community College comes to Iowa City.
- Iowa women's tennis schedule is now out, too. The Hawkeyes play at the ITA Central Regionals from Oct. 12-16 to kick off their season.
- The conference named Alex Moorman, Alex Schaake, and Matthew Walker as Iowa golf's three preseason honorees on the men's side. Iowa opens its season at the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minn., on Sunday.
- Shawn Rennegarbe and Kristin Glesne, and Rachel Fujitani were given the same honor on the women's side. Iowa women's golf starts its season at the Branch Law Firm Invitational in Albuqurque, NM, on Monday.