Field Hockey (7-1, 1-0, No. 13)
Iowa field hockey moved up three spots to No. 13 in the NFHCA Coaches Poll this week thanks to a pair of wins at home. The Hawkeyes took down Penn 3-0 on Friday, followed by a 3-0 win to start conference play on Sunday against Indiana.
Iowa field hockey also walked away with a couple of conference awards this week as Katie Birch was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Anthe Nijziel received Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors. Birch has five goals and six assists this season, while Nijziel has scored three goals during her freshman campaign.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) September 18, 2018
Iowa netted all three of its goals against Penn in the second half, with Anthe Nijziel getting on the board first at the 57:51 mark. Katie Birch scored seven minutes later, then Maddy Murphy added another five minutes later. Leslie Speight earned the clean sheet in the win as she made three saves. As a team, Iowa had 18 shots, including nine on goal.
.@iowafieldhockey continues to shutout opponents.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) September 18, 2018
Mya Christopher scored a first-half goal for the Hawkeyes in their win over Indiana. Nijziel and Murphy both added their second goal of the week in the second half, while Speight earned her fourth straight clean sheet. Iowa's defense smothered the Hoosiers, holding Indiana shotless. Offensively, Iowa recorded 21 shots and 10 on goal.
Upcoming: @No. 11 Northwestern (FRI), Cal (SAT in Evanston, Illinois)
Iowa cross country had a successful day at the Woody Greeno Invite on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, with the men taking second and the women placing third.
Daniel Soto's third-place finish led the men as he crossed the line in 24:45.5. Nathan Mylenek (25:08.6) notched Iowa's other top-10 finish as he came in sixth, while Brandon Cooley (25:33.3) took 12th.
On the women's side, Andrea Shine edged Michigan's Hannah Meier by 1.4 seconds to take the individual title in 21:15.1. Megan Schott (22:03.1) finished in 16th and Anna Hostetler (22:10.5) came in 21st.
Upcoming: Notre Dame Invite (Sept. 28)
The Hawkeyes took second at the 16-team Golfweek Conference Challenge on Sept. 16-17 in Cedar Rapids. The final round was canceled on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes shot a 565 to put it 11-under-par, though they still were 12 shots behind Arkansas State.
Alex Schaake paved the way for Iowa, shooting a 139 to put him five-under-par. He also shot an impressive 67 on the second day. Gonzalo Leal (140), who shot a 67 on the first day, and Matthew Walker (142) came in fifth and 13th, respectively, as the only other Hawkeyes to finish below par. Alex Moorman finished at par over the two-day competition.
Upcoming: Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills (Sept. 30 - Oct. 2)
South Dakota State edged Iowa women's golf by six strokes, putting the Hawkeyes in last of the 17-team Mercedes Benz Women's Collegiate Championship on Monday and Tuesday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Shawn Rennegarbe's three-day score of 232 put her in 62nd as Iowa's top golfer. Kristin Glesne and Dana Lerner both carded a 236 to tie for 75th.
Upcoming: Diane Thompson Invitational (Sept. 29-30)
Soccer (4-4-1, 0-2)
Iowa soccer dropped a pair of conference games last week. They fell 4-0 at Maryland on Friday, then lost 2-1 in double overtime at Rutgers on Sunday.
Neither team scored in the first half of Friday's match until Maryland's Jarena Harmon netted the game's first goal in the 51st minute. Despite being shutout, Iowa had two more shots on goal than the Terrapins (7-5).
Iowa's Kaleigh Haus put the Hawkeyes out in front during the 15th minute against Rutgers. However, Nneka Moneme tied the game in the 74th minute for Rutgers, while Amirah Ali scored the game-winner for the Scarlet Knights in the 110th minute. Rutgers dominated the stat sheet, finishing with 16 shots (seven on goal) compared to Iowa's six shots (four on goal). The Scarlet Knights also had five more corner kicks and four fewer fouls.
Upcoming: Purdue (THU), Indiana (SUN)
Iowa volleyball swept a trio of matches last week in Ames, starting with a 3-1 win over Iowa State on Friday. The Hawkeyes proceeded to beat Wyoming (3-1) and Syracuse (3-2) on Saturday.
Iowa took down Iowa State 25-21, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-20. In the first set, the Hawkeyes erased a 15-12 deficit and ended the set on a 9-4 run after tying things at 16-16. The Cyclones never had a lead in the second or fourth set, including Iowa jumping out to a quick fourth-set lead, 6-1. Cali Hoye served two aces and accounted for 15 kills and 11 digs. Molly Kelly also served two aces and led the team with 22 digs, while Brie Orr had a team-high 39 assists.
The #Hawkeyes left Ames this weekend 3-0 and were the Cyclone Classic Champions! Congrats to our 3 All-Tournament honorees, Taylor Louis (MVP), Cali Hoye, and Molly Kelly!
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— Iowa Volleyball (@IowaVolleyball) September 17, 2018
Set scores against Wyoming were 25-22, 16-25, 25-19 and 25-22. Orr racked up 49 assists in the win, while Hoye accounted for 19 kills and 14 digs. Kelly's 23 digs led Iowa and Reghan Coyle served a team-best two aces. Amiya Jones had five blocks, with Orr and Sarah Wing chipping in with three blocks each.
Iowa took down Syracuse in a back-and-forth five-setter 18-25, 25-15, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-10. Like much of the match, neither team could gain control of the fifth set early. Then, with the Orange up 5-4, Iowa won three straight points and never let them have the lead again. Iowa's lead grew to as many as five points (13-8 and 15-10). Hoye (24) and Taylor Louis (21) both had more than 20 kills, while Louis also served Iowa's only two aces. Orr finished with 54 assists and 11 digs, and Kelly added 21 digs.
— Iowa Volleyball (@IowaVolleyball) September 18, 2018
Upcoming: Michigan State (FRI), Michigan (SUN)
Iowa softball ushered in the Renee Gillispie era on Friday with a 10-6 win over Kirkwood Community College to kick off its fall season. Allison Doocy struck out eight, while Mallory Kilian drove in two runs on four hits.
Upcoming: Des Moines Area CC (FRI)