How long does it take for a team to go from fun story to legitimate threat? Not saying that the Iowa women's soccer team is there quite yet, but after securing their fifth straight win Tuesday, it's about time to start having the conversation. The team is technically still under .500 (7-8-1 now), but they took down the B1G's top 3 seeds and now have an NCAA Tournament win to their name. If they manage to get past #3 UCLA on Friday, I think they'll be well past harmless feel-good story. This Cinderella story is looking like it's got legs.
- Like we mentioned at the top, Iowa bested Campbell 1-0 Tuesday, earning their first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
- The lone goal in the game came off an Iowa corner in the fourth minute of the game. The ball sailed over the crowd in the middle of the box and landed at Sara Wheaton's feet. She took one dribble, then sent a shot on net. The ball deflected off a helpless Campbell Camel into the goal, giving Iowa a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Didn't take long for @HawkeyeSoccer to get on the board this afternoon!— Grant Becker (@GBeckTV) April 27, 2021
Samantha Cary corner leads to a Sara Wheaton shot and it deflects in for the opener less than four minutes in. #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/MP4hsMNZ9U
- The rest of the game was, for the most part, uneventful. Iowa's defense was sound, as it has been all season, and while each team had a few chances, Iowa looked calm, cool, and collected holding on to the lead and securing their fourth straight shoutout. The game epitomized Iowa's style throughout the season: play strong defense, and then take advantage of prime opportunities to score.
- This team is unlikely to blow anybody out. They don't play a style that will put up crooked numbers on the scoreboard. It means that no matter the competition, the game is likely to be close. It can make for some nervous minutes against inferior competition (and I feel comfortable calling teams inferior based on the form these Hawks have been in), but it keeps them in games against the best teams in the country as well.
- Iowa will face another huge challenge Friday when they take on #3 UCLA at 2:00 PM Central. The game will be aired on ESPN3.
Track and Field
- The Iowa Track and Field team competed in the Big Ten Relays in Champaign last week, as well as the Drake Relays in Des Moines.
There were standout performances in both meets for the Hawks including:
- Wayne Lawrence Jr. winning gold in both the 400 and 200-meter races at Illinois. His 200 time was a career-best 20.71 and 10th-best in school history.
- Jamal Britt placing 3rd in the 110m hurdles with a personal best 13.45, which is 2nd-best in school history.
- Dallysia Huggins placing 2nd in the women's high jump in Champaign, jumping 1.70 meters.
- Jenny Kimboro finishing 2nd in the 100-meter hurdles.
: The 110 Hurdles Squad in the Nation. #Hawkeyes with eight #EventSquad in the— Iowa Track & Field/Cross Country (@IowaXC_TF) April 26, 2021
Week 5 @USTFCCCA
1 M 110H
1 W Discus
2 W Shot Put
4 M 400H
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6 W 400H
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9 W Hammer#FightForIowa pic.twitter.com/2UPlIB2UJM
- Iowa Field Hockey won their first game of the Big Ten tournament last week, toppling Maryland 3-0, before falling to #2 Michigan 2-0 in the semi-finals.
- Iowa came out strong to start the tournament and looked every bit like the dominant team that was ranked #2 for much of the season. They scored two goals very early in the match and put home a third before halftime. The 2nd half was a formality, but the result was never in doubt.
- The game against Michigan was tougher sledding. It was a back and forth affair in the first quarter, but Michigan took the lead just before the half and scored the insurance goal early in the third quarter. Iowa put multiple shots on net in the fourth, but was unable to make a comeback.
- Even with the disappointing loss, the Hawks still earned two spots on the All-Tournament team. Esme Gibson and Lokke Stribos both were honored with All-Tournament awards.
- The Hawkeyes' strong performance throughout the year earned them the #4 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament and a first-round bye. Iowa will face the winner of Northwestern and Delaware on Sunday, May 2nd.
- Iowa lost to Northwestern twice to close out the regular season and will no doubt be hoping for a chance at redemption. The Hawks have been great all year, but have struggled to beat the other top teams. Here's hoping they can put it all together when it matters most in the NCAA Tournament.
- Bet you thought I forgot about Hellerball didn't you? (Ed. Note: We didn't forget about them, but our coverage has been lacking so far this season. Apologies! -- Ross)
- Iowa won three of four games last weekend, to improve their record to 18-11 on the year. Iowa split two games against Maryland before taking two straight from Northwestern.
- The Hawks got off to a slow start, but have been playing their best ball of the season of late. Iowa opened their series against Maryland with six runs in the final innings to earn a 6-2 comeback win.
- Iowa tried to play the comeback game again in the next game, but a four-run seventh inning by the Terps closed the door on that chance. Still, another six-run output in the final four innings showed this team never quits.
- In the first game against Northwestern, Iowa left nothing to late-inning heroics. Instead, the Hawks put up 15 runs, scoring in seven different innings as part of a dominant 15-4 win. Zeb Adreon went 4-4 with 4 RBIs on the day. Adreon's performance throughout the weekend earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
- Iowa capped off their exciting week with a walk-off 12-9 win. Iowa gave up the lead in the top of the 9th, but fought back to tie it before Brett McCleary stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter and launched a bomb off the foul pole to win. The games against Maryland showed that this team is going to compete until the last out and McCleary's walk-off winner was yet another example.
- The Iowa softball team dropped three of four games over the weekend against the Minnesota Gophers.
- The tough weekend continues a rough stretch for the team, although they continue to show hints of greatness.
- After being shutout 3-0 in the opening game against the #24 Gophers, Iowa bounced back for a 3-1 win the next day. Lauren Shaw pitched a complete game and Denali Loecker went 3-6 with five RBIs. Loecker would earn Freshman of the Week honors for her performance over the weekend.
- Iowa put up four more runs in the second game of the doubleheader, but fell to Minnesota 5-4. Iowa scored in the first, but lost the lead in the middle innings and were unable to rally all the way back in the seventh.
- Iowa fell behind early in the series finale, giving up five runs in the first three innings, a hole that proved too large to escape. The day wasn't all bad though, as freshman Grace Banes hit her first career home run.
- The men's golf team finished 4th at the Kepler Intercollegiate last week, shooting an 870 (+6) on the weekend.
- Alex Schaake led the way for the Hawks, placing 2nd with a -1 212. Schaake scored 11 birdies in the tournament and paced the Hawkeyes for the third straight tournament.
- Next up for the team is the Big Ten Championships, which start April 30th in Carmel, Indiana.
- The women's team finished their season by competing in the Big Ten Championships last week, finishing 10th.
- Freshman Klara Windhaber and Sophomore Morgan Goldstein were the highest finishers for the Hawks. Each shot a 222 (+6) for the tournament and finished tied for 24th.