This is the best time of year for sports fans right? The start of the NFL and the fall college sports slate, the end of the MLB season, all while the preseason storylines for the winter sports start to trickle in. It's the perfect combination of hope, results, and achievement.
Iowa's fall sports are certainly holding up their end of the bargain to start the year. No doubt you've heard about the football team, but Iowa field hockey is up to #2 in the country and is doing exactly what it needs to during the out of conference slate, Iowa soccer is proving that last year was more than a fluke, and Iowa volleyball shook off some early struggles to sweep Iowa State.
Let's dive in.
- #2 Iowa followed up a huge week last week, with two blowout wins over Ohio and Saint Louis, 8-0 and 10-0. Iowa has notched four straight shutouts and is 6-0 for the first time in 20 years.
- This is a team that wants to beat you and beat you by a lot. They're going to put up some lopsided scores against lesser competition and they're going to expect to win every single match. It's a great sport to watch, even for newcomers, and there's no better time to jump in. This season has a chance to be special.
- Conference play will kick off next week for the Hawkeyes when they take on Indiana. A trip to Louisville is also on the docket.
- Iowa soccer took advantage of a lighter week last week, racking up 2-0 wins against Missouri-Kansas City and Southeast Missouri State.
- Iowa took an early lead against Kansas City and stayed on the front foot before finding the insurance goal in the 81st minute. Monica Wilhelm saved four shots and Iowa out-shot the 'Roos 29-10.
- The game against SeMo started slowly for the Hawkeyes. They dominated the shot count 9-1 in the first, but were unable to find the net. Whatever adjustments were needed at halftime were clearly made and Iowa scored early in the second half, before again finding a late insurance goal.
And thats a wrap on non-conference play!— Hawkeye Soccer (@HawkeyeSoccer) September 12, 2021
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- Iowa closes their non-conference schedule 6-1-1 and will now turn their attention to the Big Ten, starting with Northwestern (4-3) on the 19th.
- Iowa volleyball hosted the Cy-Hawk series tournament last weekend, going 1-2. The Hawks dropped matches to Syracuse (1-3) and Ball State (2-3) but swept the Cyclones 3-0 in their final match of the weekend.
- The Cy-Hawk battle was a tense affair with Iowa winning each set by six points or fewer. It was the definition of a throw-out-the-record-books match, with the Cyclones coming in 5-2 compared to the Hawkeyes' 0-6 mark. Courtney Buzzerio continues to be a team leader and notched 15 kills in the match.
- It's been a tough start for the Hawks, but seeing the team show up for the rivalry match was both satisfying and encouraging. While the team continues to show flashes in most of the losses, Saturday's victory over Iowa State is the first time they'd played at a high level consistently. Hopefully, ending the weekend with their best match of the season will be the start of a turnaround.
- Iowa heads to Colorado this weekend for the Mile High Invitational, where they'll take on Incarnate Word, Air Force, and Denver.
- The men's golf team teed off to start their season last week, competing in the Marquette Invitational. the squad finished 9th with an 8-under 856.
- Gonzalo Leal Montero and Ronan Kleu were the top finishers for the Hawks, finishing tied for 6th (-8)
- Iowa scored four eagles in the tournament, tied for best of any team.
- The Hawks are playing in the Gopher Invitational this week before traveling to Notre Dame at the start of October.