The Iowa gymnastics season won't start for a few months yet, but they had the highlight of the week last week:
I could watch these scholarship videos all day. These kids have poured their heart and soul into their craft for years and watching the relief and joy on the faces of the athletes as their hard work pays off will never be anything less than awesome. Congrats to all three athletes on their accomplishments.
It was an eventful week on the field for the in-season sports too. Let's jump in.
- Iowa Field Hockey continued their undefeated season last week, notching two more shutout wins, 3-0 over Indiana, and 2-0 over #5 Louisville on the road.
- Against Indiana, the Hawks controlled the game on both ends, shutting the Hoosiers out and outshooting them 14-4. The Hawks scored twice in the second quarter before adding an exclamation in the 4th.
- The trip to Louisville was a marquee matchup for the Hawkeyes, but one they no doubt expected to win. This is a team that expects to win every time out and they showed it with their suffocating defensive effort against the Cardinals. The Hawks again scored twice in the second quarter, endured a 2-hour rain delay, and then came out and finished off the win.
- The Hawks now have two Top Five wins, are 8-0 on the year, and haven't given up a goal in six straight games. This defense is legit and the Big Ten recognized as much, awarding Anthe Nijziel Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
- The Hawks will be back in action on the 24th in the first of two straight matches against #6 Penn State
- The Hawkeye soccer team kicked off conference play this week, earning a 2-1 win against Northwestern.
- The Hawks fell behind after a 62nd-minute score from the Wildcats. The Hawks responded quickly with Courtney Powell finding the equalizer just three minutes later.
GOAL #1! pic.twitter.com/5mUpErIu8v— Hawkeye Soccer (@HawkeyeSoccer) September 19, 2021
- Only a minute after the equalizer, Maggie Johnston scored the go-ahead goal. The Hawks locked down on defense to see the game out.
GOAL #2! pic.twitter.com/ZgH8sSf3qF— Hawkeye Soccer (@HawkeyeSoccer) September 19, 2021
- Last season's Hawkeyes struggled to score. A second half goal almost certainly spelled doom. Already this season, this Hawkeye soccer team has shown an ability to create goals, but now we're seeing that they're a resilient bunch too. The goal didn't have them wallowing or getting away from their system. Instead, the Hawkeyes responded quickly and confidently, creating two quick opportunities and taking advantage of both. Whether it was last year's postseason experience that is helping them retain their composure or just a mature group of athletes, the response from this game is a great sign for the remainder of the season.
- Iowa will take on Indiana in their next match on the 23rd.
- The women's golf team took part in their first meet last week, traveling to the University of New Mexico. The squad finished 14th, shooting a three-round 897.
- Paula Miranda led the Hawkeyes with a +5 finish, good for 32nd in the tournament.
- The women's team will travel to Madison next, to take part in the Badger Fall Invitational.
- The men's team traveled to Minnesota to play in the Gopher Invitational last week, finishing 13th with a 297 (+13)
- Iowa's top scorer was Ian Meyer, who shot a 219 (+6) to finish tied for 35th.
- The men will be back in action on October 4th, taking part in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic.
- The women's cross country team won the Dirksen-Greeno invite last week. Four Hawkeyes finished in the top 10, Kelli Tosic in 6th, Emma Gordon in 7th, Brook Mckee in 8th, and Lauren McMahon in 10th.
- The men's team finished 3rd in their race, led by Nick Trattner in 6th and Noah Healy in 8th. Both finished in under 25 minutes.
- Both teams are now ranked in the Top 10 in the Midwest region.
- Both Hawkeye teams will compete next at the Gans Creek invite at the University of Missouri on October 1st.
- The Hawkeye volleyball team went 1-2 at the Mile High Invitational over the weekend, winning against Incarnate Word 3-0, before falling to Air Force (2-3) and Denver (0-3).
- The first game of the weekend was another strong showing from the Hawks, who handled Incarnate Word comfortably in all three sets. It was a nice showing, building upon the win against the Cyclones last week.
- Unfortunately, they came up just short against Air Force. The Hawks won the first set, before falling 28-26 in a hard-fought second set. The Hawks dropped the third set as well, but fought back to win the fourth set and force a final set, where they came up short. The resiliency was impressive, but four fifth set errors doomed the Hawks. Still, seeing the team fight back after losing their 1-0 lead is a good sign.
- The lastmatch of the weekend was close in each set, but Denver was able to win all three sets. Hannah Clayton led the Hawkeyes with 8 kills and Amiya Jones notched 6 blocks, but the Hawkeyes couldn't get over the hump.
- Iowa will welcome Illinois to town this Wednesday, before traveling to Lincoln to take on #12 Nebraska on the 25th.