IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa women’s soccer team lost, 2-0, to No. 24 Notre Dame (2-0-2) Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes’ first loss of the season brings their record to 2-1-0.
Iowa held off the Fighting Irish until the 11th minute when Sabrina Flores kicked in the first goal off an assist from Sandra Yu. Within the next minute of play, Notre Dame received a penalty kick that gave the Irish their second goal of the game.
The home team came out strong in the second half, taking six shots compared to the three taken in the first half of action.
KEY HAWKEYE PERFORMER
Despite the loss, sophomore goal keeper Claire Graves stopped a season-best six shots on Sunday.
STAT OF THE GAME
Iowa saw four student-athletes complete full games Sunday: Morgan Kemerling, Rachele Armand, Corey Burns, and Graves.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE DIIANNI
"We should have been more aggressive in the first half, some of the fouls went against us. I liked our mentality half way through the first half and in the second half as well. We didn't have the competitive mentality in the beginning and unfortunately when you give up two goals it just isn't a recipe for success when you play a Top 25 team. I like how we competed after that though; I wish we would have competed a little earlier.
“Our subs were effective in the first half. Our goal was to be able to compete at a level that would allow us to win a game like this. We created some chances in the second half and to not give up a third goal. I was happy with that."
The Hawkeyes host Southern Utah on Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Admission is free.
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