IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa soccer team scored four first half goals en route to a 6-1 rout of Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes move to 2-0 on the season.
Six different Hawkeyes -- senior Hannah Drkulec, senior Natalie Winters, sophomore Skylar Alward, freshman Gianna Gourley, senior Devin Burns, and sophomore Samantha Tawharu – found the back of the net in the game.
Drkulec scored her first goal of the season to give Iowa a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute on Iowa’s first corner kick of the game. Winters and Haus were credited with the assists.
Seven minutes later, Winters capitalized on a Panther hand ball, scoring her second goal of the season on her second penalty kick in as many games.
In the 30thminute, UNI’s Jordyn Rolli scored the first goal against the Hawkeyes this season to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Iowa responded just 32 seconds later to make the score 3-1. Following an assist from freshman Melina Hegelheimer, Alward connected for her first career strike.
Iowa stretched its lead to 4-1 on a Gourley strike in the 40th minute on an assist from Tawharu. Iowa out-shot the Panthers, 13-1, in the first half and had eight corner kicks to UNI’s zero.
In the second half, Iowa continued its scoring barrage on an unassisted strike from Burns in the 58th minute before Tawharu joined the scoring party with the team’s final goal in the 75th minute. Freshman Samantha Cary and senior Emma Tokuyama were credited with assists.
"We were sharp in the areas we wanted to play and attack UNI. It was exciting to see. We had Gianna get her first goal, Sam T. get her first goal. The team was uplifted by that. It was a good win, we got a lot of people playing time, and we created a lot of chances. We scored off a corner, throw in, and penalty kick -- three set pieces -- that's a good way to go."
"Natalie played an awesome ball in and Kaleigh made a great run. They handed it to me on a silver platter, and it was nice to be able to put it away and start off the scoring in the first 10 or so minutes. To be able to score those six goals shows we have the potential to create and make those plays. It was nice to see our training come up in the game."
"It was nice to get that first goal to get my career started. It happened early in the season and hopefully it keeps progressing from there. It was awesome getting the whole team involved today."
·Iowa’s six goals are the most since 2017 when the Hawkeyes scored a school-record eight goals against Southern Utah.
·Alward, Gourley, and Tawharu each scored their first career goals, while Hegelheimer and Cary tallied their first career points.
·Iowa outshot UNI, 27-2, in the contest with the Panthers’ second shot coming in the waning minutes of the game. Iowa also had a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.
·The Hawkeyes move to 14-0 all-time against Northern Iowa. The six goals are tied for the most in the series (6-0 victory in 2010).
The Hawkeyes will host an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup against Iowa State on Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT). Admission is free.