College Field Hockey: No.2 Iowa Silences No.5 Louisville, 2-0

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Iowa 2nd field hockey team took their second top 5 win of the season, knocking out Team 5 Louisville, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium. The Hawkeyes started the season 8-0 – their best start since 1999 – with three wins over top 11 opponents.

“Our senior leadership team shined,” said head coach Lisa Cellucci. “This is a defensive battle and requires great discipline to defend the deadly offense that Louisville possesses.”

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The Hawkeyes took the lead in the 19th minute when senior Leah Zellner shot from inside the circle to give Iowa a 1-0 lead. Just before half-time, the lead was doubled when senior Ciara Smith found the back of the cage for her sixth hit. Senior Ellie Holley has been credited with support.

Making it 2-0 at halftime, the weather was delayed two hours and 27 minutes before action resumed. Due to the delay, the Iowa defense pressured Louisville for the rest of the game to close the game and shut down for the sixth time in a row.

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The Hawkeyes return home to host No. 8 Penn State in two games that begin at 6 p.m. Friday (CT).

CELEBRITY

  • This is Iowa’s third win over a national team this season. The Hawkeyes won against No. 1 North Carolina, No. 5 Louisville and No. 11 Wake Forest.
  • This was Iowa’s first win over Louisville since 2008 in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Senior Grace McGuire scored two saves of the day on her way to a 13th career finish.
  • Iowa has not been allowed to score for 395:20 minutes since the second game of the season against North Carolina.
  • This was the first game Iowa did not score at least 3 goals.
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