13th-Ranked Field Hockey Blanks Wake Forest, 2-0
Sep 7, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 13th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team (3-0) blanked No. 18 Wake Forest, 2-0, on Saturday at Grant Field in the opening match of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
"Definitely a great win for us," said head coach Tracey Griesbaum. "I think this win made a statement for us within our team. The manner in which we played and conducted ourselves was really awesome."
The Hawkeyes and Demon Deacons (1-1) went back-and-forth to open the match, but both defenses held strong, leading to a scoreless opening period. Iowa tallied six shots in the opening half, while Wake Forest posted one.
In the second half, Iowa struck first 47 minutes into regulation. The Hawkeyes were awarded a penalty stroke, and senior Karli Johansen converted giving the home team a 1-0 advantage.
Iowa extended its lead to 2-0 with seven minutes left in the match, as sophomore Natalie Cafone scored on a breakaway.
The Hawkeye defense held strong in the remaining minutes to secure the victory and push Iowa's record to 3-0. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce played the entire match, recording her second shutout of the season.
The Hawkeyes, who out-shot Wake Forest 17-3, continue action in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Grant Field on Sunday, hosting top-ranked North Carolina at 11:30 a.m. (CT). The match can be seen live on the Big Ten Digital Network