Sept. 22, 2013
KENT, Ohio -- The 10th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team defeated Kent State (4-4) on Sunday afternoon at Murphy-Mellis Field, 6-0.
"We definitely went on the attack today, which was nice," said UI head coach Tracey Griesbaum.
The Hawkeyes (5-3) wasted no time as Natalie Cafone scored 1:49 into the game. After out-running her defender, Cafone beat the Kent State goaltender on the back hand to put the visitors on top. Iowa added to its lead as Marike Stribos scored off a rebound at the 11 minute mark.
Kelsey Mitchell added to the visitor's advantage at the start of the second half, scoring back-to-back goals in under two minutes to put the Hawkeyes up by four.
Cafone followed suit by scoring back-to-back goals of her own just over two minutes apart. Cafone's two goals gave her a hat trick and put the Hawkeyes up, 6-0.
"Natalie's performance today was awesome along with Kelsey's," said Griesbaum.
Goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce had five saves on the day to post her third shutout of the season.
"Boyce did an amazing job for us today," said Griesbaum.
Iowa will open Big Ten play on the road at Northwestern on Sept. 27. Game time is set for 2 p.m. (CT) and can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.
|Kent State (4-4)||0||0||0|
|#10 Iowa (5-3)||2||4||6|
|Iowa||Natalie Cafone 1:49/1st|
|Iowa||Marike Stribos 11:00/1st|
|Iowa||Kelsey Mitchell (Natalie Cafone) 43:57/2nd|
|Iowa||Kelsey Mitchell 45:28/2nd|
|Iowa||Natalie Cafone 47:00/2nd|
|Iowa||Natalie Cafone 49:01/2nd|
|Shots||Iowa 12, Kent State 13|
|Penalty Corners||Iowa 2, Kent State 7|
|Saves||Kelsey Boyce (Iowa), 5|