Iowa Downs Indiana, 5-1
Oct. 11, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 18th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team defeated Indiana, 5-1, on Friday afternoon at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes improve their record to 7-5 overall after earning their first conference win of the season (1-2).
"This win definitely provides momentum for us," said head coach Tracey Griesbaum.
The Hawkeyes did not waste time as junior Dani Hemeon opened up the scoring at the 5:50 mark. Hemeon buried the shot from the top of the circle, scoring off a corner feed from seniors Niki Schultheis and Kelsey Mitchell.
Indiana fought back and evened the score as Mariella Grote scored a goal while sliding to the ground at the 21:24 mark. The game did not stay tied for long as roughly 10 minutes later sophomore Natalie Cafone scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season to put the Hawkeyes back on top.
Iowa controlled the majority of the first half out-shooting Indiana, 10-2. The Hawkeyes also held a 6-0 advantage in corners after the opening period.
It was all Iowa in the second half as Hemeon scored her second and third goals of the game for her first hat trick of the season. It also marked Iowa's first hat trick since Cafone accomplished the feat on Sept. 22 at Kent State. Hemeon scored unassisted at the 45 minute mark, and then blasted home her third goal of the afternoon from the top of the circle at the 67:23 minute mark.
"Dani is really a good energy player," said Griesbaum. "She provides a spark for our team, and to score a hat trick in a Big Ten game, that's big time."
Mitchell put the game out of reach, scoring at the 69:29 mark to make the final score, 5-1.
"We're definitely excited to come away with the win," said Hemeon. "It was a good team effort."
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday when they host Pacific at Grant Field at 1 p.m. (CT).