No. 18 Iowa Routs Pacific, 7-2
Oct. 13, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 18th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team utilized a five-goal first half on its way to a 7-2 victory over Pacific on Sunday afternoon at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes have won three-straight, outscoring their opponents 19-4 during the streak.
The Hawkeyes (8-5, 1-2) had an explosive first half on offense, netting five goals in the opening period. Freshman Stephanie Norlander got things started for the Hawkeyes, scoring at the 2:28 mark off a feed from sophomore Natalie Cafone. A minute later, it was Cafone taking the ball coast-to-coast, scoring the second goal for the home team.
"Natalie showed off her speed today," said UI head coach Tracey Griesbaum. "I thought she played really well."
Junior Dani Hemeon scored the third goal of the day for the Hawkeyes off a deflection in front of the net. Senior Aubrey Coleman added to Iowa's lead at the 19:50 mark of the first half, scoring an unassisted goal. Cafone finished off the scoring in the opening period for the Hawkeyes, netting her second goal of the day to put Iowa on top, 5-0.
Following the intermission, Emily Tregoning opened the scoring for Pacific, but Iowa responded with back-to-back goals as senior Kelsey Mitchell scored off a feed from Cafone at the 43:16 mark. Senior Marike Stribos then scored on a penalty stroke to put Iowa on top, 7-1.
"It was good to see the variety of ways we scored today," said Griesbaum. "It's really an attribute to our depth."
Kyleigh Morrison of Pacific scored the final goal of the day for the Tigers to make the final score, 7-2.
"Moving forward we need to stay grounded," said Griesbaum. "We need to take things one step at a time, and do our preparation, and the results will happen."
Iowa returns to action Oct. 18 at Ohio State. Game time is set for 2 p.m. (CT).