Fall sports are reaching their dog days of summer equivalent. The shine of a new season starts to wear off, the nicks and aches begin to wear you down, and every game is a tough conference match-up. It’s hard to keep up a consistently great level of play during a long season and many Iowa teams felt it this week, which makes it all the more impressive that the Iowa field hockey team remained perfect yet again, scoring two more dominant shutout victories.
Let’s dive in.
- The #1 Iowa Field Hockey team spent last week in Michigan, beating the MSU Spartans 5-0 before squeezing in a non-conference matchup against Central Michigan, where they added another shutout win, this time 4-0.
- Want to understand how dominant Iowa was last week? Against Michigan State, they allowed one shot. One. In the same match, they racked up 29 (!) shots, 16 on goal. Iowa scored early and often, dominating the game in every facet from the opening whistle to the final buzzer.
Gibson is ruthless!
— Iowa Field Hockey (@iowafieldhockey) October 8, 2021
- Not content with their performance earlier in the week, the Hawkeyes held Central Michigan to zero shots on Sunday. Not zero shots on goal, zero shots total. Iowa could have played without a goalie and it wouldn’t have mattered. That’s how good this Iowa defense is. Four different scorers found the back of the net for the Hawks to secure the 4-0 victory.
- Iowa is the best field hockey team in the country. There’s no guarantee they’re going to go undefeated because that’s a huge ask, but this team expects to win every match they play and their defense intends to make life hell for whoever is unlucky enough to have to go up against them (sounds a bit like another Iowa team we’ve been following this fall…).
- The Hawkeyes biggest conference match of the season is coming up this week, when #2 Michigan comes to town on October 15th (2 PM CT). The match will be televised on BTN and you won’t want to miss it.
- Both the men’s and women’s golf teams were in action last week. The men took part in the Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish Classic, finishing 10th, while the women took part in the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate where they finished 9th.
- The men finished with a score of 858 (+18) and were led by juniors Ronan Kleu and Mac McClear, who both finished tied for 8th at -4. McClear actually led the event after the first two rounds after shooting matching 67’s to start the tournament.
Mac McClear is tied atop the leaderboard after two rounds at the !
The Hawkeye junior is six-under par heading into Tuesdays final round
— Iowa Hawkeye Golf (@IowaHawkeyeGolf) October 4, 2021
- The women’s side posted a full tournament score of 880 (+17), highlighted by Paula Miranda’s -4 finish, good enough for second in the tournament. Miranda’s 54-hole score is tied for 2nd best in Iowa team history. She finished her tournament off in style, posting a third-round 68 (-4) on the back of five birdies.
— Iowa Women’s Golf (@IowaWomensGolf) October 10, 2021
- The men’s team will next compete in the Williams Cup on October 24th, while the women’s team will be back in action on October 22nd when they travel to the Bahamas.
- The Iowa soccer team traveled to New Jersey to take on #8 Rutgers on Sunday, battling hard before falling 1-0 on a late Rutgers goal.
- It was a close match throughout. Rutgers consistently pelted the Iowa defense with shots, which the Hawkeyes managed to fend off. Monica Wilhelm recorded 11 saves in the match, keeping the Hawkeyes in the game against the top 10 opponent.
- The match remained deadlocked until the 75th minute when a handball gave Rutgers a PK, which they converted.
- The close loss was a good showing for the Hawkeyes, but it also served as a reminder of where the team needs to grow to compete with the conference’s best. Moral victories don’t earn any points, but the Hawkeyes have a lot to build off of after Sunday’s strong performance.
- Iowa will look to avenge their Sunday loss Thursday against Nebraska, before hosting Illinois for Senior Day on Sunday.
- The Hawkeye tennis team was in action Sunday, competing in both the ITA All-American Tournament and the Wildcat Invite.
- Alexa Noel, fresh off an outstanding freshman season and now ranked #12 in the country, lost in the ITA tournament final. Noel dropped the first set 0-6, but bounced back to even the match with a 6-3 win in the second set. Unfortunately, Noel had to retire due to injury in the final set, finishing second in the tournament.
Add ITA All-American Tournament Finalist to Alexa Noels list of accomplishments
She becomes the first player finalist in program history
— Iowa Women’s Tennis (@iowa_tennis) October 11, 2021
- The other Hawkeyes took part in the Wildcat Invite and racked up four victories in the final day of singles play. Samantha Mannix, Michelle Bacalla, Samantha Gillas, and Vipasha Mehra all notched wins on the day. Mehra and Mannix also won in their doubles match.
- Iowa will have a short break before hosting the ITA regionals on October 21st.
Swim & Dive
- Iowa’s swimming & diving team hosted Minnesota for senior day last week and while they came up short in the final score, the Hawkeyes swept the diving events.
- Senior Samantha Tamborski posted a season-best 324.10 to win the 3-meter springboard and freshman Makayla Hughbanks won her first event with a 274.75 win in the 1-meter springboard. Both scores met NCAA Zone Diving Standards.
- On the swimming side, Aleksandra Olesiak finished second in both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.
- The Hawkeyes are off for two weeks before they compete against Nebraska on October 23rd.
- Iowa volleyball faced the toughest week of their season last week, falling to both #4 Wisconsin and #6 Purdue in straight sets.
- It was a familiar story for the Hawkeye volleyball team against Wisconsin. The Hawks hung around in the first set before Wisconsin put together a few runs to pull away. The Hawks battled back but couldn’t get over the hump. Iowa almost stole the third set from the Badgers before ultimately falling 28-26. Freshman Addie VanderWeide led the team with 11 kills in the match.
— Iowa Volleyball (@IowaVolleyball) October 6, 2021
- Saturday’s match against Purdue wasn’t as close. The Boilermakers pulled ahead early in the first set and never looked back, winning all three sets by at least seven points.
- Iowa will be on the road at Illinois on Wednesday before returning home to face Northwestern (led by my brother, the Wildcat technical coordinator) on Saturday. Here’s hoping the Hawks can secure bragging rights at family dinner for another year.