Who’s still feeling the happiness from that game Saturday? We’ll talk about it some more in the Wednesday Scrambler tomorrow, but I have some happiness and some sadness to share with you.
Speaking of happy and sad at the same time, I’m writing this after Kyle Hendricks’ near no-hitter. What a coincidence!
The Hawks traveled to Ames last Friday and did nothing but take care of business to the tune of a 2-0 win over the Cyclones. The teams each had 10 shots in the first half and seven in the second, but it was ultimately a 66th minute goal from Olivia Fiegel to give the Hawks a victory.
Bri Toelle added another goal nine minutes later for insurance before Dave DiIanni’s crew left for Boulder, CO for a Sunday date with the Buffs, which it lost 2-1. Big Ten play starts Friday as Michigan comes to town, followed Michigan State Sunday.
As always, those games are free and a great time, especially considering there are fireworks following the Friday night game. After a bad showing in league play last season, a good start would be huge for the Hawks.
Well, Iowa won two contests in Ames over the weekend — unfortunately, neither of them were against the Cyclones.
Following an ugly 0-3 loss against Iowa State on Friday evening in the Iowa State Invitational, the Hawks bounced back with a pair over 3-0 wins over Montana and North Dakota State. Conference play sadly doesn’t start until Sept. 23, so Iowa gets Lamar (Beaumont, Texas; Southland Conference. I had to look it up) and South Dakota in the Iowa Invitational this weekend.
Insert joke about non-conference schedule here.
For those keeping score at home, the Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 19-0 during their current four-game winning streak. Standout Makenna Grewe netted her first two goals of the season — one in a 4-0 win over Monmouth and one in a 2-0 win over Kent State.
The first part of the Hawks’ non-conference season finished at 5-1 (there are a few more non-con games sprinkled in) and league play will begin Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. against Penn State. Again, take advantage of it, IC residents. Friday afternoon field hockey games are the most underrated thing at the University of Iowa.
The Hawkeye men’s squad had its best outing of the season with a first-place finish and 44 points. Ben Anderson finished second overall and Michael Melchert finished fourth in the 8,000 meters.
On the women’s side, the Hawks finished second, with Tess Wilberding and Madison Waymire going 2-3 in the 5,000 meters. The Hawks have a lull in their schedule, with the next competition scheduled for Sept. 24 in Minneapolis at the Roy Griak Invite.