Big Ten Championship season got started this weekend and Iowa was a part of three — soccer, field hockey and cross country.
Soccer took top-seeded Ohio State to double overtime in a 2-1 loss in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Neither team scored in the first period and Hawkeye keeper Claire Graves had seven saves in 102 minutes.
The Buckeyes got on the board first, with a header from eight-yards out in the 59th minute from Eleanor Gabriel. Iowa equalized 13 minutes later as junior Morgan Kemerling got her first goal of the season off an assist from Diane Senkowski.
That would be it from the Hawkeye offense which had eight shots to Ohio State’s 18. The Buckeyes ended things in the second overtime with a goal from Sarah Roberts.
Iowa ends the season 9-8-2.
"Even though today's game didn't go our way, I couldn't be more proud of this team and the growth it made this season,” Iowa head coach Dave DiIanni said to HawkeyeSports. “Today's game was a great example of how competitive the Big Ten Conference can be each game and the parity that exists amongst the schools. Ohio State is a good team that is having a great season, and we played even with them for 102 minutes tonight.”
Field Hockey falls to Nittany Lions in quarterfinals
Iowa played just one game in the Big Ten Tournament after receiving a first-round bye and fell 5-1 to Penn State and finish 7-11 on the season.
The Hawkeyes likely will not make the 20-team NCAA tournament field.
Iowa trailed just 1-0 at halftime, but could do little in the second half and gave up four goals to Penn State. Katie Birch had the Hawkeyes’ lone score.
Cross Country finishes 10th and 11th at Big Ten Championship
Nathan Mylenek and Andrea Shine finished 28th and 29th in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, to lead Iowa.
The men finished 10th overall while the women finished 11th.
From Iowa head coach Randy Hasenbank to HawkeyeSports:
"The men were far more competitive today than a year ago. I do wish the improvement in the program was reflected better in the team results, but the Big Ten is not going to wait for us and we need to continue to close the gap. Nate was in the top four at the 3K, and may have made of an aggressive mistake, but he tried to win the race and he was fearless. I'll take the aggressive over the passive. The overall improvement shows a better prepared and spirited group, and we need to bring that again in two weeks. I want them to see that effort reflected on the scoreboard.
Like the men's squad, the women showed a more competitive spirit today when compared to a year ago. Andie led us again and I know there is more in the tank. Madison, like Andie, showed significant improvement over last year, and Lauren is beginning to return to form after missing the entire summer of training. Overall I think we could have operated with a little more confidence. Moving forward that needs to happen. We will now turn our focus to the NCAA Midwest Regional.”
Iowa swimmers split meet with ranked Minnesota
The Hawkeye men knocked off No. 21 Minnesota 162-138 while the women swimmers and divers fell to the No. 17 Gophers 190-109.
It’s still early in the season, but certainly not a terrible look for the Hawkeyes.
On the men’s side Kenneth Mende and Jerzy Twarowski both won three events. Hannah Burvill finished in second in four events.
"It was a great effort on all parts, both swimming and diving. We saw some outstanding performances. Fortunately, we were able to get the win on the men's side, which was great to beat a quality opponent like Minnesota,” Iowa head coach Marc Long said to HawkeyeSports. “We are going to be facing another high quality opponent next Friday. It is a matter of being ready and prepared. These meets are important and we are happy with the effort. We know that it is still a long road."