Iowa Falls 2-1 at Michigan State – University of Iowa Athletics


IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa football team were beaten 2-1 by Michigan State on Sunday at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

A strike from junior Samantha Cary in the 14th minute gave the Hawkeyes an early lead. Cary threw the scoring cross-field on an assist from sophomore Maggie Johnston. From there, the Iowa defense weathered a 14-shootout from Michigan State in the first half to make their way to the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

Michigan State scored their first of two second-half goals when Ava Cook stole the ball from goaltender Monica Wilhelm in the 71st minute and ran to the net for the equal score. The Spartans found the goal a second time 10 minutes later when Jordyn Wickes rebounded from a Wilhelm save and scored the game winner with nine minutes remaining.

“We’ve had fantastic growth in so many areas and I’m so proud of these ladies for that. However, it is imperative that we learn to limit the kind of mistakes that cost us precious points and reward the team for their effort and commitment every day. This is the deepest Big Ten conference we have ever had, so there is very little room for error between winning and losing. Both teams had great chances throughout the 90-minute game. Unfortunately, the state of Michigan has capitalized on one more than us. “


  • Cary brings his season tally to two goals and five points this year.
  • Wilhelm’s eight saves mark a season high for the junior redshirt, just one of nine saves, his career high; Iowa recorded a total of 10 stops in the afternoon.
  • The Hawkeyes took 19 shots, including six on goal; the Spartans fired 25 shots including 12 on goal.
  • 90 PLOTTER: Sarah Wheaton (12), Rielee Fetty (nine), Samantha Cary (eight) and Hailey Rydberg played the entire game on Sunday. Eleven Hawkeye positioners in total have logged at least 90 minutes in a game so far this season. They include Addie Bundy (four), Riley Whitaker (two), Olivia Hellweg (two), Miah Schueller, Aleisha Ganief, Courtney Powell and Kenzie Roling.

Iowa will travel to Piscataway, New Jersey on October 10 to face Rutgers at Yurcak Field.

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