True freshman Cloe Lacasse and sophomore Leah DeMoss each scored two goals as the Iowa soccer team blasted through Northwestern, 6-1, Sunday on Senior Day.
Before the Big Ten Conference victory, Iowa honored seniors Morgan Showalter, Alyssa Cosnek, Emily Moran, Rachel Blakesley, Sarah Langlas and Gabby Tinner.
“Sometimes on Senior Day there are emotions, but no energy,” Iowa head coach Ron Rainey said. “Today, we had emotions and energy and it allowed us to keep pressing and pressing. We made a couple mistakes because of the pressure; however we did way more things positively. It allowed us to get some great finishes. Today was the best job all year of finishing and doing things differently in the box. We were real composed in the 18 and I hope that carries through in practice and into the game next week at Wisconsin.”
Iowa is now 12-4-2 overall and 4-4-2 in Big Ten play. It is the first time an Iowa soccer team has won 12 games since 1999. The match against Wisconsin will be played in Madison at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Hawks struck first in the match as junior Jade Grimm scored off a rebound in the 36th minute. After a Northwestern goal, the Hawkeyes got back in front following a goal by junior Dana Dalrymple, who scored from 15 yards out. Grimm was credited with the assist on the play.
The 2-1 advantage held firm until halftime. In the second half, Iowa put the game away with four goals in the 19 minutes as the Hawkeyes bested Northwestern easily.
Lacasse scored both of her goals in back-to-back fashion. She made it 3-1 in the 53rd minute and then 4-1 in the 60th minute. Her first goal came from 16 yards out, while the second was put in from in front of the Northwestern goalkeeper. The two goals for Lacasse gives her 12 on the season, which is good for second in Iowa program history for goals in a season.
DeMoss scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season later and those two shots came 10 minutes apart. The first goal was unassisted, while the second strike came off a pass from Gabby Ainsworth.
Rainey said each and every senior on the roster had a role in winning the match Sunday. Showalter and Cosnek both finished with an assist, while Moran had five saves and another win as the Iowa goalkeeper.