DURHAM, N.C. - The fourth-ranked Duke field hockey team dropped a 2-0 decision to 10th-ranked Iowa on Sunday afternoon at Williams Field, as the Blue Devils fall even on the season at 2-2.
The Hawkeyes improve to 2-1, with their lone loss coming at the hands of third-ranked North Carolina. Both of Iowa’s wins have been over top-five teams, as the Hawkeyes opened the season with a 3-0 win over No. 2 Wake Forest on Aug. 25.
Iowa connected on its third shot of the game at the 19-minute mark to make the score 1-0, as Lindsey Duffy scored on a breakaway opportunity. The Hawkeyes held the advantage through the first half, as goalie Lissa Munley recorded six saves in the initial stanza to keep the Blue Devils scoreless. Duke out-shot Iowa in the first half, 9-6.
The second half presented scoring opportunities for both squads, but neither team was able to find the net until Lauren Pfeiffer netted a goal off a penalty corner at the 54-minute mark to increase the Hawkeyes’ lead to 2-0.
The final 21 minutes of the contest saw tough defense on both ends, as Iowa held its lead to come out with a 2-0 win.
Duke senior goalkeeper Caitlin Williams had a stellar day in goal, making six saves to hold a high-scoring Iowa team to two goals, a total that matches the Hawkeyes’ previous lowest-scoring output this season. Iowa’s Munley notched seven stops on the day.
The Blue Devils out-shot the Hawkeyes, 16-12, and out-cornered Iowa, 12-8.
“We out-shot and out-cornered Iowa, which I think is a top-four team,” said Duke head coach Beth Bozman. “ We need to find a way to win those games. We’re a really young team and we’ve known that all along, and we just need to keep moving forward.”
Duke continues to face nationally ranked teams next weekend, as the Blue Devils are set to square off against No. 2 Wake Forest on Sept. 8 in the 100th game to be played at Williams Field. On Sept. 9, Duke will face Radford, with both games set to begin at 1 p.m.
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