Iowa field hockey notebook | Offensive woes hurting Hawkeyes on the road

The Hawkeyes are actually 10-5 total and 3-4 in the Big Ten.


Jerod Ringwald

Iowa defender Anthe Nijziel passes the ball all the way through a field hockey fit between No. 6 Iowa and No. 22 Massachusetts at Grant Field in Iowa City on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Nijziel recorded one objective in the sport. The Hawkeyes defeated the Minutewomen, 2-0.

No. 8 Iowa field hockey has struggled all through the first 4 video games of its five-game road commute. 

After profitable their most up-to-date house sport in opposition to then-No. 21 Rutgers on Oct. 2, the Hawkeyes have long past 1-3.

All 3 of Iowa’s losses over that span have come to Big Ten fighters — No. 4 Penn State, No. 20 Ohio State, and No. 7 Michigan. The Hawkeyes’ sole win all the way through that extend used to be a 2-1 victory over No. 17 James Madison on Oct. 9.

The Hawkeyes have mustered only one objective mixed of their 3 most up-to-date defeats — a rating via Anthe Nijziel in the Nittany Lions’ 2-1 time beyond regulation victory on Oct. 7. 

The Buckeyes and Wolverines held the Hawkeyes scoreless this previous weekend, securing an identical 2-0 victories on Oct. 14 and 16, respectively. 

The losses to Ohio State and Michigan marked Iowa’s first time shedding back-to-back video games this season, and the program’s first time being close out in consecutive video games since Northwestern and Michigan held Iowa scoreless in April 2021.

The Michigan protection stymied Iowa’s assault, permitting the Hawkeyes simply 3 pictures in the whole contest. Michigan held important benefits in each pictures and penalty corners, taking 21 pictures and incomes 10 penalty corners to the Hawkeyes’ 3.

This Sunday, the Hawkeyes will take on Michigan at Northwestern for the 5th and ultimate sport in their road commute.

While offense struggles, protection stays robust

Although the Hawkeyes have struggled offensively in fresh video games, they nonetheless deal with a 37-16 objective margin via the first 15 video games of the season.

The Hawkeyes have outshot their fighters, 175-125.

Iowa has fallen to No. 21 in the nation in objective reasonable with 2.47 scored in line with sport, however the protection has allowed simply 16 ratings on the 12 months – 8th easiest in the nation.

As the Hawkeyes push to unravel their offensive woes in the ultimate two weeks of the common season, the ‘Great Wall of Iowa’, starring fifth-year seniors Lokke Stribos, Grace McGuire, and Anthe Nijziel, will want to stand tall. 

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Iowa under .500 in Big Ten play

Heading into the road commute, Iowa’s lone Big Ten loss used to be at the fingers of then-No. 4 Maryland in a top-five matchup at Grant Field on Sept. 30. The Hawkeyes misplaced, 2-1, in an time beyond regulation mystery.

Now, the Hawkeyes have fallen to 3-4 in Big Ten play. Iowa sits 5th in the convention with one loss to every of the peak 3 groups in Maryland, Penn State, and Michigan.

Hawkeyes to go back house for Senior Day

After this weekend’s Oct. 23 date with the Wolverines, the Hawkeyes will go back house for the first time in just about a month. Iowa takes on 7-7 Michigan State at Grant Field on Oct. 28 for Senior Day.

The Spartans stand lifeless closing in the Big Ten standings with a 1-6 convention document as of Oct. 19. 

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