Penn State No.6 drops 1-0 to No.2 Iowa in B1G field hockey clash
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. – The Penn State Nittany Lion field hockey team (6-1, 1-1 B1G), ranked No.6 in the NFHCA coaching poll, lost a close game in their first Big Road game Ten at No.2 in Iowa (9-0, 2-0 B1G) at Iowa City. Penn State lost 1-0 in the first of two games at Iowa City this weekend (this game counts towards the conference standings because it is a regular conference game).
The teams traded goods in the first three minutes. Iowa had two deep-down possessions on the Penn State side, with both efforts ending with the ball passing through the baseline. Penn State took control of the ball and brought it down into the Iowa circle. Jemma punch (McDowall, Australia) saw a first shot blocked by Iowa goalie Grace McGuire and a rebound shot slipped right off. Mackenzie allessie (Mount Joy, Pa.) Also had a first blow of wide sail seconds later. Annika Urbine saw a shot blocked at 6:30 in the first half as Iowa first hit the cage. Maddy Murphy’s 3:45 shot was right next for Iowa. A late shot from Ellie Holley was saved by the Penn State goalie Brie Barraco (Allentown, Pa.) And the game was tied 0-0 in the second period.
Two minutes into the second period, the Lion defense looked to let an Iowa shot from outside the circle get away, but the ball hit the post and came back into play. Lion, led by Elena Vos (Grave, Netherlands) pushed the ball. Iowa kept the ball, Esme Gibson taking a shot that was blocked just in front of the cage with 12:00 p.m. left in the half. Meghan reese (Coopersburg, Pa) stole an Iowa pass with just under 9:00 am left and worked the ball down the right side of the Iowa circle, with Sophie Gladieux (Boyertown, Pa.) Trying to put pressure on the cage. But the Iowa defense held on as the Hawkeyes pushed the ball into the field and caught the game’s first penalty corner at 8:15. Penn State stopped Iowa’s first corner, but Iowa took a quick second. The Hawkeyes connected at the second turn, with Lokke Stribbs scoring on the turn with help from Leah Zellner and Anthe Nijziel at 7:51. The Hawkeyes kept the pressure on Penn State for the next five minutes and captured their third corner of the period with 2:58 left at the half. The Penn State defense held, and the Nittany Lions were led by one in intermission.
Iowa dominated Penn State 11-4 in the first half, including a 7-0 advantage in the second period. Barraco made two saves for the Lions while McGuire made one for Iowa. Iowa had a 3-0 corner lead in the first two periods.
The opening minutes of the third period were contested in midfield, with each team scoring a few interceptions. But neither team pushed the ball into the opponent’s circle until 1:25 p.m. when Iowa passed through the Lion’s circle and out of bounds. The Nittany Lion defense worked hard over the next 2 hours to keep Iowa from collapsing into the Penn State Circle. The Hawkeyes were hit for a green card with 11:00 a.m. left in the period, but Iowa managed to kill the advantage and the clock went down to 9:00 a.m. Gery Schnarrs (Camp Hill, Pa.) And the Penn State defense stopped a quick break in Iowa and Penn State moved the ball to the Iowa side. But the Iowa defense was up to the task and Iowa regained possession, moved the ball down the field and grabbed the first corner of the second half with 6:53 on the clock. Meghan reese deftly defended the corner and started a quick break that ended in the Iowa circle. Allessie and Bree Bednarski (Wyoming, Pa) moved the ball past the Iowa cage and forced the first Lion corner of the game with 6:22 on the clock. Allessie took the turn, feeding Vos who spotted Anna simon (Hanau, Germany). Simon’s shot was ruled out, however, with 6 hours remaining on the quarterfinal. The teams traded cards (green for Iowa, yellow for Penn State) in the final 2 hours of the period and Penn State was down one after three.
The Penn State defense had to kill an Iowa player advantage in the opening minutes of the final period to hold the game to one goal thanks to the third period yellow card. The Hawkeyes kept the pressure on Penn State and the Iowa offense nearly found the cage with 11:34 left. But a shot from Holley hit the crossbar and the game remained 1-0 with 11:30 on the clock. Penn State received another yellow card with 9:40 left, giving the Hawkeyes the player advantage. The Nittany Lions held off the Hawkeyes’ offense over the next few minutes, killing the yellow card advantage and keeping the ball on the Iowa side. First year students Sophie mannino (Doylestown, Pennsylvania) and Anouk Knuvers (‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands) helped spark Penn State’s defense in the fourth period. Emilie Farrell (Wyoming, Pa) led the ball to the Iowa circle as the clock moved to 3:00 and forced a penalty corner. The corner was defended by Iowa, but Penn State held the ball with 2:40 left. Penn State tried to force a corner over the next minute, but the Iowa defense prevented Penn State from taking another shot and the Nittany Lions lost a hard-fought game 1-0.
“Offensively, I really think Bree Bednarski played really well, but we didn’t show a lot of intensity until the last period, ”said head coach Char Morett-Curtiss. “It’s hard to lose a player for 10 minutes against a team like Iowa and generate an offense. We will learn a lot from this game that will help us prepare for Sunday and every game to come this season. “
Iowa dominated Penn State 12-6, with the Lions holding a 2-1 lead in the second half. Barraco made two saves, McGuire made one, all in the first half. Iowa had a 4-2 advantage on the penalty corners. The shutout was the seventh in a row for Iowa. It also marks the fourth consecutive time Penn State has lost 1-0 to Iowa, including two 1-0 games last season at Virginia Beach and a 1-0 overtime loss in the Big Ten Tournament title game in 2019 at Penn State.
Penn State is now 6-1 overall, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Iowa is now 9-0, 2-0 B1G. The two teams meet again on Sunday, September 26 at 1 p.m. EST (12 p.m. local time) in a non-conference game.
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RATING: 1 2 3 4 FINAL
PENN STATUS 0 0 0 0 0
Iowa 0 1 0 0 1
STATS: PSU IOWA
Shots 6 12
Corners 2 4
SUMMARY OF POINTS (goal / assist) – TIME
1st: IOWA – Lokke Stribbs (Leah Zellner, Anthe Nijziel); 7:51
GOALKEEPERS: MIN GA S
Power supply : Brie Barraco 60:00 1 2
IOWA: Grace McGuire 60:00 0 1