Oct. 25, 2009
IOWA CITY, Iowa - - The 14th-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team defeated host Iowa 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Iowa's Grant Field. The Cards improve to 10-7, while the Hawkeyes drop to 6-9 on the season.
"I am pleased that we fought through and found a way to put the ball in the cage," said U of L head coach Pam Bustin. "I was happy with our team attack and defense throughout the game. I thought our corner defense did a good job defending against Iowa's dangerous corners and I thought our offense did a good job of challenging them."
The teams played through a scoreless first half in which Iowa held a 6-5 edge in both shots and penalty corners.
Both of Louisville's goals came in a five minute span in the second half despite Iowa outshooting the Cards 8-5 and gaining a 7-3 corner advantage. Junior Karah Nall put the Cardinals on the scoreboard midway through the second half when she deflected junior Nicole Youman's penalty corner shot to give Louisville a 1-0 lead at the 54:49 mark. Five minutes later, Youman delivered an unassisted goal to make it a 2-0 game.
U of L goalkeeper senior Heather Bustanoby (10-7) collected six saves as the Cards notched their fifth shutout of the season. Iowa's Kathleen McGraw had five stops in the game.
Louisville is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 31 when the Cards visit Georgetown to wrap up BIG EAST Conference play.