The shutout streak was put to an end on Sunday as Iowa defeated the Central Michigan women’s soccer team 1-0 in the final match of the Iowa soccer tournament.
Despite out shooting every opponent this season, CMU (3-1) can only be credited with four goals in as many games.
Head coach Tom Anagnost doesn’t think the team is committed on the offensive side, but believes his team was good enough to defeat the Hawkeyes on Sunday.
“We haven’t found the right mix, because we were good enough to beat that team,” he said.
A scoreless tie was broken during the 69th minute when Iowa junior forward Alyssa Cosnek scored the lone goal on a tap in from freshman midfielder Leah DeMoss. Sophomore Stefanie Turner allowed the goal, which ended the season shutout streak at three games.
Senior Shay Mannino played the first half for CMU and was relieved by Turner in the second. Mannino didn’t allow a goal, making three saves. Turner matched Mannino in saves, but allowed the lone goal.
On the other side of the net, junior Emily Moran preserved the win, while collecting a shutout in the process.
“One bad defensive mistake cost us the game,” said junior defenseman Liesel Toth.
Anagnost said the goal was preventable, but the team didn’t respond well after the fact regardless.
“I think we did really well for three quarters of the match,” he said.
To their credit, Anagnost thought Iowa was a talented team with athletic, attacking players.
“I don’t know if this one slipped away,” he said. “We played a good team.”
Iowa (2-1) had 14 shots, seven of which were on tartion Sunday from CMU, which has been apparent since their dominant 4-0 exhibition win against Michigan State on August 15th.
Toth credited the Iowa defense, but felt the team missed their opportunities.
“They had a pretty good defense, but nothing we couldn’t handle,” Toth said. “It was just a matter of getting that final play on the ball and getting it in the net.”
With the loss, the Chippewas’ freshmen experienced their first of their collegiate careers.
“The upperclassmen will tell them we’re just going to have to start from the beginning,” Toth said. “It’s our first loss of the season and we have a lot to work on and we’ll see what we can do before our next match.”
CMU defeated Northern Iowa (0-3) 2-0 on Friday on goals from Toth and freshman Nicole Samuel.
Toth scored her fourth career goal just before the half during the 43nd minute. Samuel extended the lead with the second goal of her career during the 72 minute. She shot the ball off the crossar and it dropped past Northern Iowa’s junior goalkeeper Lauren Potzman.
Despite the 1-0 loss Sunday, the Chippewas have 22 shutouts in their last 28 outings.