WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit on Kim An's equalizer in the 58th minute, but unbeaten Iowa scored off a rebound eight minutes later and defender Caitlin Brown knocked away an open net attempt as the Hawkeyes took a 2-1 decision in the nightcap of the Black Knight Classic Friday evening.
In the first game of the women's soccer tournament, Syracuse nipped Long Island University with 20 seconds left to pull out a 2-1 victory.
Big Ten member Iowa (7-0-0) received goals from sophomore Cloe Lacasse in the first half and senior Dana Dalrymple in the second half, who also assisted on the first tally.
Lacasse opened the scoring on a shot from 25-yards that bounced off the near side post at the 23:43 mark off a pass from Dalrymple. Army defender Molly McGuigan denied the Hawkeyes a second goal less than two minutes later when she booted away an attempt by Dalrymple heading for the Black Knights net as Iowa headed into the locker room with a 1-0 lead. The Hawkeyes held a slim 8-5 lead in shots, but a 4-1 corner kick advantage.
Army (3-4-0) tied the game 1-1 in the second half off An's header into the left side of the net that came off a cross from freshman Brooke Hepfer at 57:37. The goal was An's second of the season and career 21st, and the assist is Hepfer's second of the season.
Dalyrmple answered with the winning tally off a rebound as Iowa took back the lead in the 66th minute. Following an Army foul, Melanie Pickert's shot on a free kick hit the crossbar with Dalrymple gaining control, then ripping a shot into the right corner for a 2-1 Iowa lead.
In the 76th minute Army freshman Bailey Widman came close to taking advantage of an open net shot when Hawkeye keeper Meg Goodson slipped down, but her shot was kicked away by Brown. Army took four shots over the time remaining with Hepfer's shot the lone on goal in the 85th minute as Goodson finished with three saves in the second half after splitting duties with Hannah Clarkm who made two in the first half.
Army sophomore goalkeeper Linda Rosas turned in a career-high seven saves as the Black Knights were outshot 22-14 and 6-4 in corner kicks.
"Iowa is a very good team, fast on top and strong in the back," commented Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "They are a solid Big Ten team and we put on a good effort along with solid individual plays. We started off slow and picked up the pace in the second half.
"Our back four were solid and our midfield created chances, but we could not get that second goal tonight. We still have some things we have to tweak prior to Sunday's game."
The Black Knights (3-4-0) will look to bounce back on Sunday when they take on Big East member Syracuse at 1:30 p.m. following the game between Iowa and LIU at 11 a.m. in closing out the tournament.
PITCH NOTES: Army's goal is just the third scored against Iowa this season ...the Hawkeyes have outshot their opponents 141-71 this season with a 69-30 advantage in shots on goal ... Iowa is the only unbeaten team in the Big Ten and is off to its second best start in school history.