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Iowa Athletics | September 19, 2021

College field hockey: No. 2 Iowa silences No. 5 Louisville, 2-0

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The No. 2 Iowa field hockey team posted its second top-five win of the season, downing No. 5 Louisville, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium. The Hawkeyes move to an 8-0 start on the season — the best start since 1999 — with three wins against top-11 ranked foes.

“Our senior leadership shined through,” said head coach Lisa Cellucci. “This was a defensive battle and required great discipline to defend the lethal offense that Louisville possesses.”

PAST CHAMPS: Here's every DI field hockey national champion since 1981

The Hawkeyes got on the board in the 19th minute when senior Leah Zellner hit a laser from just inside the circle to give Iowa a 1-0 lead. Just before the half, the lead doubled when senior Ciara Smith found the back of the cage for her sixth strike. Senior Ellie Holley was credited with the assist.

Up 2-0 at the break, there was a two-hour and 27-minute weather delay before action resumed. Out of delay, Iowa’s defense pressured Louisville the remainder of the match to seal the game and its sixth consecutive shutout.

RANKINGS: Here's the updated 2021 field hockey rankings

The Hawkeyes return home to host No. 8 Penn State for two games beginning Friday at 6 p.m. (CT).


  • This is Iowa’s third victory over a nationally-ranked team this season. The Hawkeyes have wins over No. 1 North Carolina, No. 5 Louisville and No. 11 Wake Forest.
  • This is Iowa’s first win over Louisville since 2008 in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Senior Grace McGuire recorded two saves on the day en route to her 13th career shutout.
  • Iowa has not allowed a goal in 395:20 minutes of game time since the second game of the season against North Carolina.
  • This was the first game this season Iowa didn’t score at least three goals.

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