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Ten-goal outburst launches Iowa past Missouri State

BY NICK SZAFRANSKI | SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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Offense was the only thing on the mind of the Hawkeyes.

No. 12 Iowa defeated Missouri State, 10-2, on Sunday at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes used the 10-goal outburst to improve their record to 7-1 on the season.

"We've been focusing on just doing the role that is needed for a play instead of just running into your position," head coach Tracey Griesbaum said. "We just need to share the ball a lot and just do what needs to be done for that play. It's been the emphasis this past week, and we accomplished that pretty well."

Eight different players scored for the Black and Gold. Junior forward Sarah Drake and sophomore forward Marike Stribos each had a pair of goals for the Hawkeyes.

"We made a lot of change when we were on the field," Stribos said. "We took in a lot of information, we changed our game, and that's what made our offense really successful. Our finishing was really good, like passing outside of the goalkeeper and dumping balls in the circle."

Missouri State got on the board first, however. The Bears capitalized on an early lapse in Iowa's defense and scored at the four-minute mark. Iowa surged from then on, outscoring the Bears 9-1 for the remainder of the game. The Hawkeyes had 32 shots on goal compared with Missouri State's nine.
"We weren't surprised when Missouri State started coming at us really hard," Drake said. "We had to nail our individual skill and be able to move the ball and maintain possession."

The Hawkeyes are on a six-game win streak after losing to now-No. 1 North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Aug. 28. During the streak, Iowa has outscored its opponents, 32-6.

"Each [position], we have a couple of people that step up," Stribos said. "I felt it in warm-ups; we were ready to go. The energy was there; everyone was 100 percent focused in … I had a good feeling."

Sunday was the first time Iowa has scored at least 10 goals in a game since a 12-0 win against St. Louis on Sept. 19, 2009.

The Hawkeyes will kick off Big Ten play this weekend when they host Michigan State (3-5) at 3 p.m. Friday and No. 7 Penn State (5-3) at 1 p.m. Sept. 25.

Drake said it's crucial for the Hawkeyes to carry their momentum into league games.

"It has been something we have been talking about," the junior said. "All of the schools we play, we have a target on our back. It gets bigger and bigger every game we win. We have to thrive on the pressure, and every team wants to beat us now that we have the second-best possible season we can have going into conference play.

"This is the exact position we wanted to be in going into Big Ten play."


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