Milwaukee Falls To Iowa In Exhibition Finale
Aug 17, 2013
Iowa City, Iowa - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team dropped its final exhibition match of the season Saturday afternoon, falling 4-1 to Iowa at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
"I'm really glad we got this opportunity to play a Big Ten opponent," Milwaukee head coach Greg Henschel said. "Obviously, a big chunk of our schedule is Big Ten opponents, so it's good to face that level of competition. We had some great learning moments from today's game and we'll use that moving forward."
UWM got on the board early in the second half with a nice finish from freshman Maria Stephans, who was one of eight freshmen to see the field Saturday. Amy Kauffung started the play down the right side, slotting the ball forward to Kelly Lewers. The First-Team All-Horizon League member from a year ago beat her defender and crossed the ball to Stephans, who one-touched it into the back of the net.
"We played quite a few newcomers today," Henschel said. "It was nice to see the addition of Maria Stephans. She helped the team out a bit there as a starting newcomer. We're a young team this year, there's no doubt about that. We have 13 freshmen technically out of 27 players. We need the young players to catch up and aspire to what our veteran players bring to the field and we all need to get to the level our opponents bring to the field. I was pleased with everyone's effort overall. The newcomers I think are really moving forward quickly."
The Panthers were pounding on the door throughout the second half, tallying eight of their 10 shots after the break and forcing Iowa's goalies to make a flurry of saves.
Two of those saves came just one minute apart. Taylor Swittel took a through ball in the box and just beat her defender to the ball, but a nice diving effort by keeper Kiley Beck pushed the ball just wide. Off the ensuing corner, Milwaukee played the ball out where Callie O'Donnell sent the ball far post where the ball was cleared off by an Iowa defender. Abbey Hoerchner then found an opening only to see her shot carom off the crossbar.
Iowa, which has not lost a non-conference game in nearly three years, got on the board in the third minute with an impressive shot from the right of the box and just past an outstretched Natalie Fettinger. The Hawkeyes tallied their second goal midway through the first frame and added a third off a header from a perfectly placed free kick just before half.
Milwaukee opens its regular season next week at Michigan. Kick off is set for 6:30 p.m. Central in Ann Arbor, Mich.