The Iowa soccer team lost to Maryland 1-0 Thursday at the Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City. The shutout loss is the first defeat in the Big Ten for the Hawkeyes (8-2 overall, 3-1 Big Ten).
Maryland entered the score sheet in the 17th minute when Riley Barger passed to Shade Pratt, who kicked a strike into the top right corner of the net for the match's only goal — and also the first goal allowed by Iowa goalie Hannah Clark in conference play this season.
Iowa had three scoring opportunities within the first 15 minutes of the match but did not capitalize. Cloe Lacasse had a pair of breakaway chances. The Hawkeyes also had chances in the final minutes as Melanie Pickert had two shots and Anne Marie Thomas had one. Pickert's attempt in the 84th minute followed a flurry of action in front of the net between the two teams.
Overall, Iowa coach Dave DiIanni's squad outshot the Terrapins (4-3-2, 2-1-1) 10-6.
"I liked how we came out to start the game, but we gave them a lot of confidence," DiIanni said. "On the goal, we let a service come in from the width, and we weren't tight enough for the first 10-15 minutes, and it cost us. We had to chase the game after that."
Iowa returns to action at noon Sunday against Rutgers in Iowa City.